Barton House evacuation: information for residents.

Why swimming is not allowed in Bristol Harbour, the dangers, Bristol Harbour swimming pilot.

It's illegal to swim in any part of Bristol Harbour.

Swimming is not safe because Bristol Harbour is a working harbour.

Do not swim or organise swimming in any part of Bristol Harbour unless the Harbour Master has given consent.

Dangers of swimming in the harbour

Dangers include:

  • cold water shock
  • getting hit by a boat
  • hazardous or discarded objects under the water
  • occasional very strong currents due to tides
  • occasional poor water quality

Swimming in groups does not reduce any of the risks above.

Find out more about water safety on the National Water Safety Forum website.

If someone's in trouble in the water

If you get into trouble near the water, or notice someone who needs help in the water, call 999 and ask for the Fire and Rescue Service.

Find more Bristol Harbour contact information.

Bristol Harbour swimming pilot

From Saturday 29 April to Sunday 28 May 2023, we're running a swimming pilot in Bristol Harbour. This means people can swim from 8am to 10am on Saturdays and Sundays in a cordoned-off area of the harbour during this time.

See Bristol Harbour swimming pilot.