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In beautiful and vibrant Bristol Brunel found a market for his visionary ideas. Join us for a very enjoyable and rewarding day with visits to two of his finest works - the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain where the new Being Brunel exhibition opened this year .

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 serves as a great canvas to introduce the story of Bristol.

This 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 café 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 first iron-hulled propeller-driven steamship in the world was built with the Great Western Railway as part of Brunel’s London to New York transport network. Painstaking research has been used to recreate life on board from the finery of the First Class cabins and Ladies Boudoir to the cramped and pungent steerage berths. You’ll see the Crews Quarters as well as a gamblers den and the ships surgery.

New for 2018 Being Brunel explores the legacy of one of the world’s greatest and most innovative engineers. The galleries are designed to recall the Great Exhibition of 1851 which Brunel helped design. A giant eight-metre head gazes over the galleries. Complete with stovepipe hat and ubiquitous cigar, it’s the iconic image of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a man whose grand ambitions encapsulated the Victorian era. This is the man who came second only to Winston Churchill in a poll of the One Hundred Greatest Englishmen.

Step into Brunel’s London dining room, learn about his entrepreneurial zeal and see some of the thousands of souvenirs that were made in his lifetime when he became quite the celebrity.

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

Adults £31 & Seniors: £29

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Prices valid 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019

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