Experience a working crane on the dockside with trips inside the electric cranes and the Fairbairn steam crane, M Shed’s biggest exhibits!
Watch the impressive landmarks at work and find out about the vital part they played in the working life of the dockside.
A landmark on Bristol’s docks, these cargo cranes are a link to the city’s 1950s trading heyday.
The cranes are the last survivors of eight which were originally on the quayside and of over 40 which were originally in the City Docks during the 1950s.
Dates for 2023
- Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 October: Steam crane
Tickets for the cranes
Buy tickets on the day from the ticket office by the M Shed platform.
£8 adult (age 13+)
Prices are inclusive of VAT. You must be at least one metre tall to visit the electric cranes. Visits last approximately 20 minutes.
It is free to visit the steam crane (donations welcome!).
M Shed’s large working exhibits are operated by volunteers. Occasionally crew shortages, mechanical difficulties or adverse weather conditions may force us to alter or cancel the advertised event. We advise you to check with us to avoid disappointment by calling 0117 352 6600.
Image credit: Neil Philips