Temple Meads station was the terminus of Brunel's original Great Western from London
. When it was extended to Exeter and Plymouth
, this magnificent train shed was built and it remains largeley intact today - one of the few local stations to retain its former glory.
Bristol Temple Meads - Arch
The original train shed (prior to extension) still exists off to one side, although sadly used as a car park these days.
Temple Meads - Old Station
All around the Temple Meads area are new office develipments known as Temple Quay
Bristol Temple Quay Development
Bristol's tideless dock - the floating harbour - runs up to near Temple Meads where it's more river-like - indeed, this is the start of the feeder canal which runs up to the river Avon.
Boats on the floating harbour
Map locator - Bristol_Temple_Quay
This unusual curved suspension bridge takes foot travellers and cycles over to the next area to be developed.
Temple Quay / Floating harbour bridge
The ferry from near to Temple Meads will take you along the floating harbour to the Industrial Museum, the Waterfront, and the centre of Bristol
And at the end of the day, you'll want to brave the crowds for your train home.
Crowds at Temple Meads