Brunel and Bristol

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Are you a fan of Brunel? Plan your visit to Bristol and see his seven sites!


Beside the Suspension Bridge, there are six significant sites in the city centre:


Great Western Railway Temple Meads Terminus

The Passenger Shed, Station Approach, Bristol, BS1 6QH

Brunel’s Grade I listed Victorian passenger shed and its façade now sit adjacent to Temple Meads station. They are used as a conference and venue hire space and are not regularly open to the public.


Brunel's Great Western Railway ran from Bristol to London. Spot historic sites at:

St Anne's Tunnel West Portal
69 Birchwood Road, Bristol, BS4 5NL

Avon Bridge
Whitby Road, Brislington, BS4 5NL


Underfall Yard and Sluice gates

Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS16XG

Now owned by the Underfall Boatyard Trust, these Victorian works are a Scheduled Ancient Monument.  The Underfall Yard is a working boatyard and can be visited by the public.


Tubular Swivel Bridge

Cumberland Basin

No longer in use, Brunel’s swivel bridge sits at the far end of the city’s docks. A replica bridge is in place and work is underway to complete essential work to conserve the original bridge.


Royal Western Hotel (now Brunel House)

St. George’s Street, Bristol, BS99 2AW

Built as a hotel for rail passengers waiting to catch the ss Great Western to the USA, this building is now home to Bristol City Council Offices and is not open to the public. The façade has hardly changed since it was built.


ss Great Western

M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

The ss Great Western was constructed and the hull launched from Patterson’s Shipyard, where the M-Shed is now situated. The Great Western was broken up in 1856 after serving as a passenger ship, steam packet post ship and a troop ship.


ss Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY

The ship has been restored and conserved and is open to the public as part of an award-winning heritage site and museum.



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