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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  • SS Great Britain is a great and unique "museum". Since the opening the museum has so much evolved! Now you can go inside the boat and see how it was as you were a passenger. You can go on each deck and even under to admire the boat's hull! I really enjoyed my time there. I passed nearly 3 hours watching, reading and listening to the stories told by passionate employees. And I would have needed more time there. If you come to Bristol, you have to take a look at this wonderful place. The dockyard is also a nice place to have a walk and see giant cranes and other dock stuff.
  • Absolutely amazing, information is clearly displayed and the layout is amazing. The displays are interactive and you can even dress up in Victorian clothing for free! One of the best experiences we have ever had. Amazing how much work has gone into the place and how accurate it is. Will definitely be returning - on the tickets that are automatically valid for a year!
  • What a fabulous experience visiting the SS Great Britain. The museum was fascinating and the engineering technology of the day quite amazing. But inside the vessel was a whole new world of history, so well preserved and so interesting to explore. Thank you to all the people who have designed and maintained such a treasure in maritime history.
  • Fantastic day with the kids! They didn't want to leave. It was fascinating for them to think and see what life was like travelling on a ship in the past. The ship is well laid out and has many interactive features. They laid in beds and smelt horrible smells. They were mesmerised by the hull and being 'underground' to see what's below the water normally. A great day out!
  • Great historic destination - informative and interesting. You can view the boat from 'under the waves' as well as checking out the passenger accommodation from opulent First Class to cramped and smelly Steerage. Well worth a visit. They also have special events on throughout the year the Xmas 2017 is on the second weekend in Dec I believe.
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