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In beautiful, vibrant Bristol Isambard Kingdom Brunel found a market for his visionary ideas. Our enjoyable and rewarding day includes visits to two of his finest works - the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain with the new Being Brunel exhibition.

Please meet our Blue Badge Guide at 10.30am for morning coffee (included) in the Crypt of St. Mary Redcliffe. The church was built by the city merchants over a period of 200 years. It's a great canvas to introduce the story of Bristol.

Bristol was England's second port and in architectural terms it is still among our richest cities. Outstanding buildings remain of every century from Norman times onward. Timber-framed houses large and small survive, as do the imposing mansions and elegant terraces built by the merchants and plantation owners. Clifton is famous for Brunel's mighty suspension bridge, which we stop to visit during our city coach tour. We also stop to savour the panoramic views from the Downs.

In this city of water the floating harbour, lock gates and even some of the warehouses were designed and built by the industrious Brunel. We'll stop by the waterside in the Old City where you'll find plenty of choice for lunch, from a pub with a mediaeval interior to the cafe bar of the Theatre Royal, Britain's oldest continually worked theatre. Stroll through elegant Queen Square or take a look at the strikingly modern Millennium Square on Harbourside.

Our afternoon is devoted to Brunel and SS Great Britain. The world's first iron-hulled propeller-driven steamship was built, along with the Great Western Railway, as part of Brunel's ambitious London to New York transport network. You'll see the finery of the First Class cabins and Ladies Boudoir to the cramped and pungent steerage berths as well as Crews Quarters, a gamblers den and the ships surgery.

Being Brunel explores the legacy of one of the world's greatest and most innovative engineers with galleries designed to recall the Great Exhibition of 1851 which Brunel helped design.

We'll stay on site to buy tea before heading for home at 4.45pm.

2019 Bristol SleepOvers Stay at a city centre hotel and enjoy visits including SS Great Britain and Aerospace Bristol, Wells, the Mendips, Glastonbury and Bath. 4 nights 4* DBB, 10 singles, all admissions and your choice of coach £599pp

Adults £33

Seniors: £32

Available weekdays all year

Price Valid to 31 March 2021

2-5 miles