Visitors Marina Guide





Channel Is




Ch 80

Call Sign


HW -3 to HW

Berthing Rates

short stay:
not offered

£2.25 per metre

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YHA Rating

not rated


240V, 16/30A

50 ton

marina office

12 ton

code entry

code entry

9am to 6pm


limited stock


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About the Marina

A six mile trek up the River Avon brings you to Bristol's only fully serviced marina. Situated on the south side of the Floating Harbour, the Bristol Marina is flanked by the Baltic Wharf Water Leisure Centre to the West and Brunel’s SS Great Britain to the East.

The Bristol Marina is not only accessible from the sea, but also from the inland waterways of the Kennet and Avon Canal which leads all the way to London thus making it possible to circumnavigate the South Coast of England.

The marina’s been in operation since the 80’s and has a capacity of 100 pontoons berths and 70 shore berths for vessels up to 20m LOA. For getting into town by foot the marina is unfortunately on the wrong side of the Floating Harbour involving a long detour around the dock. However, bus and ferry services are just a few minutes walk from the marina's main entrance where the City of Bristol is renowned for its maritime culture and tourists attractions, along with its large choice of restaurants, clubs, pubs, and shopping malls.
There is a Petrol Station on the opposite side of the dock, 2 minutes walk from the mooring/ferry stop, and a Chandlery and Sailmakers on site.

There is a local shop with an ATM 300m from the Marina.

Marina Approaches

Your passage plan from Avonmouth needs to work back from the Bristol locking times. Cumberland Basin is the seaward approach to the Floating Harbour and first locking into Cumberland Basin is about -2.5hrs HW and the last locking into the Floating Harbour is -15minsHW. The trip upriver from Avonmouth Pierhead to Bristol Lock is just under 6Nm, which takes about an hour with the tide. Therefore you need to arrive off Avonmouth about -2hrs HW and then navigate the Swash Channel all the way up to the locks of the Cumberland Basin which are about half a mile beyond the Clifton Suspension Bridge. If you arrive at the Cumberland Lock at HW you’re too late! If you arrive too early or miss a lock, there are waiting berths at the Hotwell Pontoons. Just beyond the first tidal lock is a small basin where you wait for the Plimsoll Swing Bridge to let you into the Cumberland Basin. A further set of locks and a swing bridge will let you into the Floating Harbour where the marina entrance can be seen about 500m further to the right.

Cumberland Basin is controlled by the Dock Master 0117 927 3633.

VHF: LOW POWER ONLY on Channel 14 calling "CITY DOCKS RADIO" During Tidal Watch.

The Inland Waterway route to Bristol Marina is via Netham Lock and the Feeder Canal. The Feeder Canal serves as a navigation link between the Floating Harbour and towards the City of Bath. During the day the lock gates are open unless the water level in the river is above or below the level of the harbour.