Brunel's SS Great Britain, Bristol

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Discover what it was like to travel aboard the world’s first great ocean liner, Brunel's SS Great Britain, launched in 1843 as the longest and largest vessel of its time. The ship was designed for service between Bristol and New York, and was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic. Today, this historic ship serves as a museum and an award-winning tourist attraction, with over 150,000 visitors every year. Stroll the decks, peep inside the luxury cabins of first-class passengers, walk through the busy kitchens, and go beneath the waterline to see the world’s oldest iron hull. Be sure to visit the Dockyard Museum to learn about the ship’s service as luxury liner, emigrant steam clipper, and sailing ship transporting coal to San Francisco. To visit Brunel's SS Great Britain on your holiday in Bristol, and find out what else Bristol has to offer, use our Bristol trip maker tool .
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  • Visited The SS Great Britain in March on a bitterly cold day when there was actually snow on the ships decks but the attraction was still open. Parking is easy in an adjacent pay and display car park ...  more »
  • We visited SS Great Britain fortunately on only the second day of the Being Brunel museum - it was all fantastic! The new exhibition gives a light touch insight into Brunel's achievements and signific...  more »
  • No matter if you're a fan or not of ships, Brunel or musuems in general this has to be one of the best, most thought out and interesting places to visit in the South of England. Well worth the admissi...  more »
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  • A fantastic experience. Hands on displays, good explanations, helpful staff. You can walk around the dry dock to see the underside of the ship. The inside has been excellently restored. A small museum charts the boats history. Well worth a visit, especially as the cafe is right on the quayside
  • Superb place to visit. Exhibitions very well set out and a huge amount of information available. Some of the information was brought alive by actors who engaged really well with the children. The staff are great and friendly and knowledgeable. The story of the ship is incredible and a little sad at times. You can see the effort and love people have put into the project. Entry price is reasonable and made even better in that it's valid for a year for limitless visits. Cafe is also good and well stocked. Carparking is difficult.
  • Great place to go for a day out you will remember. Most people think that families and children will be the main target audience for this attraction but they are wrong, anyone can visit here no matter what age. All the different rooms and decorations really make you feel like you are in a Victorian atmosphere while roaming the ship. The mechanics of the ship and all the quarters are excellent and even the dock museum is quite fascinating. Overall an amazing historical experience that everyone enjoys.
  • Great value for money for a family ticket 2 adults 3 children. £45. Lots to look at and touch and interact with. Onboard the ship. Just brilliant. Kids can climb the rigging for free. And below deck absorb the atmosphere. Get a great sense of what the journey would have been like for those wishing to travel before airplanes were developed for mass transit. Well worth a visit.
  • This is a special place. The old ship back in the dry dock where it was built. It is fascinating to walk round underneath the hull and see its shape and its construction. The recreation of the initial cabin layout and engines gives a good feel for what it must have been like. The relics around the ship yard and in the museum are fascinating. The stubs of mast stored around the back by the schools eating area are worth a look. The views of Bristol from the ship are good too.
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