Brunel's ss Great Britain

Brunel's ss Great Britain
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Step on board the most extraordinary time-machine. Brunel’s ss Great Britain, the world’s first great ocean liner is Bristol’s no.1 attraction on Trip Advisor (2013).
The brainchild of our most famous Bristolian, Isambard Kingdom Brunel; this iconic steam ship is the heart of a multi-award winning visitor attraction.

Rescued from rust and wreckage in 1970, and since lovingly restored to her Victorian hey-day, a visit to the ss Great Britain allows you to step back in time and explore true stories from the opulent First-Class to the cramped and quarrelsome Steerage. Each kitchen and cabin, dining room and doctor’s surgery emanates authentic sounds and smells which bring the ship and its history to life. So much more than a dusty old museum, this is a living and breathing, atmospheric experience.

Step ‘underwater’ for a unique and magnificent view of the ship below the beautiful glass sea; investigate the Riggers’ Yard and the Great Western Dockyard, test your skills with interactive displays and choose from a selection of fascinating audio companions. With storytelling and games for children to in-depth historical research in Brunel’s Institute, there is something for everybody at Brunel’s ss Great Britain.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

10am - 5.30pm (last entry 4.30pm) BST
10am - 4:30pm (last entry 3:30pm) GMT

Open daily except Dec 24 and Dec 25.

Admission charges

Adults £12.50, Concessions £9.95, Children £6.25, Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children) £33.50. Children four and under free entry. Tickets allow free and unlimited return visits for 12 months.

Collection details

Land Transport, Maritime, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Industry

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Massive Battleships

Massive Battleships

  • 29 August 2015 10am-5pm *on now

Maritime madness with everybody's favourite, childhood boardgame - only bigger!

Two teams battle it out at their command stations, as each fleet is whittled down, ship by ship.

MASSIVE Battleships is brought to you by Mufti, who create theatrical installation that rediscover the simple enjoyment of classic kids' games as a collective experience for all ages.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Brunel's Bristol

Brunel's Bristol: From Station to Ship

  • 29 August 2015 9:30am-12pm, 1:30-4pm *on now
  • 30 August 2015 9:30am-12pm, 1:30-4pm
  • 31 August 2015 9:30am-12pm, 1:30-4pm

Brunel's ss Great Britain and Network Rail are offering unique, guided walking tours of two of Brunel's greatest achievements. See behind-the-scenes at Bristol Temple Meads Station followed by a ferry journey to the Great Western Dockyard, where Mr. Brunel will lead a guided tour of the ss Great Britain.

Tours are 2 ½ hours in duration, starting at Bristol Temple Meads Station and ending at Brunel's ss Great Britain. The tour includes going behind-the-scenes at Bristol Temple Meads Station, a one-way ferry trip from the station to the ship, and a tour of Brunel's ss Great Britain with Mr Brunel. Included in the price, your entry ticket to Brunel's ss Great Britain includes free unlimited return visits for a year.

Book early to guarantee a place. Tours are available starting at 9.30am and 1.30pm each day over the August Bank Holiday weekend:

Saturday 29 August: 9.30am or 1.30pm
Sunday 30 August: 9.30am or 1.30pm
Monday 31 August: 9.30am or 1.30pm

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children




Spooky Ship


  • 31 October 2015 6:30-7:30pm, 8:30-9:30pm

Spend an eerie evening getting lost and exploring the shadowy corridors of the ss Great Britain at night; with so much happening in every nook and cranny, you never know what might be in the next cabin.

In association with Bristol old Vic, and taking inspiration from the ship's history, performers from Made in Bristol will bring the ss Great Britain vividly to life in never-before-seen, exciting ways; making it a nightmare to remember.

Ticket will be on sale via Bristol Old Vic box office from Monday 17 August.

The Dockyard Cafe Bar will be serving fang-tastic food on a gore-met menu throughout the evening (5-9pm). Whether you are going to the Spooky Ship or not, you can pop in for a severed mozzarella finger or Bat wings!

There will be 2 performances, the early event is more family friendly, suitable for ages 8+ (or particularly brave younger children) whereas the later event will be a little scarier, suitable for ages 12+.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£13/8 CONC


Brunel's ss Great Britain
Great Western Dockyard
Gas Ferry Road
City of Bristol

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General enquiries





0117 926 0680

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