History of Engine Shed

The Tudor-style building designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel was opened in 1841 and, since then, has had an important impact on Bristol with innovation and education at its core.

2013 - now

Engine Shed

Engine Shed from 2013 is a collaboration between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol to house some key activities in the City and to stimulate economic growth in the Enterprise Zone. It will provide a platform at an iconic address for many collaborative ventures, the Business Lounge with cafe, Brunel’s boardroom suite of meeting rooms and a public innovation showcase.

Engine Shed story
1965 - 2012

Exploratory and the Empire and Commonwealth Museum

The station has previously housed The Exploratory from 1989-99 and then the Empire and Commonwealth Museum from 2002-09. The Passenger Shed which took over after that still holds an exciting array of events.

1841 - 1965

Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Engine Shed forms part of the original Temple Meads train station, opened in 1841 as the Western terminus of the Great Western Railway, designed by Brunel. It’s thought to be one of the oldest surviving terminuses in the world, where passengers and trains inhabited the same space under the one roof. The building was fronted by offices which were home to Brunel’s Boardroom, drawing offices, the Bristol Offices of Great Western Railway and Station Master’s quarters.

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How to find Engine Shed

Engine Shed
Station Approach
Temple Meads


+44 (0)117 903 1100


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