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** Wonderful Days Out ** Around London & the Coast of Britain!

MV Balmoral is a distinguished member of a rare breed of historic ships worldwide still operating coastal excursions.

Since 1986, BALMORAL, together with WAVERLEY, the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer, has kept alive the unique 200-year-old tradition of cruising the remarkable coasts. rivers and islands of Great Britain and visiting historic piers and harbours.

Both ships are officially recognised as of national historic importance and are members of the National Historic Fleet. In 2016 Balmoral was the flagship of this fleet.

deck of balmoraAmong the many distinguished passengers who have enjoyed the Balmoral experience, the ship has been specially commissioned to carry Senior Members of the British Royal Family on a number of occasions.

In 2013 the Waverley organisation decided that they could no longer support operation of Balmoral and she was laid up in Bristol's historic City Docks. At this time, a group of people who wished to maintain the traditions and delights of coastal cruising set up a charitable trust - MV Balmoral Fund Ltd. - and, as volunteers, set about maintaining Balmoral and fund raising with the objective of returning her to service.

With much help from organisations and individuals - both financial and practical and a fair wind, we were delighted to return Balmoral to cruising in 2015 and this has continued in 2016 but we are currently in a major fund raising campaign to ensure that Balmoral can continue sailing in 2017. (Please click on "HELP US" above for details).

Maintaining a delightful, but elderly 60 year old ship in full working order is no mean feat and the call on funds to achieve this is very great. The MV Balmoral Fund is run entirely by volunteers and to keep Balmoral in operation, for the benefit of many, we need a constant supply of money and volunteers. Do please look through this web site and if you feel that you would like to assist in any way - or just be associated with this amazing project - do please get in touch. You can be assured of a friendly welcome and best of all its great fun!

MV Balmoral, Venue Hire & Film Location
Balmoral venue hire and film location
  • Balmoral is berthed in Bristol's city docks close to SS Great Britain, right in the heart of this beautiful and vibrant city
  • Balmoral is available to hire as a unique venue for your event, wedding, coporate meeting or conference ... More Information >
  • Balmoral was built midway through the twentieth century. Her appearance makes her suitable as a film location for both contemporary and period productions More Information >
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