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.
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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0117 926 0680

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