"...the tidal range of the river Avon being so high that at low tide boats lie on the mud in the harbour. All must be stowed neatly to avoid damage to ship or cargo..."
Over the summer we spent a couple of days visiting
Starting off on the Clifton Downs, we headed first to one of Bristol's most recognisable landmarks, Brunel's suspension bridge. Hanging over the river Avon across the gorge it is an iconic structure. It took 33 years to complete and Brunel himself died before it was finished.
|The Clifton Suspension bridge|
After managing to cross the very busy road we were at the water side by the lock. Crossing up and down the footbridges we were one minute high above the water and roads and at the next back down amongst the exhaust fumes.
Brunel designed many bridges through his life. In
|Looking along the swivel bridge with the suspension bridge behind|
It is a harbor with a long ship building tradition. Of the many famous ships built and launched in
|The SS Great Britain|
|Looking towards the town centre|
|A plaque by the harbour acknowledging Bristol's past|
|The industrial heritage of the docks|
There is also lots of celebration of the old working life of the docks. M Shed is a museum built in one of the old warehouses on the waterside and has loads of information about
Alongside the quay lies a replica of The Matthew which we took the chance to stop and look at. We even got to scramble down the ladder into the living quarters. The explorer Giovanni Caboto is better known to Bristolians as John Cabot. He sailed from
|The deckhands exploring a replica of the Matthew|
As we carried on around the water we were firmly in familiar territory. There is a marina here with a large number of house boats and close to this is the spot where Tarquilla was put back together and launched after being brought by lorry in two halves from the garden she was built in.
|Many adventures have started here|
|Gateway to the Great Western Dockyard|
|An avenue on Clifton Downs|