Kyle Blue, Wapping Wharf, Museum Street, Bristol BS1 6GW
Moored in the heart of Bristol’s historic harbour, in a peaceful location only a five minute stroll to the city centre. The Kyle Blue Hostel Boat has private and shared cabins with a spacious upper deck providing fabulous views of the harbour from its tranquil lounge and well equipped self-catering kitchen. The Dutch Barge has been completely renovated and opened in Autumn 2016. Great for independent travellers or small group of friends or family, the Kyle Blue offers sleeping in four single/small double cabins, three five bed cabins, a Stern Cabin with four beds and a Bow Cabin with seven beds. There are four private shower rooms with shower, sink and WC and two separate WC’s, one on each deck. The spacious lounge offers plenty of comfortable seating in which to relax after a hard day’s sightseeing as well as a seated dining area and patio doors so you can take in the harbour views from the sofa! The Kyle Blue is moored in a residential area so no noise will be tolerated after 11pm.This accommodation is featured on our map of Devon, Cornwall and the West Country and here is its own website.
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0117 929 0609
30: 4×1 (2), 3×5 1×4 1×7
All year. All day
from £25 per person
Online or by phone. Groups of 6 or more by special arrangement only.
Sat Nav: BS1 6AW: On foot Prince Street Bridge or Wapping Road, follow the quayside walkway in front of the M-Shed Museum until you reach the Brunel Buttery Café – the Kyle Blue is moored in front of the café.
Train at Bristol Temple Meads 10 minute walk, closest bus stop is a 2 minute walk at Gaol Ferry Steps.
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You can’t get any closer to Bristol Harbour than staying on the Kyle Blue Hostel Boat!
Physically, you are right at the centre of all that Bristol has to offer because you’ll be moored on Bristol’s quayside in the historic Harbourside area. Kyle Blue is a converted Dutch barge with private and shared cabins sleeping up to 30 and boasting a glorious open-plan upper deck with lounge and kitchen providing fabulous views of the harbour. Obviously, it is all nautically themed with a Stern cabin and a bow cabin and rounded windows and berths rather than bunks…have a look at their website and you’ll see for yourself how charming it all is.
Spiritually, you’re also close to Bristol Harbour because this area is steeped in its maritime and industrial heritage – so its fitting that you’re staying in an old working boat that’s sailed here from parts foreign.
Strolling along the waterfront (and you can’t help but stroll when you’re here), overlooked by the perfect pastel terraces, you can find Brunel’s mighty iron steam ship SS Great Britain and a replica of John Cabot’s Matthew: symbols of exploration and innovation. Kyle Blue sits just off Museum Street and Bristol isn’t short of eye catching museums in the Harbourside area. The M-Shed and the Science museum both link industrial and commercial heritage buildings to the modern world and deliver colourful, interactive and fascinating lessons. On the more artistic side we continue our Dutch links with the famous Arnolfini Arts Centre – home to many contemporary installations that have had stuffy critics foaming at the mouth. That alone makes it worth a visit! Sitting outside we find Jon Cabot again. this time as a contemplative statue gazing across the water.
Bristol Harbourside gives an endless amount of culture and enjoyment, all accompanied by the constant companionship of the water and its boats.
Kyle Blue – right at the centre of it all.
…one of the most individual hostels…
I am really pleased to be writing about Kyle Blue in Bristol.
Why? Despite sounding like a member of a boy band, Kyle Blue is actually one of the most individual hostels in the Independent Hostels network. It is a city hostel, and yes, it shares the funky modern decor of those other city hostels yet it differs from the black-and-chrome-free-wifi-vibrant-bar-scene city hostels. In fact it might be about as peaceful as you can get in a city centre location. You see Kyle Blue is a converted boat, a Dutch Barge. It is moored on museum street by Wapping Wharf, surrounded by evidence of Bristol’s maritime heritage: cargo cranes, disused goods railway lines, and overlooked by the distinctive pastel painted houses of the harbour area.
The upper floors are a spacious and modern lounge with lovely views over the water and a well equipped kitchen. Below decks there are sleeping cabins with rooms for between 1 and 7 – sleeping up to 30 in total and shower and WC rooms.
But why am I pleased to be writing about it? Because I have a big soft spot for Bristol harbour. In a previous life I had to travel for work, which often brought me to Bristol. I always engineered it so that I was staying close to the waterfront. After a tough day, it was relaxing, refreshing and recuperating to stroll the waterfront; listen to the gentle creak of the boats tied up; gaze at the picturesque Tobermory-style painted houses; idly choose from the tempting restaurants in the converted boathouses and wharfs where I could sit and watch the evening slowly fade and the golden lights of the watercraft and harbour buildings transform the view. I am right now imagining a stay on the Kyle Blue and recreating that reverie again.
Take a leisurely stroll along Bristol’s trendy quayside you will come across Kyle Blue
Five minute leisurely stroll along the trendy quayside from Bristol City Centre and you come across Kyle Blue, a floating hostel in Bristol Harbour. This study boat has been converted to provide top quality self catering accommodation for up to 30 people. There is a ban on groups of more then 6, unless you want to hire the whole boat, so you can be sure of the best type of hostel atmosphere sharing traveling tales and recommendations for the days ahead. There are private sleeping cabins and shared dorm style cabins. A spacious lounge, self-catering kitchen and an upper deck with fabulous views of the harbour waters . A stay on board Bristol’s luxury floating hostel is highly recommended.