28 October—29 October 2023

Mayflower trips

Please note: Mayflower is currently not operational while she is undergoing vital conservation work. To help us provide future care and support for our working exhibits please do consider making a monthly donation to our independent charity Bristol Museum Development Trust (charity number 137777).

Explore the harbour aboard the world’s oldest steam tug, built in Bristol in 1861.

The little steam tug Mayflower was launched from a shipyard at what is now Pooles Wharf on 18 May, 1861. She went to work on the ship canal between Sharpness and Gloucester and managed a working life of over 100 years.

Mayflower then spent 15 years narrowly avoiding the scrap yard before she came back to her birthplace in 1981 to be restored by staff and volunteers from Bristol Museums.

Since then, Mayflower has been a familiar sight in the harbour, running regular weekend trips for those who enjoy the peace and serenity of steam-powered ships.

Dates for 2023

We hope to have Mayflower operational for the following dates, subject to work taking place:

  • Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 October


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

  • £8 adult (age 13+)
  • £6 concession
  • £2 children under four
  • Babies free

Trips last approximately 30 minutes. You must be able to board the vessel via the gang plank.

Additional information

Please note, 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 directly with us to avoid disappointment by calling 0117 352 6600.

Read more about Mayflower over on the Working Exhibits section.

Image credit: Neil Phillips

More rides on the Working Exhibits