Brunel's ss Great Britain
Brunel's ss Great Britain
Great Western Dockyard
Gas Ferry Road
City of Bristol
0117 926 0680
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.
Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site, Archive, Heritage site, Industrial heritage site, Library, Transport heritage site
10am - 5.30pm (last entry 4.30pm) BST
10am - 4:30pm (last entry 3:30pm) GMT
Open daily except Dec 24 and Dec 25.
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.
Land Transport, Maritime, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Industry
Heritage Open Days 2014: Brunel Institute
- 13 September 2014
The Brunel Institute opened in 2010 and houses The SS Great Britain Trust's books, ship plans & models, maritime photos, films & Bristol University's Brunel Collection. The vital work required to keep these precious objects safe is carried out in the Institute, and the public can see this in progress. Visitors can see behind the scenes at the Brunel Institute and learn about caring for collections. There will be opportunity to find out about the exciting work that’s going into the Being Brunel experience and to learn some simple conservation techniques.
Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.