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Bristol Packet Boat Trips

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Address: Gas Ferry Road | SS Great Britain Car Park, Bristol BS1 6UN, England
Phone Number: +44 117 926 8157
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Bristol Packet Boat Trips provide Harbour Tours, River Cruises and Boat...

Bristol Packet Boat Trips provide Harbour Tours, River Cruises and Boat Parties. We also provide special educational trips with commentary's that can be adapted to suit the requirements of the group.

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Great little boat trip

45 minute tour of the main sights of the waterway. Gave lots of interesting facts and tips along the way and had good local knowledge. Well recommended.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Deana K
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

45 minute tour of the main sights of the waterway. Gave lots of interesting facts and tips along the way and had good local knowledge. Well recommended.

Thank Deana K
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Wanted to tour harbour, seemed to be ideal trip with commentary. We purchased ticket from tourist information turned up at pontoon only to find morning trips cancelled, next one at 2.30 wanting to see the harbour we decided to go shopping then return that afternoon, we rushed back for 2.30 only to find a group of people waiting but no... More 

Thank Martin W
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87 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Great little tour. Lots of details all the way around the harbour side, from, the boats, buildings, and area passed. Tips for harbourside bars and restaurants and loads of history. Covered boat so weather not a problem. 45 mins entertainment for 6 quid.

Thank Andrew A
Dublin, Ireland
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91 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We took the boat tour in the Bristol Floating Harbour. The guide was excellent with lots of information.The fare was £6.00 per adult and lasted 45 minutes. It was a glass top sightseeing boat with all weather protection and heating.

Thank Dorothy S
Sydney, Australia
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313 reviews
235 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 533 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

While the commentary to the boat trip was informative, what you actually see from the "Floating Harbour" is not of much interest, the most interesting thing being a view of Brunel's SS Great Britain from outside its drydock (which you might have already seen or will see in detail when you visit it - see our seperate review). But, the... More 

Thank aussiewanderers
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103 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

For £6 you cant go wrong! A lovely 45 min trip around the floating harbour was a nice relaxing trip, at the helm was James who gave an excellent commentry on the history of the harbourside, thoroughly enjoyable and would have another trip when back in Bristol. Refreshments and a toilet are available on board and James covered the safety... More 

Thank valoneisone
Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

As part of a birthday treat we had a cream tea harbour cruise. It lasted nearly 2 hours, and was fun, informative, and excellent value for money. The tea was plentiful and delicious. Well worth going on this!

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Luke D, Manager at Bristol Packet Boat Trips, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your Cream Tea Cruise. Our crew love this trip as they all enjoy a cream tea too. More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

We took the harbour tour. Although we live in Bristol it's fun to do some of the tourist things, and having done this tour we would certainly take visitors. It's only possible to scratch the surface of Bristol's maritime history in 45 minutes but our guide did a good job. Informative and entertaining.

Thank Anne001_12
Bristol, United Kingdom
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411 reviews
214 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

What a lovely way to travel to Beese's tea garden. Beautiful boat, the Tower Bell, for discovering the richness of Bristol's waterside. Good for sight seeing and Tower Bell has good loos and a small bar

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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117 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Wonderful fairly priced place to start your visit to Bristol Harbor. The crew was attentive and provided an excellent history of the harbor and pointed out sights along the harbor which we explored after the trip...they pointed out a great BBQ place I reviewed right on the harbor. There is a pay and display parking lot about 50m behind the... More 

Thank John C

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