As part of our whirlwind first few days in the UK, on Monday morning we took a train to Bristol!
Following lunch and catching up with Dom and Ellie, we proceeded to walk along the harbour front to the M Shed. Unfortunately it was closed, so we could only see the Working Exhibits outside the museum; the exhibits were made up of cranes, trains, and boats. Bristol Harbour has been in use since the 13th century but has undergone significant changes and improvements throughout its history. The machinery outside of the M Shed included electric cargo cranes that were used in the 1950s, a steam crane built in 1878. and a fire-fighting boat. On weekends, the equipment comes alive... as in volunteers operate them so that visitors can see how they work.
We then continued walking along the river until we came to the SS Great Britain, a noteworthy iron hulled passenger steamship that is a main attraction along the Bristol harbour front. It was by far the largest vessel in its day and was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic; over its lifetime it travelled 1,000,000 miles around the world! The SS Great Britain was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and has been called the 'great-great-great-great-grandmother of virtually all modern ships'. The ship is now sitting on the exact same dry dock where it was constructed in the early 1840s, as part of the museum's outdoor dockyard.
First, we went underneath the "surface of the water" and walked around the ship's original iron hull.
We spent the rest of our daylight hours completing the Harbourside Walk in Bristol. At one end, we made it far enough to see part of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, but didn't have enough time to go any further.
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And the travel video we made of our trip to England can be found here!
Here are some more pictures from our day out in Bristol: