The yard is benefiting from the first major tranche of funding from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund which will see almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including Underfall Yard have being awarded funding from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. Grants of up to £1 million will deliver a lifeline for the heritage sector in England with further support to follow and larger […]

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April 2020

Underfall Yard is all about the Harbour and the sea. Why not learn to tie the perfect knot from the comfort of your own home? All you need for most knots is about one metre of rope or thick cord. For some knots you will also need something to tie on to, a table leg would be ideal. Carrick bend instruction simple Heaving line knot […]

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Underfall Yard’s Power House is a landmark on Bristol Harbour. Print your copy here to see if you can brighten the place up! You are welcome to send photos of your work to info@underfallyard.co.uk to add to our gallery!

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In Spring 2020 Underfall Yard taking part in Bristol City Council’s inaugural Learning Festival. Underfall Yard Volunteer Journalist Alex Taylor investigates. An array of local organisations are getting involved including: Arnos Vale Cemetery Brave Bold Drama Bristol Adult Learning Bristol Ferry Boats CALM Clifton Suspension Bridge GenECO OnSite PROPS SS Great Britain Underfall Yard Unite the Union University of Bristol   Underfall Yard is involved […]

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New for 2020, Underfall Yard is happy to announce a new opportunity for visitors to experience the yard’s unique Victorian Workshop in action. Underfall Yard is a working boat yard and docks maintenance facility that has been in continual use since the 1880s. While the history of the yard and the development of the Harbour can be investigated in the visitor centre, a lesser-known jewel […]

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Come along for a special evening of poetry centred on the activities, soundscapes, and history of Underfall Yard by the boatyard’s first ever Poet in Residence, Suzannah V. Evans. Suzannah has been at the boatyard since mid-July and will share material written over the past few months. She will be joined by the local Bristol poets Holly Corfield Carr and Jack Thacker. Refreshments provided. Please […]


The yard’s Poet in Residence Suzannah V. Evans has been immersing herself in life at the Underfall.   ‘Like a man in a boat who is safe and sound as long as he stays within the boat’s timbers’ Bernard O’Donoghue, ‘The Boat’ I’ve now been working as Poet in Residence at Underfall Yard for a month, and it’s been glorious. I love loping round the boatyard […]

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28th and 29th September 2019 Explore Bristol’s maritime past at Docks Heritage Weekend 2019, with events for all ages at Underfall Yard, M Shed and SS Great Britain. This annual event celebrates the important story of Bristol’s historic Docks, which were the centre of the city’s trade for centuries. Eclipsed after the 1920s by Avonmouth Docks, the last regular trading ship departed in 1974 and […]


The Underfall Yard Trust is delighted to welcome Suzannah V. Evans as the yard’s first Poet in Residence. An outstanding poet, Suzannah is a PhD researcher in the Department of English Studies at Durham University. Find out more about Suzannah’s work here. ‘You do just have to listen to the boatman.’        – Vahni Capildeo, ‘Inishbofin: II’  I first discovered Underfall Yard on an evening […]

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July 2019

Underfall Yard Work Experience student Renée Weber has been finding out about Yard Fest which coincides with Harbour Festival 2019. The Harbour Festival is taking place this year from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July. It celebrates the city’s maritime heritage and the importance of Bristol’s docks and harbour. Visitors can enjoy: food, dance, music, live circus acts, handmade crafts, henna tattoos, games and so much more. Immerse […]

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