Swing bridges

Swing bridge contact information, opening times and procedures for Bristol Harbour.

Prince Street Swing Bridge

If you need Prince Street Bridge opened then please contact us at least 12 hours in advance.

Prince Street Bridge is normally opened once an hour.

It opens between these times:

Summer: 9.30 am to 9.30 pm

Winter: 9.30 am to 4.15 pm

The water level is usually between 0.0m and 0.1m above harbour datum, but can be up to 0.5m above.

You should check the gauge boards, which are on bridge abutments, before passing under the bridge.

Redcliffe Bridge and Pero's Bridge

These bridges require special arrangements and so you’ll need to contact us to arrange any opening.

Swing bridges in Cumberland Basin

Contact our Docking Team at the Watch House, on the south side of the Entrance Lock to arrange the swinging of these bridges.

Plimsoll swing bridge

The Plimsoll swing bridge is just after the Entrance Lock

Plimsoll swing bridge clearance: 5.8 metres above harbour level and 5.9 metres (mean high water springs)

Harbour notice 27/17 is in effect for using this bridge.

Junction Swing Bridge (Merchants Road)

This swing bridge is just over the Junction Lock.

Junction swing bridge clearance: 2.5 metres above harbour level

Times we don’t open the Cumberland Basin swing bridges   

The Plimsoll and Junction bridges can’t be opened Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays) between 7.30am to 9am and 4.30pm to 6pm.

We might need to keep the bridges closed 30 minutes either side of these times as road traffic has priority.

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: Saturday to Thursday 08.00 to 17.00, Friday 08.00 to 16.30

From 1 June 2016: Monday to Sunday 08.30 to 16.30

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 07.30 and 22.30

Winter (GMT)

Harbour Office: Monday to Sunday 10.00 to 15.00

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 09.00 and 17.00

VHF Radio

Channel 73, callsign BRISTOL FLOATING HARBOUR.

Email: harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 903 1484

Fax: 0117 903 1487