A landmark of Victorian design, Bristol Temple Meads is an iconic station of world renown. The original station designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in a ‘mock Tudor’ style was, like the original Paddington Station, a terminus which consisted of simply an arrival and a departure platform. The original train shed which functioned for 125 years now forms part of the car park, even has a mock hammer beam roof built of wood to emulate Westminster Hall.
Notable too is how coming of the railway brought Bristol and the surrounding area 'back to the future', as until then local time was 10 minutes slower than GMT. The station's clock bears two 'minute' hands to recognise this - one for both Bristol and another (larger) for the capital.
Despite its many expansions over the years, the location still boasts many beautiful period features, including original signage, wayfinding and benches.
Bristol Temple Meads Station
Arches & tunnels, Iconic landmarks, Stations, Victorian