21st century Bristol has funky modernity and engineering history in equal measure – from a vibrant cultural scene to its proud association with IK Brunel, it balances both aspects of its character.
Go, and you’ll discover rich history, subterranean clubs, elegant buildings and superb riverside living.
As the terminus of Brunel’s original GWR, Bristol Temple Meads is easy to reach from London Paddington and stations along the First Great Western route through Reading and Bath. FGW also operates services via Bristol to the Devon coast, and via Bristol Parkway to South Wales. CrossCountry will take you to Bristol from stations as far afield as Edinburgh, Manchester, Penzance and Plymouth. You can also travel to Bristol from London Waterloo with South West Trains .
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Bristol is rich in culture and history at every turn – from the highbrow modern art of the Arnolfini gallery to Brunel’s towering SS Great Britain. Escape from the tourists of the waterways and discover chic shopping and hidden pubs up the hill in Clifton... and always keep an eye open for the innumerable ‘Banksys’ that pepper the buildings of his hometown.
Brunel’s original 1840 station is no longer in use, and, in its current guise as the (now closed) British Empire and Commonwealth Museum building, is not open to the public. However, the remainder of Temple Meads is well worth exploring, not least the non-existent Platform 14...
Bristol Temple Meads Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/BRI.html
Bristol Parkway Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/BPW.html
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