GTO’s Sarah Jeffery recently accompanied Destination Bristol‘s Jon Chamberlain for a whistle-stop tour of the city, which will be host to the 2016 South West Group Travel Show. Visits included Colston Hall, the Grade II listed building that has been hosting music events since 1867. Then it was on to Brunel’s ss Great Britain; the world’s first modern ocean liner that has been lovingly restored to her former glory. Steeped in history, she was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company’s transatlantic service between Bristol and New York.
Visiting groups can stroll on the decks and take in the views and the recreated sounds of animals and general bustle of the ship preparing to set sail. Below decks, you can look inside the luxury cabins of First Class passengers, cramped galley and enormous turning engine. It was a fantastic visit and Sarah especially enjoyed going below the glass ‘sea’ for a fish’s-eye view of the world’s oldest iron hull. The same experience will be available to GTOs attending the South West Group Travel Show on 6th February.