bristol city docks

One of my favourite parts of Bristol is the 83 acres of water which run through the heart of the city.
Click here to go to a virtual map of Bristol City Docks.
New BBC Bristol Online Harbourside pages here.
Sadly, the city council does not seem to be able, or willing, to fight off property developers who want to turn the City Docks into an expensive housing estate. The Save Our Harbour campaign are fighting these proposals which threaten all that is special about this unique inland port.  Sadly, the property speculators have won a recent battle over land at Wapping Wharf, which probably means the flood-gates will open.
The "Harbourside" area at Canon's Marsh is currently the focus of debate. Follow the link for background and relevant links.
During the summer months I work for the Bristol Packet 'driving' the narrowboat Redshank and giving guided tours.
Malcolm Brammar of the University of trhe West of England has created an experimental sound portrait of the harbour. I'm in there somewhere!
Bristol has been a port for well over a thousand years and there are many fascinating corners to explore.
BBC webcam at St Augustine's Reach
Check out the Virtual Tour of Bristol at a great new site called Sieved Bristol

Bristol's Harbourside coverI have written a book Bristol's Harbourside: A Guide to the City Docks,  ISBN 0-9530270-0-7, which is available by mail order from The Hotwell Press, 305 Hotwell Road, Hotwells, BRISTOL, BS8 4NQ.
The book costs £4.95.  Post and packing are free.  Online updates here.  Sorry no direct credit card orders, just send a cheque to the above address made payable to the Hotwell Press.  Don't forget to include your name and address.

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Click here for a sample of the contents!

The Matthew leaving entrance lock on May 3rd, 1997 In 1997 we celebrated the 500th anniversary of John Cabot's voyage to Newfoundland.  He sailed in the Matthew.  Starting on May 3rd 1997 the voyage was recreated in the replica Matthew and there are lots of details about her return voyage on this site.  The Matthew came back to Bristol on September 12th 1998.  Currently she is moored next to the ss Great Britain, although she does make occasional excursions elsewhere.  Pictures of the Matthew being built in 1995 here

Here follows a brief guide to many of the attractions in the City Docks area.

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The sand dredger Harry Brown exiting junction lock, circa 1989

The sand dredger Harry Brown leaving the junction lock on one of her last voyages in 1989

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