About Bristol

Bristol is a city in the South West of England, about 115 miles west of London.

From its earliest days, its prosperity has been linked to the Port of Bristol, the commercial port which was in the city centre, but has now moved to the Bristol Channel coast at Avonmouth and Portbury.

Bristol was particularly associated with the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who designed the Great Western Railway between Bristol and London, two pioneering Bristol-built steamships, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge

In the 1960s Filton played a key role in the Concorde supersonic airliner project. Concorde components were manufactured in British and French factories and shipped to the two final assembly plants, in Toulouse and Filton.

The British Concorde prototype made its maiden flight from Filton to RAF Fairford on 9 April 1969, five weeks after the French test flight.

In more recent years the economy has been built on the aerospace industry, and the city centre docks have been regenerated as a centre of heritage and culture.

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