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 […]

New builds at Underfall yard

Both Star Yachts and RB Boatbuilding are working on new builds. Win, of Star Yachts, said they are looking forward to completing the 32ft twin engine motor launch later this summer. Work is progressing rapidly in the Big Shed (which is not open to the public) and we all look forward to seeing the end result. Visitors to the yard often want to see what […]

Harbour Festival and Underfall Yard 2016

Visit Underfall Yard on 15-17 July for a spectacular weekend of food, fun and fine boats. Underfall Yard, the historic heart of the harbour, is joining in with the Harbour Festival for the first time in 2016. We’ll be hosting historic vessels including Olga, a 1909 Bristol Channel pilot cutter, and Vigilant, a vintage 1930 yacht designed by Uffa Fox – with lots of opportunities […]


We are seeking friendly volunteers to join us for this exciting new step to help us welcome visitors to our site and be part of our growing team.  We have several different roles available: Visitor Centre Volunteer Visitor Centre & Tour Leader Volunteer Weekend Visitor Centre Volunteer Weekend Visitor Centre & Tour Leader Volunteer Weekend Hydraulic Pump Operator Weekend Human Accumulator Operator Volunteer Registration Form If […]


We look forward to welcoming you all to our hands-on learning experience for visitors of all ages. As well as our permanent displays, we will be running a number of events each month. Admission is FREE Open daily, including Sundays, 10am to 5pm (Easter to October). Volunteering at the Visitor Centre The Visitor Centre relies on the ongoing support and dedication of our volunteers.  If […]

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