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Gordano Open Days

Weekends 14th-15th and 21st-22nd of September 2019

All venues are open to the public - entry is free

The Royal Inn

Pier Road, Portishead, North Somerset BS20 7HG

Sat    11:00am- 23:00pm
Sun   12:00pm- 22:30pm

Built in 1830 it was to be the terminus of Brunel's Great Western Railway. Passengers arriving from London or New York could disembark at The Royal and an adjacent steamer pier. With the death of Brunel his plans were not completed and The Royal became a destination holiday hotel. It has now been converted into a pub and high quality restaurant. The walls are covered with period charts and maps and nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs of the old Inn by local photographer Eric Wright.

It features a wide patio area facing onto the Severn and Portbury Docks where patrons can watch the ships come and go from the port. The patio looks out over the old steamer pier and is a short walk from the lock gates for Portishead Marina where portions of the historic lock gate mechanisms are on display. The Marina also features display boards provided by the Gordano Civic Society explaining the history of the Marina when it was a working port and part of the regional electric power generating plants.

Self guided tour guides will be available to explain the history of the building and the site.