The Conham Ferry is operated by Beese’s just to cross the river Avon, and is available during opening hours (river conditions permitting – check our Twitter feed or Facebook page for the latest updates). It doesn’t do trips up or down the river and yes the crossing may only take 20 seconds BUT it’s a darn sight better than the alternative! There is a nominal charge of 50p return per person – dogs go free! You can park in the Conham Road car park (click on the big P on the map below for directions) and follow the riverbank round to our steps. Sorry but the bell was stolen so ring us (0117 977 7412) or just wave and we’ll come and get you. The Conham Car park is locked up at 10:00 p.m. every evening.
Beese’s is at the bottom of an unadopted lane (that means it’s bumpy), where there are a limited number of parking places (and this space is reduced if it’s been raining). You may prefer to park in Eastwood Crescent or Eastwood Road. The lane is most easily accessed by turning from Broomhill Road into Eastwood Crescent. Go down to the end, and turn right just before the bollards into Wyndham Crescent. The entrance to the lane is ten yards down on the left, and is marked “To Conham Ferry”. Below is a map with a route from the A4 (Bath Road).
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You can also catch the number 1 bus, getting off outside the Good Intent pub. Walk downhill from there, and you will see the lane going through the park (it takes less than five minutes to get here).
Beese’s is off the beaten track and is located on a slope, and whilst this is one of our most charming qualities, it means it can be troublesome getting to us if you have mobility difficulties. There are a number of steps. We can help wheelchair users to access Beeses but it requires prior arrangement and assistance from our staff. The best way to arrive at Beeses is by boat from Bristol centre. Please contact the boat companies directly for information on disabled access but currently neither Beeses nor the boat companies that come here have a wheelchair hoist.
And of course, you can come by boat, perhaps your own or with one of the ferry companies. You can find information on all the companies that run trips to Beese’s on the Ferries to Beese’s page. There are weekly public trips to Beese’s from the city centre, and all the companies listed have boats available for charter.
If you have your own craft you can use our moorings, although you will need to be prepared to move off temporarily if one of the larger scheduled boats is due in. We are sometimes asked by boaters if they can moor overnight and here are the main points:
- Despite being twelve miles from the Avon estuary, Beese’s is subject to several tides a year, and so we may have to say “No” because you probably don’t want your boat to end up on our jetty, and frankly, neither do we.
- If we do give you permission to moor, we won’t charge you, but we do expect a certain level of consideration.
- If we do give you permission to moor, all occupants are subject to the Beese’s terms and conditions.
- If we do give you permission to moor, you are only permitted to leave the premises outside of our opening hours the way you arrived, i.e. by boat and not through the gate.