SS Great Britain , Clifton Suspension Bridge & Bristol Aerospace Centre

A guided tour of SS Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge has been arranged for 7th February. A Tour of Bristol Aerospace Centre will take place on 8th February.

SS Great Britain is a museum ship and former passenger steamship, which was advanced for her time. She was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854. She was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company's transatlantic service between Bristol and New York. While other ships had been built of iron or equipped with a screw propeller, Great Britain was the first to combine these features in a large ocean-going ship. She was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic, which she did in 1845, in the time of 14 days.

We will have a guided tour of this superb ship on the morning of 7th February. COST is £9 pp and a total of £35 for the tour. I will collect the £35 on the day when we know how many are attending.

As she is situated on the Waterfront in Bristol we will then stop for a quick lunch at the Dockyard Cafe before driving for 15 mins to the Clifton Suspension Bridge where we are booked on a Tour at 1500.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. Since opening in 1864, it has been a toll bridge; the income from which provides funds for its maintenance. The bridge is built to a design by William Henry Barlow and John Hawkshaw, based on an earlier design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and contributed to by Sarah Guppy. It is a grade I listed building and forms part of the B3129 road. It should make for a fascinating tour! Cost £5pp for a minimum of 20 people. Please pay on the day.

Aerospace Bristol is so new it is not yet open! I have been assured it will be open later this year and I have provisionally booked a tour for 8th February.
Aerospace Bristol is a new industrial heritage museum that will tell the story of Bristol's world-class aerospace industry.
When the new museum opens later this year, the show-stopping centrepiece will be Concorde Alpha Foxtrot. Designed, built and tested in Bristol, she was the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly. Cost £15 pp to include 1hr guided tour. Min 20 people for guided tour.

As some people will be travelling and staying overnight a dinner will be arranged on the evening of the 7th February. Venue to be arranged but will be near Bristol Waterfront.