|Another 'son' of Bristol was the 19th century engineering genius Isambard Kingdom Brunel who created many world-beating monuments including the revolutionary ship SS Great Britain, the awe-inspiring Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Great Western Railway.|
|The SS Great Britain, built in the 1840s, has been restored and is a major local attraction; it was the world's first propeller-driven iron ship capable of sailing the oceans, making 32 voyages around the world during its 26-year lifespan.
Left to rot in the Falkland islands this historic vessel was brought back to its home port in 1970 and is currently in dry dock. Find out more about visiting SS Great Britain...
|The huge Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Brunel, spans the steep-sided Avon Gorge and at one time it formed a defensive gateway to the city.
Only two miles from the city centre, it is overlooked by three Iron Age hill forts.
The gorge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and supports two unique types of tree, the Bristol white beam and Wilmotts white beam. They are found nowhere else.
|Brunel also improved Bristol's docks and built the city's old Temple Meads station, terminus of his Great Western Railway from London to Bristol.
This was a twin track line using broad gauge (approx 7 feet [214cm] wide) for which he also had to construct the two-mile-long Box Tunnel, the longest railway tunnel in the world at the time of its completion.