Brunel's ss Great Britain

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



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0117 926 0680

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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, Archive, Heritage site, Industrial heritage site, Library, Transport 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.
Crowds arrive for Museums at Night

Museums at Night - Lock-in for Locals

  • 16 May 2014 6-9pm

The idea behind this year's event is all about stepping into the shoes of the Victorian passengers and crew who travelled on Brunel's great ship.

Visitors are asked to take leave of their modern lives and see how their ancestors did things. With authentically recreated vintage scenes, Victorian dress-up and engaging soundscapes, history is brought vividly to life above and below deck and on the surrounding Great Western Dockyard. Visitors can also enjoy the romantic view from the Dockyard Cafe Bar, which will be open until 11pm.

With proof of a Bristol postcode, price of entry to the full site on Friday 16 May (6-9pm) will be just £3 per head (or 3 Bristol Pounds for tickets bought on the door). Friendly and knowledgeable guides will be on hand to answer questions and tell stories from the ship's rich history. For anybody who has ever wondered what happens to museums after dark, 'Museums at Night' is a magical and fascinating experience.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age