• M Shed

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

M Shed

Learn about Bristol's history


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 war-time experiences, industrial heritage and engineering history. Discover things made in Bristol from its music and art to industry and technology, see over 3000 objects from the city’s museum and archive collections including favourites from the Industrial Museum. Come and enjoy a programme of local, national and international exhibitions.

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

M Shed is free to the public. 

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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 which will take around 15 minutes, or 7 minutes to cycle. 

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 rooms including ones that can sleep up to four adults or a family.  Perks include free car parking at Cabot Circus, free WiFi and a complimentary robe and slippers. Book direct for the best available rates on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 0117 304 1010 or reservations.bristol@futureinns.co.uk.

Pre or Post Exploring Dining

Chophouse Restaurant is ideal to fuel up before or after exploring. Every day the team serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, or an evening a-la-carte menu. Our set menu offers 3 courses for £20 daily between 6pm-9.30pm. Under 5's always eat for free, and the offer is extended to under 12's with a paying adult during school holidays. A large selection of drinks is also available including cocktails all of which are £7. Bookings can be made on 01752 701000 or chophouse@futureinns.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can book online: 

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