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.
photograph of man dressed as Brunel on ship desk with girl wearing top hat and satchel

Become Brunel's apprentice this summer

  • 27 July — 2 September 2018 *on now

GRAB AN ENGINEER’S SATCHEL
Daily, 10am - 6pm

Included in the price of admission

Filled with all the tools you’ll need, enjoy exciting activities in the dockyard and on board the ship. Explore the SS Great Britain, solve problems and learn the many skills that make a great engineer.


BRUNEL: BUILDING THE IMPOSSIBLE
Daily, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm

Included in the price of admission

Discover more about engineering in our amazing summer science show. Hosted by Mr. Brunel himself, the performance will be filled with fascinating facts and daring demonstrations, celebrating 2018’s Year of Engineering. Apprentices young and old, will be inspired by the SS Great Britain and the extraordinary man who made her.

Performances will run three times a day, every day and last 20-30 minutes.


EXPLORE THE LIFE OF ONE OF ENGINEERING'S GREATEST MINDS
Daily, 10am - 6pm

Included in the price of admission

New for 2018, Being Brunel celebrates the life and legacy of Britain’s hero engineer. Discover never-before-seen personal possessions, then get inside Brunel’s mind and experience life through his own eyes in an immersive audio-visual experience.


HEAR FASCINATING STORIES FROM CURATORS
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and the first two Saturdays of every month, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Free drop-in sessions

The Brunel Institute will be open for families to get up close to objects from the collection and hear their incredible history from the curators in Archive in Five.


CLIMB THE RIGGING
Daily, 12pm - 5pm

Free for under 18s, £10 for over 18s

Scale the rigging 30 metres above the Dry Dock floor with Go Aloft!, and then walk out onto the main yard for a unique and breathtaking view of Bristol, now free for under 18s!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

https://www.ssgreatbritain.org/whats-on/become-brunels-apprentice-summer

Brunel's SS Great Britain
Great Western Dockyard
Gas Ferry Road
Bristol
City of Bristol
BS1 6TY
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.ssgreatbritain.org

E-mail

General enquiries

admin@ssgreatbritain.org

Events

events@ssgreatbritain.org

Education

education@ssgreatbritain.org

Fundraising

fundraising@ssgreatbritain.org

Telephone

0117 926 0680

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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