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Brunel and beyond: a walk around historic Bristol

Brunel and beyond: a walk around historic Bristol With the city’s much-anticipated Brunel museum opening on Friday, we take a stroll around the streets, waterways and engineering wonders that define Bristol’s heritage Since there’s no avoiding the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in these parts – especially this week with the opening of a museum dedicated to him – you may as well engage with his legacy straightaway. Come to Bristol by train, alighting at Temple Meads station. When it opened in 1840, this was the western terminus of the Great Western Railway, 116 miles out of Paddington. Viewed from the front its majesty is emphatic, even ecclesiastical, given that its castellated form was, until the second world war,…

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City safari: overnight with wolves and monkeys in Bristol

City safari: overnight with wolves and monkeys in Bristol A stay at a new wildlife centre offers families a mini safari experience – with monkeys, a night-time wolf expedition and breakfast with giraffes Plus: More UK wildlife sanctuaries It’s early evening and the gates to the wildlife park have been closed to the public. All is quiet, except for birdsong, the gentle rustling of wind in the trees and an occasional excited shriek from a gelada monkey. We (my six-year-old daughter Nell and husband Huw) are gathered around a fire pit along with four other families who are trying out Camp Baboon, a new night-time wildlife and bushcraft experience at the Wild Place Project, a satellite venture run by…

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City breaks with kids: Bristol

City breaks with kids: Bristol Our series of city guides for families heads to creative, community-minded Bristol, with its fab, and often free, attractions and acres of parkland nearby More in this series: London | Brighton | Berlin | Paris | Barcelona | Rome | Amsterdam Bristol isn’t the most beautiful city in the world (the blitz and brutalist post-war planning saw to that), but it compensates with a unique, offbeat charm. Cycle paths, community farms, street art, street food and a potent live music scene make it a multicultural, civic-minded kind of place with an alternative approach to city planning, green credentials and an unshowy, creative vibe – characteristics that also make it a family-friendly destination. Continue reading……

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