Steamship Freshspring

Steamship Freshspring

The Steamship Freshspring is a historic vessel, built in 1945 as a cargo ship.

Located in Landivisiau Walk in Bideford, it is the oldest surviving example of a steam-powered merchant vessel and one of the few to have survived from its era.

Visiting this vessel, guests can step back in time and marvel at the intricately designed machinery and expansive deck.

It is sure to amaze and delight history enthusiasts with its historic significance, providing a fascinating insight into the past.

Visitors can also explore local attractions near the Shipyard, including nearby coastal walks and villages.

A trip to see this remarkable piece of maritime history is an exciting experience for all ages, perfect for creating unforgettable memories for many years to come.


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Opening Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Address: Landivisau Walk, Bideford EX39 2BX, UK

Ashley Moore avatarAshley Moore
2 weeks ago
Very interesting, staff very informative. Great to walk round. Note lots of trip hazards and ladders to climb. Kids loved it, not so much granny. She stayed on the main deck.
richard parkhouse avatarrichard parkhouse
a month ago
Excellent kept Ex-RN Fleet Water Supply ship, an unglamorous side but vital to our Navy in the day. Access to most parts of the ship; engine room, captain's cabin, crews cabin etc. Sunday's and Bank Holidays. Well worth it for free but please make a donation to help keep this ship going. Maybe even to sail again🤞
Andrew Cartwright avatarAndrew Cartwright
10 months ago
Great little ship to visit, costs £2.50 per adult, kids free. It won't take you a massively long time to walk round, but you can visit the engine room, the crews quarters, etc. They also hide some teddy bears in different places, and the kids can hunt for them to keep them occupied. For those wanting a bit more, there is also a VR headset that you can put on and do a 9-minute video.We had a nice visit, and the staff / volunteers were very helpful and friendly.
Andy Godfrey avatarAndy Godfrey
2 years ago
A chance to see a unique vessel, see the progress already made to refurbish and repair her, and get an impression of the life of her crew when she was working.
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