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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  • Important piece of history, not just for Bristol but maritime history too. The museum was quiet when I visited, and parking easy and cheap on-site. The cost is rather high which may put you off (approx £15 per adult) but actually represents good value, in addition to the ticket allowing unlimited visits within a year, there is a lot to see and interact with around the ship and it's seperate museums. You can walk underneath the ship, as well as access all of it including the decks and impressive dining rooms (which can be hired out!). The place is well maintained, clean and safe, and the gift shop has surprisingly good prices for a museum shop, and some interesting things to buy. Overall a solid half days worth of content, the years membership included in the ticket price is a bit questionable as I can't see much value in returning within a year as they don't appear to have many rotating exhibits - a lower price for a one off visit would be welcome, especially for one-off visitors to Bristol.
  • Really fun and informative visit. Can't believe I've lived in and around Bristol for nearly 20 years and hadn't been before. Fully accessible with lifts and stairs throughout now, don't forget to get the kids scrubbing the deck! Layout of the ship is a little confusing so I'd ask for a couple of maps but the boarding pass game (kind of a treasure hunt) is great fun. Unfortunately that the boarding pass scanner computers didn't seem to be working well when we went (or maybe need a little more instruction?). Highly recommended and your ticket lasts a whole year too!
  • Really interesting historically significant monument. We didn't have time to take everything in but as return visits within the year are included, this wasn't a problem. We discussed mainly on the ship, much of which has been restored and refitted as it would have been and it was fascinating. A live pianist and the moving engine parts added to the realism, whilst being able to view the ship from the dry dock have it a unique perspective. A great family visit.
  • far exceeded my expectations! the visit is really interesting also if you don't have a specific interest in maritime or engineer history. if you have though, this it's really an amazing source of information! from the iron riveting techniques to the propeller first tests. And of course the specially designed steam engine. also my daughter, 3 years old, enjoyed the visit with the farm animal on the bridge, the reconstruction of first and second class cabins etc. the cafe was also nice and with a tasty selection. finally the museum was informative on the whole IKB career and inventions.
  • What a fantastic place. Love it and so does my 5 year old. We bought tickets last year and have gone back three times as one ticket works as annual pass. We keep taking guests to the city who stay with us and it’s been a hit every time. Not big enough for whole day out but definitely fill a morning.
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