Visit Us

Come on board and discover this historic steamship for yourself

Opening times:

The ship reopens for the season on Sunday 7th April and welcomes visitors every Sunday between 1100 – 1600 until the end of October.


As a thank you to our local community, and to celebrate Bideford’s award of Heritage Harbour status, admission to Freshspring will be free every Sunday from 7th April to 19th May 2024.

Members can visit the ship on volunteer working days on Wednesdays. Prior booking is advised.

How To Find Us

SS Freshspring is currently berthed at Landivisiau Walk, at the extreme North end of Bideford Quay, EX39 2BX, with ample parking available in the Riverbank long stay car park. Bus and coach stops are 200 yards away and on a level walk from the ship.


The Ship has wheelchair access to the main deck. This access is suitable for most electric mobility vehicles.

Access to the lower decks and wheelhouse is by steep steps and these are not suitable for people who are less mobile. We offer an exciting VR experience onboard which features harder to reach areas.

People with limited mobility are always welcome and we will do our utmost to ensure that their experience is enjoyable and informative. Disabled toilets are within 100 yards of the ship.

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