Brunel's SS Great Britain, Bristol
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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. Make Brunel's SS Great Britain part of your personalized Bristol itinerary using our Bristol trip itinerary builder.
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The ship and museum are extremely well presented, providing lots of interesting glimpses of the past. For example the steerage quarters of the ship are full of luggage, buckets, washing on lines, etc.... read more »
Had a fantastic visit to the SS Great Britain. It was during the school holidays and even Brunel was there to answer questions himself!! Would recommend this attraction to young and old, we thoroughly... read more »
Love this museum, so interactive and I find something new every time I visit. Great for taking any visitors as once you buy your ticket is lasts a year so we have gone back for free over and over. Our... read more »
This is one of the best museums I have visited. It's well worth the entrance fee. The dry dock view underneath the ship is awe inspiring. The museum itself is informative for all ages. The interactive helm and the propeller-raising exhibits are substantial and informative. The ship itself is a delight from the aesthetic and technical points of view. My son climbed the rigging which was exciting for all of us but particularly for him!
The Brunel's SS Great Britain is an astonishing reconstruction of this boat and a ticket to the past. It's amazing the level of detail and the effort invested in making you feel in the mid 1800's. They use your five senses to deliver the experience, and you can interact with many of the elements there, from climbing to the top sail, to get into the cabin and sit on the bunk beds. Even they did the effort to bring to you the scent of certain daily activities that used to take part in the boat. It's a recommended visit no matter the age. Enjoyable 100%.
Located near the center of Bristol, the SS Great Britain is a must visit for any traveller in the area. The history behind the ship is amazing and is well presented. Exploring the ship itself was also a great experience, with many rooms decorated to represent what it looked like back in it's former glory days.
I haven't been there yet. I'm sure it's great. BUT WHY don't they provide a CLEAR MAP on the web showing how to cross the river to get to it by ferry????? Absolutely crazy. And some guide to timetables. Hopefully, we'll get to see it in the morning. Typical.
Plenty here to keep everyone - kids, parents, techy geeks - interested for hours. Amazing restorations of the interior and exterior of this iconic ship, and best of all, you can get everywhere: alongside her, under her, on her, in her and, if you opt to climb the mast, over her.
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