16 July—17 July 2022

Pyronaut trips

Take a boat trip with a difference! Watch the powerful water cannon at work on Bristol’s former fire-boat, on a trip around the docks that she was built to protect.

Pyronaut served in Bristol from 1934 until 1973, working particularly hard in the Blitz in 1940-41.

In 1940, Pyronaut was faced with her most challenging fire-fighting period, as the air raids of the Bristol blitz damaged and destroyed countless warehouses, factories, shops and homes around the Floating Harbour. During this time, she was constantly manned and worked through some of the worst raids of the war.

Dates for 2022

  • Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 July
  • Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 August
  • Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 September


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 Pyronaut over on the Working Exhibits section.

More rides on the Working Exhibits