The docks weren't just a place of work. Unlike some of the other docks around the country, the City Docks were open so anyone could walk in. 

It was a dangerous, noisy and dirty place, but that made it an all the more appealing playground for adventurous local children. 


Listen to stories of children playing on the dockside railway (to the disapproval of the docks' police), locals going for their evening walks dressed in their Sunday best, and Welshmen making their weekend journey to Bristol to get around the Sunday pub closures back home!


Children watching life on the water, 1930s.

Photo credit: Bristol Archives:  40826/DOC/3