Bristol Harbour facilities and marine services

Bristol Harbour facilities and marine services

How to apply for shore storage and other facilities available in Bristol Harbour

Shore storage

Shore storage in Bristol Harbour is suitable for canoes on racks, rowing boats and dinghies of up to five metres in length with launching trolley. 

Two areas of storage are available: hard standing and racks.

You can’t store road trailers and outboard motors.

To join the waiting list for shore storage you should fill in and return the storage application form (pdf, 19KB) (opens new window) .

Toilets and showers

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Toilet and shower facilities are not available to those on visiting vessels.

The situation is under consideration as we assess cleansing requirements to make sure the facilities are safe to make available to visitors.

Visitors can use the temporary public toilet facilities on Hannover Quay (near the Pavilion building), open from 9.30am to 9.30pm daily.

The boaters toilet pump outs and Elsan disposal facilities are available.

There are toilet and shower blocks in Bristol Harbour at:

  • Baltic Wharf Water Leisure Centre: free shower facilities for licence holders
  • Wapping Wharf: shower (code access) and disabled toilets
  • Mud Dock: Unisex toilet and shower (code access)
  • Bathurst Basin: toilets and showers (code access) with disabled
  • Bristol  Marina: toilets
  • Elson facilities are also available
  • Pavilion Shower block

The toilets are locked and you can get a key from the Harbour Office.

Public slipways

Baltic Wharf, Underfall Yard, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6XG

Slip way information

  • maximum vessel length: 6 metres
  • water depth at the outer end: 1.2 metres

Centre and slipway opening hours

April to September, Monday to Sunday: 7.30am to 10pm

October to March, Monday to Sunday: 8am to 7.30pm

There's no charge for annual licensed vessels using the slipway.

You can’t use the slipway during some special events so check with us to see if the slipway is open.

In case of emergency the slipway may be locked without warning. If this happens call us on 117 903 1484.

Bristol Marina slipway

For the opening times go to Bristol Marina slipway.

Repair facilities

There are repair facilities at:


A number of metered electricity points are available around the docks.

You can buy £1, £5 and £10 electricity cards at the Harbour Office, The Boathouse at the new inlet, The Coffee and Crepe Cabin on Prince Street Bridge and the Nova Scotia pub.

All connecting leads must comply with the conditions and instructions for connection to shore supply.

You can buy the cable from the Harbour Office up to a maximum length of 25m.

If you’re a long-term berth holder you can get a dedicated outlet by paying an additional annual charge.

See the Annual Navigation and Berthing Charges for costs or visit the Harbour Office.

Fresh water

Water for small vessels

Free fresh water taps are on the face of the quay wall in several places.

You’ll need a hose with a 5/8-inch union.

Report any leaks to the Harbour Office.


  • hold the end of the hose while the tank is being filled
  • don’t connect to a plumbing installation on board
  • unattended hoses will be removed by the Harbour Master
  • don’t put hoses in harbour water as this can lead to contamination of the water supply
  • don’t use hoses for cleaning chemical toilets or other sanitary fittings
  • we may turn off the water supplies during periods of extreme cold weather to avoid damage to the water pipes

Water for vessels over 30 tonnes gross register

Contact the Harbour Office during normal office hours, giving 48 hours’ notice, to arrange for a waterman to supply water from a hydrant.

The fee depends on the size of your vessel so check with us.

Contact information

Harbour Office

Underfall Yard

Cumberland Road

Bristol, BS1 6XG

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Open for general enquiries, licensing and the purchasing of commodities daily (except Christmas Day) as follows:

Summer (BST)

Harbour Office: Monday to Sunday 08.30am to 4.30pm

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 07.30am and 10.00pm

Winter (GMT)

Harbour Office: Monday to Sunday 10am to 3pm

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 9am and 5pm

VHF Radio

Channel 73, call sign BRISTOL FLOATING HARBOUR.


Tel: 0117 903 1484

Fax: 0117 903 1487