There at the beginning and end of the working day for many, railway stations are places millions of people pass through day after day in the UK, but few actually pay attention to their surroundings or give any consideration to the history and development of these magnificent buildings. Even fewer look at the design, engineering and architecture of some of the best public buildings constructed in Britain over the past 200 years. Great British Railway Stations takes a look at a selection of the finest railway stations in the United Kingdom.
Bristol Temple Meads railway station tells the story of the evolution of British railway heritage perfectly. The original railway station was constructed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Railway in the late 1830 s. Although many assume that the iconic clock tower and buildings now in use as Bristol Temple Meads railway station were built by Brunel, these buildings actually date from the 1870's extension. The station underwent further major refurbishments in the 1930 s and is now one of the largest groups of Grade I listed buildings in the UK.