• M Shed

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

M Shed | Bristol Docks Museum

Learn about Bristol's history


Free things to do in 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 what it was actually like to live in Bristol 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. There are also working exhibits on the harbourside, including steamboats, trains and cranes.

Visit and you can explore over 2000 years of Bristol’s history, access over 150 restored and digitalised films and uncover Bristol’s trading past and its role in the transatlantic slave trade. Explore the city’s wartime experiences, industrial heritage and engineering history. Discover things made in Bristol, from its music and art to industry and technology, and see over 3000 objects from the city’s museum and archive collections, including favourites from the Industrial Museum. 

You can take behind-the-scenes tours at different times throughout the week, and there are special exhibitions throughout the year (some of these do charge an entry fee). There’s a lot to do here for younger visitors too.

M Shed has free entry

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Bedrooms at Future Inn Bristol

Stay at Future Inn Bristol

Future Inn Bristol is an ideal base for the night in the heart of the city centre, offering various-sized bedrooms, including ones that can sleep up to four adults or a family. The hotel is in the city centre, close to the popular and free tourist attractions. Alongside parking for £9 per night and free WiFi, there are many home comforts. 

Book direct for the best rates guaranteed, with rooms from £67 per room per night.

Book your stay online, where we guarantee the best rate, or with our Reservations Team on 0117 304 1010 or email reservations.bristol@futureinns.co.uk.

Getting to M Shed from Future Inn Bristol

M Shed is a 20-minute walk from Future Inn Bristol.  Alternatively, it is a 9-minute taxi ride.  Or a bus can be caught across the road from the hotel, which will take around 15 minutes or 7 minutes to cycle.

Future Inns Rewards

For additional benefits, you can join the Future Inns hotel loyalty program. For every £1 you spend on accommodation, you earn 1 reward point. Plus, get double points when you dine in the restaurant. Points can then be used to upgrade your bedroom to a suite or a free night's stay. You also get a complimentary drink voucher to redeem when you dine in the restaurant (you'll also get double points, too!) and a member's discount rate. It's also completely free to join!

Bristol Restaurant

Chophouse Restaurant is ideal to fuel up before or after the event. The team serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, or an evening a-la-carte menu. All produce is local, and the food is homemade on-site. Our set menu offers 3 courses for £26 daily from 5pm. Under 5's always eat for free.

If you are staying in the hotel, room service is available 24/7. 

A large selection of drinks is also available, including popular local brands. Our local selection includes Buttcombe, Bristol Harvey Cream and Bristol Rum. An extensive gin and mixer menu and 2 for £16 cocktails

Reservations can be made on 0117 304 1010 or by emailing chophouse@futureinns.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can book online: 


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