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Knightstone Harbour

The Bristol Queen

Bristol Queen certified by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency for up to 100 passengers is the largest passenger vessel ever to be permanently based at Knightstone Harbour, Weston Super Mare. The harbour was originally built for the old sailing coal ships back in the 1840s. Bristol Queen’s predecessor was Canberra Queen, a Falklands veteran and former ship’s life-boat from the P+O liner Canberra, now operating cruises in Cardiff Bay.

The main three itineraries that appear in the 2003 schedule of Bristol Queen’s services.

Brean Down Peninsula
Our most popular cruise is the 1hr trip along the Brean Down Peninsula. This usually leaves 1hr to half an hour before high tide and takes in both of Weston’s Piers, coastline, and the Historic Fortress built on the Headland. Then going across Weston Bay where passengers can appreciate our largely unspoiled townscape from the sea before if time allows, proceeding into Sand Bay and taking in some of the beautiful Kewstoke coastline then returning to harbour.

Steep Holm Island
We are the Ferry to Steep Holm Island four and a half miles offshore from Weston. The Island was purchased by the Kenneth Allsop Memorial Trust in 1973. It is a bird sanctuary and has the largest colony of cormorants in the Southwest of England. Seals also occasionally visit from Lundy Island some 55 miles further down channel. Steep Holm is the only place in the UK to still have its full compliment of massive 7.5-inch muzzle loading Victorian cannon. These guns were installed in the 1860s as part of the national sea defence scheme to counteract the threat of a French invasion under Napoleon the 3rd. To guarantee a seat you are best advised to book this trip by contacting the trust secretary on Tel…01934-632307. These trips usually leave Knightstone Harbour, Weston on the morning tide and return on the evening tide.

Cardiff Bay
Occasionally we also run a service to Cardiff for the day, where passengers can experience locking through the new Cardiff Bay Barrage and landing by the new Mermaid Quay complex at the end of Bute Street, formerly known as Tiger Bay. Hundreds of millions of pounds have been invested here, there is so much to see, do, go, eat, shop, explore we cannot list it all here. Again this trip normally leaves Weston on the morning tide and returns on the evening tide.