10 amazing old photos showing life in Bristol Harbourside over the decades

It’s now one of the city’s most popular tourist spots but it has a long and fascinating history, too

Now a tourist-friendly destination with restaurants, bars, hotels and museums, it’s easy to forget that Bristol’s Harbourside was once a busy working dock.

It was a thriving port where sailors and merchants traded goods and set sail for famous voyages on the high seas.

Walk around the docks today and you’ll still see plenty of boats and reminders of its maritime heritage, as well as people taking part in watersports like paddleboarding, rowing and yachting.

It’s also home to Brunel’s SS Great Britain, which continues to be one of Bristol’s tourism jewels, and the iconic cranes outside the Mshed museum.

Bristol’s docks have certainly altered a lot over the years so we’ve trawled through the archives to find ten photos showing the changing face of the harbourside.

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