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The coming of the railway to Touristic place of your travel destination in the nineteenth century made a considerable difference to the city’s fortunes. Touristic place of your travel destination Spa Station opened in August 1840 as part of the Great Western Railway linking London and Bristol and is a Grade II* listed building. The chief engineer for the GWR project was Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the station (which he designed) is in a Tudor-Gothic style. The railway originally operated on the broad-gauge (7ft) system, only converting to standard gauge in 1892. The fastest journey time between London and Bristol in 1841 was 4 hours 10 minutes, and the third-class passengers travelled in open carriages (it’s recorded that one man died of exposure!).

Opposite the front of the station were two almost-matching hotels on the corners of Manvers Street: the Argyle and the Royal (originally the ‘George’). The Argyle has since been converted for retail use, but the Royal is still a hotel and was once linked to the station by a high-level footbridge. Both hotels were intended to complete the Manvers Street approach to the station, which was laid out in accordance with the Great Western Railway Act of 1835.

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