Cumberland Basin (Bristol)

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Cumberland Basin
The basin looking eastwards
The basin looking eastwards
Cumberland Basin is located in Bristol
Cumberland Basin
Cumberland Basin
Location within Bristol
Coordinates: 51°26′53″N 2°37′10″W / 51.44806°N 2.61944°W / 51.44806; -2.61944Coordinates: 51°26′53″N 2°37′10″W / 51.44806°N 2.61944°W / 51.44806; -2.61944
Country England
City Bristol
District Hotwells
Established 1804-9
For more details on Cumberland Basin, see Bristol Harbour § Construction_of_the_floating_harbour.

The Cumberland Basin is the main entrance to the docks of the city of Bristol, England. It separates the areas of Hotwells from the tip of Spike Island.

MV Balmoral in Cumberland Basin

The River Avon never flowed through the Cumberland Basin. Before the 19th century improvements and the construction of the non-tidal Floating Harbour, the Avon flowed through the tidal harbour and out through the future location of the Underfall Yard. When the basin and Floating Harbour were constructed the river was diverted through the New Cut, bypassing the harbour entirely.


  1. Prince's Wharf, including M Shed ( formerly Bristol Industrial Museum), Pyronaut and Mayflower
  2. Dry docks: SS Great Britain, the Matthew
  3. St Augustine's Reach, Pero's Bridge
  4. Bathurst Basin
  5. Queen Square
  6. Bristol Temple Meads railway station
  7. Castle Park
  8. Redcliffe Quay and Redcliffe Caves
  9. Baltic Wharf marina
  10. Cumberland Basin & Brunel Locks
  11. The New Cut
  12. Netham Lock, entrance to the Feeder Canal
  13. Totterdown Basin
  14. Temple Quay
  15. The Centre
  16. Canons Marsh, including Millennium Square and At-Bristol
  17. Underfall Yard
  18. Bristol Bridge

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