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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.
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  • We stopped at Bristol on our way home from a holiday in Cornwall, especially to visit SSGB, we ended up spending some 5 hours at the ship, it was absolutely fascinating. I grew up in sight of... 
    We stopped at Bristol on our way home from a holiday in Cornwall, especially to visit SSGB, we ended up spending some 5 hours at the ship, it was absolutely fascinating. I grew up in sight of...  more »
  • Really cool glimpse into what travelling looked back in the old days. I sure would never have gone anywhere if I was around back then, things were brutal. Definitely a big enough destination that... 
    Really cool glimpse into what travelling looked back in the old days. I sure would never have gone anywhere if I was around back then, things were brutal. Definitely a big enough destination that...  more »
  • That’s such a fun museum! The staff is really into making your visit as special as possible. I’d have given more than five stars. 
    That’s such a fun museum! The staff is really into making your visit as special as possible. I’d have given more than five stars.  more »
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  • A fantastic floating museum (though, technically speaking, it is in dry Dock- few holes in the Hull , you know). Brilliant restoration that gave you a feeling of what it must have been like to travel to Australia in the 1800s. Certainly the size of the berths gave you a feeling for how much smaller people were then. The whole centre is worth a visit as the story of the SS Great Britain and how it came to return to Bristol is pretty incredible. You'll spend a good couple of hours there. And there's a little shop. Of course.
  • Really enjoyed my visit. The ship is amazing and there is plenty to see and do around on the dock. The whole dock itself has been made into a museum with a horse-drawn carriage, travellers' trunks, anchors etc. On the ship, visitors can look in the bowels of the ship to see the propeller and up on deck, where there are seats to enjoy the view. The ship is supposed to be disabled friendly, with ramps and lifts. However the lift wasn't working on the day we visited. There is a interesting shop and a museum. A cafe can be found near to the entrance with lovely fresh sandwiches, hot snacks and pastries. I would love to say it was an excellent facility, but we were totally ignored at the counter for quite some time before being served. There are plenty of toilets throughout. They are very clean and the best thing is that one can read poetry whilst sat on the throne!!! If I could recommend something, it would be clearer signposting. All in all however, it was a great attraction, with plenty to see and do. I would certainly return.
  • Day trip with daughter to look around ship. Very interactive and staff on board being informative. Definitely a good few hours walking round. Daughter loved it. Tickets last a year so Definitely get your moneys worth.
  • Fabulous place to visit. Exceeded expectations. Lots to see and explore, plus the opportunity to go underneath the ship. Children loved the opportunity to dress up in the period clothes and enjoyed following the trail and finding the chest clues. Staff were friendly and helpful and the addition of period clothing was a lovely touch. Plenty of interactive areas and clever information displays (we particularly like the chest of drawers near the dress up are where you could see inside the drawer of individuals who had travelled on the ship). The sounds, smells and models made it feel like we had stepped back in time.
  • This place has a lot of history. The ship is well maintained and its impressive how much they do to even maintain this ship. Specially to stop it from getting rusty. For a £10 additional cost you may climb up to the pole of the ship. The inside of the ship is well maintained and displayed. You can even smell the things inside the rooms which was really unexpected. Figures have been placed all over to explain what they do in each room . These figures are also well made. It's a must visit place if you are in Bristol. The ticket costs £19 and is valid upto an year

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