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 […]



January 2017

Up on the patent slipway is the Matthew of Bristol.  She is having maintenance work done and she was supposed to stay with us until 13th January. Unfortunately for her (but luckily for us!) she needs a bit more of repair done, as they have to replace more planks than expected. Therefore, she is going to stay with us a little bit longer (until the end […]


Congratulations to Tom Nash, a boatbuilder at the yard who has been awarded The Alfred Telling Award.  Tom has worked at Underfall Yard since 2015 and worked for several yard businesses: Tim Loftus Boatbuilding, Star Yachts and RB Boatbuilding. The Alfred Telling Award is a Scholarship awarded annually to a young person from the City of Bristol to further their education and development in their chosen […]


Rachel, a mechanical engineer, started working at Underfall Yard Trust this year as our Workshop Manager.   Last year she began volunteering at Clifton Suspension Bridge and her experience there led to a career change, which brought her to the yard.  And it is for that volunteering that she has won the South West category of the prestigious ‘Volunteers for Museum Learning’ award. For the seventh year The British […]


Our mural was designed by young people from South Bristol with the help of local artist Katharina Nyilas.  It celebrates Bristol’s Harbour Master and the amazing work that they do all year round.  The Harbour Master’s team takes care of Bristol’s waterways from Netham Lock to Cumberland Basin. We are inviting our visitors and local community to help us paint the mural over Docks Heritage Weekend, 1&2 […]

An young visitor at the new Underfall Visitor Centre

On 18 March 2016 we opened our Visitor Centre and, just over 6 months later, we are delighted to share with you that over 40,000 people have visited. In this time we have organised visits and tours for schools and children’s centres from across Bristol; scouting organisations and groups for young people; and special interest and social clubs. Our wonderful volunteers have given over 2,800 hours […]


We are delighted to announce that our building works are due to be completed in September.  Our contractors, John Perkins, have been with us since June 2015 to repair and restore many of our buildings.  One of the great successes of the project is that none of the buildings look markedly different: structural works have been carried out sensitively using materials that blend in. Bricks […]


Julie Sienesi takes over from Nicola Dyer, our former Project Director, who has been overseeing the £4million Heritage Lottery Fund capital works since commencement. Julie is passionate about the yard and joins us after 18 years at the ss Great Britain. Rachel Gollin is due to join us at the end of June as our Workshop Manager. Her first priority is getting the pumps up […]

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