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Holiday type Christmas markets
Escorted tours
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £389
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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Bristol and the Brunel legacy

In 1859, the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel died at just 53, but in that lifetime he completely revolutionised transport in Britain and beyond, and his engineering achievements are still recognised across the developed world. This wonderful UK short break explores the many aspects of his remarkable talents as an engineer, designer and entrepreneur.

His ship, the SS Great Britain, is proudly located in Bristol, in dry docks, where she was built in 1843 as the first screw driven purpose built passenger liner. It is here in the First Class dining saloon, where you will dine on Friday evening.


  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four star Doubletree by Hilton Bristol City Centre hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private evening dinner with wine
  • Second night gala dinner on board the SS Great Britain
  • All talks, guided tours, entrance fees and escorted coach transfers
  • Tour manager throughout
Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities.
Day one

Arrive independently at the Doubletree by Hilton Bristol city centre from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an introductory talk by Tim Bryan, author and former General Manager of STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, who will outline the life and achievements of the great Brunel.

Day two

Our first visit of the day is to the magnificent Clifton suspension bridge, designed by Brunel but not completed until after his death. Whilst here we will have a guided tour and a look round the interpretation centre. This afternoon we will visit the SS Great Britain and her museum, including an audio guide that will describe in more detail this remarkable passenger ship. Finally, we will embark on a private boat cruise through the original Bristol docks and floating harbour, complete with commentary from the skipper. This evening is the highlight of the tour – a private evening on board the SS Great Britain, with a drinks reception and gala dinner with wine in the ship’s First Class dining saloon. During dinner we will also enjoy a recreation of the lives of passengers and crew by actress Kim Hicks, based on surviving records and diaries.

Day three

This morning we will travel to Swindon, accompanied by Brunel and Great Western Railway expert Tim Bryan, to visit STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway. Here we will view the extensive collections, all housed in one of the original 1846 buildings designed by Brunel. This afternoon we will take a special walking tour of Brunel’s railway village to view the worker’s houses, the baths, medical facilities and the Mechanics’ Institute. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 100 passengers.
Doubletree by Hilton Bristol City Centre, Bristol

Located in the city centre and only 400 meters away from Bristol Temple Meads railway station, the modern and recently renovated four star Doubletree by Hilton Bristol City Centre Hotel offers a bar, restaurant, fitness centre and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, air-conditioning, TV and telephone.
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Very well organised tour, took us around easily. Enjoyed dinner on the SS Great Britain. Rain couldn't be blamed on Travel Editions !
Sep 2013
Mr Wall

One of the best organised trips we have been on. All down to the tour manager.
Sep 2012
Mr M Barnes

Lots packed in over a short time. Food excellent. Hotel better than 3 star rating suggested. Included water free in room. Amazing. SS Gt Britain dinner splendid. Enjoyed the actress quoting real passengers from 19th century
Sep 2011
Mrs S Simpson 
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