Every year since 2007, Classic Boat has celebrated the best restorations, newly built boats, people and more, in the wonderful world of traditional vessels and the people who make them float.  The boats and people shortlisted this year include nominees from the yard. You can vote once in each category, and we would strongly recommend voting for: Bristol 32 & 16 for Powered Vessel – New […]

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Omni Productions helped Auto Trader appeal to a new audience with their “It’s that Easy” TV, Cinema and Radio campaign. Working with ad agency Mynt Design, Omni were tasked with bringing the brief to life by producing a campaign that weaves its way between the familiarity and nostalgia of big and small life moments, experienced by every kind of motorist in the country. Auto Trader […]


Over the last few days we have had the yard gates lock whilst RB Boatbuilding were launching their latest pilot cutter.  Jonathan Livingston was taken out of the Big Shed on Friday 15 September and the crane arrived early Monday morning to get her into the harbour. We have captured much of the build using a time-lapse camera, which was purchased with support from the […]

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Much to our absolute delight, today we met Stanley Brown’s son George and his wife Mavis when they came to visit Underfall Yard.  George remembered that his father’s apprenticeship had been at Llewellin and James foundry, which is profiled on Grace’s Guide. He also recalled memories of Uncle Bill who worked in the casting shop at Sampson’s on Malago Road, which is where Underfall Yard […]

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A few weeks ago we met Leonard Brown and his family, who recognised Leonard’s brother Stanley in one of the photos in our Visitor Centre. Stanley Brown worked at Underfall Yard for about 20 years from shortly after the end of the Second World War until the mid-1960s as an engineer, which Leonard says “was the making of him”.  Leonard shared with us some lovely […]


From September 2017, our Visitor Centre will not open on Mondays. The Visitor Centre will be open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm until the clocks change.  During GMT, the Visitor Centre will close at 4pm. The yard itself will still be open to walk through on Mondays.  As a working yard, occasionally it may be necessary to close the yard gates at short notice […]


We are delighted to announce that Underfall Yard and Alec French Architects have been awarded Bristol Civic Society’s 2017 Design Award. Bristol Civic Society runs the prestigious Design Awards, which recognise developments in Bristol which make a positive contribution to the local environment through excellence of design.  The Civic Society has made awards for many years, celebrating good quality design – buildings, transport projects and improvements […]


Today, the yard gates were locked whilst a very exciting and dangerous operation was carried out.  Star Yacht’s launched Annabel.  She was craned into the water and doesn’t she look marvellous.  She will only be with us for a short while (approximately 10 days) so if you want to see her, get down to the yard quickly for a sneak peak. To find out more […]


A year ago, on 18 March 2016, we opened the doors of the Visitor Centre to the public for the very first time.  On that first day, our volunteers braved the cold and rain to meet and greet members of the public.  Ever since then, our wonderful and dedicated volunteers have greeted over 72,000 visitors by giving 5,000 hours of their time. Our volunteers are amazing: we are regularly […]


Bristol Ferry’s Independence arrived today at Underfall Yard for essential maintenance. She was built in 1927 to work the shallow waters of the River Severn and Wye.  For a time Independence worked on the Erewash Canal in Derbyshire, built by the famous canal and harbour engineer William Jessop who was the main designer of Bristol Floating Harbour.  She also spent some time working in the […]

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