2 May—3 May 2020

Mayflower trips

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Due to these uncertain times, trips on the Mayflower have been postponed until further notice and M Shed is closed. To stay informed about all future and rescheduled events, please consider joining our mailing list. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.


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

Dates for 2020

  • Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 May
  • Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 June
  • Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 July
  • Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 September
  • Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 October
  • Saturday 31 October – Sunday 1 November

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, Galleries & Archives.

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.

Read more about Mayflower over on the Working Exhibits section.

Image credit: Neil Phillips

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