Ferry/Cruise Services to Paris/other UK Isles

Will be great to have ferry/cruise services to be operated from Avonmouth to France / other destinations such as Jersey and some other major destinations..

This will boost the holiday industry

Why the contribution is important

Most of the holiday makers have to travel to Poole/Portsmouth or other coastal destinations to catch a ferry or cruise, it will be good to have avonmouth as a hub for south west..


it will boost holiday industry and holiday makers wont have to travel a lot to catch a ferry

by user536903 on November 20, 2013 at 04:19PM

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  • Posted by user694579 November 21, 2013 at 10:47

    Excellent idea in my opinion. I would love to be able to pop down to Avonmouth to catch a Ferry to France etc. There would need to be parking available as well though - for walk-on passengers who might just fancy a day trip or short trips when they don't want to use their car...
  • Posted by user718520 November 21, 2013 at 11:07

    This sounds like a wonderful idea, but how long do you think it would take?

    By the time you've sailed around Cornwall and over to France (which port?). Would it be economic for operators to run such a service? Given the extra fuel costs for a long journey how much would it cost? Would people just drive to Poole or Plymouth to shave some time off the journey?

    Plymouth to Roscoff is 6 hours by Brittany Ferries

    Would be good though........

  • Posted by user463519 November 21, 2013 at 13:56

    As ferries & docks are all privately owned not sure what the council can do to encourage it. If there is demand & an opportunity to make money it will occur - I suspect however it will remain an occasional stop for cruise ships.
  • Posted by user536903 November 21, 2013 at 15:57

    Cork to Roscoff takes about 14 hours run by Britannia Ferries , so i suspect Avonmouth to Roscoff might take approximately around 11 to 12 hours.

    Avounmouth & Lundy could be an option / Avonmouth to Cork(Ireland).

    Even Ocassional Stop for Cruise Ships will generate a considerable revenue.
  • Posted by user536903 November 22, 2013 at 12:37

    We could get the opinions from the ferry companies and see where this goes.

    I am sure holiday makers love something different and this would be a great hit..
  • Posted by user734334 November 24, 2013 at 10:48

    This is a brilliant idea! And although the council might not save any money, it will bring in extra cash from other areas which is great for Bristol. Also, ferries don't just have to go to Europe. What about cruises to New York?
  • Posted by user734334 November 24, 2013 at 10:52

    Also, ferries up the Severn, over to Cardiff, down to Cornwall. All this would reduce traffic into Bristol as well. Plus the motorway access would be brilliant. And lots of people from up north go on holiday to the south west, how amazing to have a ferry from bristol to Plymouth where they already have a major port? I just love this idea and the more I think about it the better it gets!
  • Posted by user634359 November 25, 2013 at 12:02

    Good points on the additional comments - France might be too far, but a ferry down to Devon / Cornwall or over to the Gower in South Wales (or over to Ireland) could link nicely to holiday destinations that are often hard to reach by road at peak times...
  • Posted by user536903 November 25, 2013 at 12:02

    After posting this idea, I was just searching for possible options for Avonmouth ferry , and found that Cruisedirect.co.uk have services commencing from Avonmouth starting april 2014

    So i guess it is a positive move and more ferry services could potentially start from Avonmouth..

    So its now councils decision on how to generate revenue from the Avonmouth docks.
  • Posted by user490250 November 25, 2013 at 19:57

    Ferries to Cornwall would surely help congestion on the M5? Also ferries to Cardiff would be fantastic.
    I can imagine trips to Bristol being popular too with visitors wanting to explore the West Country.
  • Posted by user419622 November 26, 2013 at 19:45

    I would definitely be interested in taking a ferry to Cornwall/Devon/Dorset/Wales from Bristol to avoid driving there during the summer months. Great idea!
  • Posted by user173525 November 27, 2013 at 17:59

    I think that this is a great idea. If there were cruises around the Mediterranean, Africa, Americas, etc, Bristol is a much more obvious choice as it's on the West coast and already closer to the Western and Southern destinations. Portsmouth/Poole only really has an advantage if your going around France or Scandinavia.
  • Posted by user412750 December 20, 2013 at 17:07

    Love the idea.

    What a pity so much of our harbour has effectively been privatised. All those monstrous and ugly new buildings along the river front, which besides being without charm (and clearly designed to generate the maximum revenue for the Council possible) deny the public access to so much of the waterfront. It would have been lovely to have had a little
    port for such a service opposite the SS Great Britain.
  • Posted by user240644 January 08, 2014 at 11:18

    Turns out this is already happening :)


    Also, taking a ferry down to North Devon / Cornwall would be a great alternative to the M5, which becomes hell every Friday afternoon / evening during the summer. You could even take a bike and go for the day, if they were frequent enough.
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