28 April—28 July 2024

Crane visits

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 2024

  • Saturday 28 April
  • Sunday 29 April
  • Saturday 18 May
  • Sunday 19 May
  • Saturday 1 June
  • Sunday 2 June
  • Saturday 27 July
  • Sunday 28 July

More weekend dates to follow.

Tickets for the cranes

Buy tickets on the day from the ticket office by the M Shed platform.

£8 adult (age 13+)
£6 concession

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!).

Additional information

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.

You can read more about the cranes over on the Working Exhibits section.

Image credit: Neil Philips

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