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Brunel Tours 2008

This unique behind-the-scenes tour reveals the hidden depths of the Old Bristol Station, an architectural landmark designed and built by the industrious Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Bristol's original station is located next to the current main station at Temple Meads and is the world's oldest surviving purpose-built railway terminus, pre-dating London Paddington by over a decade. Completed in 1841, it was regarded as a 'wonder of the Victorian Age'. It finally closed in 1965 and is now home to the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum.

Highlights of the tour include the massive Passenger Shed, cavernous underground vaults and the mock-Gothic grandeur of the Great Western Railway Boardroom. As well as demonstrating the immense achievement of the brilliant Victorian engineer the tour also offers a unique social history of a railway station at the beginning of the railway revolution. It is also the site of numerous claims of ghostly sightings of Brunel himself!

Booking the Tour

Groups: Brunel Tours are available to groups of 10 or more visitors on the date of your choice (subject to availability) and must be booked in advance. A maximum of 20 visitors can be taken on each tour, however several tours can often be arranged to accommodate larger groups. Full payment must be made no later than 14 calendar days prior to the tour date. Please note, the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum has a 'no refund' policy and Brunel Tour bookings are not transferable.

Public Tours: Tours will take place at 11am on Sunday 2nd March, Sunday 22nd June, Sunday 7th September and Sunday 28th September 2008.

Pre-booking is essential. 'and payment must be made at the time of booking to secure your place. For further information and bookings please telephone 0117 925 4980 Ext 232 or email

Tour Prices

Adult: 7.95
Children (5-15 years): 3.95
Children under 5 yrs: FREE
Senior citizens/concession: 6.95
Family Ticket: 19.95 2 adults and 2 children / 1 adult and 3 children. One adult may be a nominated carer)

Prices for groups of 10 or more visitors

Adult (Group) 6.00
Senior citizen/concession (Group) 5.50
Child (Group): 2.95

The above Brunel Tour prices include same day entry to the Museum Galleries. Annual Pass free entry does not apply to this event.

As a working Museum, access to the Brunel Boardroom and Passenger Shed cannot always be guaranteed.

Visitors' Comments on the Brunel Tour

"My husband and I wish to thank you for a most interesting and enjoyable tour. We had never seen Brunel's beautiful roof inside his station and we learnt a great deal".

Emily & Charles Martin

"We would like to pass on our thanks to the Museum for the wonderful tour that we had around Brunel's station. It was a fascinating insight into the building and the mind of a genius, and our guide was truly enthusiastic... this added to a fantastic tour and was a highlight of our Brunel 200 weekend in Bristol".

Neil Childs

"I am writing to say how much we enjoyed our trip. The tour was both informative and enjoyable and we were all impressed by the Brunel architecture. Equally, I would recommend it to other groups as well.".

The Friends of Yate Heritage Centre, 4th September 2007

Go Back

Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH

Tel: +44 (0)117 925 4980

Fax: +44 (0)117 925 4849

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