Bristol Port

Port information

Bristol Port
The Bristol Port Company (c)

Bristol Port

Bristol Cruise Terminal, at The Bristol Port Company, is the gateway to the South West accessed through Sea Locks on the Severn Estuary on England's west coast. With two docks, Royal Portbury and Avonmouth, the port can handle a range of cruise ships up to c320m in length (possibly longer) and offer all services for both transit and turnaround calls. For transit calls the port offers unrivaled variety of excursions with The Cotswolds and Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon to the North, Bath and Bristol to the East, Glastonbury, Wells and Cheddar Gorge to the South and Cardiff to the West. All of this within an hour of the port!

Port attractions

  1.  Brunel's Bristol

    A trip into Bristol to visit Brunel's SS Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Bristol blends the old with the new with a lovely City docks development alongside historic Bristol.
  2.  The Cotswolds and beyond

    The only cruise port able to reach The Cotwolds and the birthplace of William Shakespeare Stratford-upon-Avon. This tour gives an amazing literary tour alongside a visit to the beautiful Cotswolds.
  3.  The UNESCO City of Bath

    The closest cruise port to the UNESCO Roman City of Bath. If this is not enough it can be easily combined with a visit to Stonehenge ... a day trip never to be forgotten!
  4.  Spectacular Somerset

    A day trip to the beautiful county of Somerset with the UK smallest City of Wells, a visit to Cheddar Gorge (and the home of Cheddar cheese!) and see if you can find the witch at Wookey Hole caves.
  5.  Cardiff and Eastern Wales

    Just 10 minutes from the terminal you can cross over into Wales. Cardiff and numerous castles are all within easy reach of the port.

Port views

Bristol excursion ideas
Destination Bristol
Prinsendam at Royal Portbury Dock
Katherine Lovell
Katherine Lovell
Bristol Cruise Terminal

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Port facts

Nautical information

Max. Length For Berth, M:
Max. Draught, M:
More Info Draught:
Tidal port - 12.5m available daily
Max. Air Draught, M:
More Info Air Draught:
No. Of Quays:
Quay Length Total, M:
Quay Depth, M:
Anchorage Available:
Anchorage Compulsory:
Passenger Terminal:
Pilotage Compulsary:
as regulation
Tugs Available:
on request
Tidal Movement/range, M:
Ships Tenders Allowed:
Garbage Disposal:
on request
Airport Distance, Km:
City Centre Distance, Km:


Are ships allowed burn HFO using:
✔ Closed loop
The use of closed loop scrubbers is permitted within the Docks if they meet IMO standards. Open loop scrubber systems are not permitted to be used in the enclosed environments of Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Docks, and vessels are requested to switch to the appropriate low sulphur fuel, in accordance with the regulations prior to arrival at the Port.
On-shore power supply to cruise vessels:
As part of our Port Air Quality Strategy (PAQS) we are investigating the feasibility of supplying shore power to vessels, and are undertaking a Port Power Study.
LNG bunkering supply to cruise vessels:
Supplying alternative fuels:
Reception Facilities for Contaminated Ballast Water:
Reception Facilities for Waste Oils:
Passengers by Source in 2023
Calls 2023

Onshore Power

Onshore Power
OPS (Onshore Power System)
Shore power within the next 5 years
Defined Compatibility Assessment process for each berth and ship combination to IEC/IEEE 80005-1
Information/documentation from the ship for the port before the first connection
Additional requirements for first-time connectio/max. duration between connections before process reapplies
Connection Time
Connection time from all fast to full operational SSE (Shore Side Electricity)
Disconnection time
Uninterrupted power supply guaranteed by shore power provider whilst connected
Restrictions / Penalties / Insurance
Weather conditions/restrictions/other limitations for safe use of SSE
Penalties in case of failure to connect by the ship: weather/itinerary changes/technical issues
Insurance covering any potential damage caused by the SSE
Port Fees
Utility standard/usage fees in addition to kWh rate
Tax/duty fees applicable
Other fees related to shore power
Useful Information
Discounts/incentives linked to shore power usage
Berthing policy linked to shore power usage
Confirmation time of the vessel for planned shore power usage before ETA

Port contacts


James Stangroom, Director
St Andrew’s Road, Avonmouth
BS11 9DQ Bristol
United Kingdom
+44 117 982 0000


Latest news - Bristol Port

Page last updated: 2023-11-08 11:38


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