M Shed, Bristol

The exterior of M Shed, Bristol

Situated on the historic Harbourside, M Shed is a history museum that tells the story of of Bristol.

The 1950s transit shed, originally called M Shed, on Bristol’s historic wharf has been transformed into a museum. Thought-provoking and fun, M Shed challenges the perceptions of what it has meant to live here over the centuries through the recollections of the people who shaped the city.

M Shed explores the city’s history from prehistoric times to the 21st century. Stories about the city and its people have been discovered through working with experts and communities across the city – a process that will continue for the life of the museum. Rich collections of objects, art and archives also play an important part in bringing those stories to life.

The museum has been designed to retain the character of the former 1950s transit shed but with the addition of purpose-built facilities and state of the art lighting and AV equipment.

Find out more about M Shed here.



It’s about a 20-minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station to M Shed.

Several buses leave from Bristol Temple Meads to the city centre, around a five minute walk away.

 For timetables please visit the TravelWest website.


The closest airport to M Shed is Bristol Airport. This is 9 miles from the venue and easily accessible by bus or taxi.


You can catch any bus with a city centre drop off – you’ll be dropped off at Broad Quay which is about a five-minute walk away.

The M2 Metrobus service is currently diverted via Coronation Road, serving stops across the river.

 For timetables please visit the TravelWest website.


Private hire taxis and Uber are both available in Bristol. A taxi from Bristol airport would take approximately 20 minutes.


M Shed located on the harbourside in the city centre on Wapping Road (BS1 4RN) around two miles from the M32 motorway.

There are two car parks nearby at The Grove (BS1 4RB) and Wapping Wharf (BS1 4RH). There are five disabled spaces at The Grove and three next to Brunel’s Buttery. There are four accessible spaces in the Wapping Wharf car park.

Building works in the Wapping Wharf car park may restrict pedestrian access from the car park to Museum Street.


You can catch a ferry from Bristol Temple Meads and Hotwells to Prince Street Bridge on the Floating Harbour, which is a five-minute walk away.

Boats run every 40-50 minutes.

 visit the Bristol Ferry Boats website for timetables and fares.

About Bristol

Nestled in the vibrant southwest of England, Bristol blends a rich tapestry of history, culture, and innovation.

From its iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge to the colourful houses of Hotwells, this city boasts an eclectic mix of architectural wonders. Bristol's bustling harborside is a hub of activity, offering an array of galleries, museums, and attractions like Brunel's SS Great Britain.

Known for its thriving arts scene and diverse community, Bristol is a city bursting with creativity, evident in its street art adorned by the world-renowned artist Banksy. With a lively music scene, dynamic festivals, and a passion for sustainability, you'll find plenty to do on your trip to Bristol.

Find out more at Visit Bristol.

Bristol harbour