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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. Make Brunel's SS Great Britain part of your personalized Bristol itinerary using our Bristol trip itinerary builder.
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  • Take the kids young and old, they will love it. Even the Mrs will enjoy looking around this marvel, Its blend of engineering and social history is fascinating. the fact that you can walk around not on...  more »
  • A must visit .All modern ships owe their design to this Brunel masterpiece .Everyone should pay homage to this survivor of Victorian inventions .It is an education for all ages  more »
  • Went here for a couple of hours. They have done an amazing job of restoring this amazing ship. It's well worth going if you have a spare afternoon in Bristol.  more »
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  • Got to go if you're big kid or a little one. This is like a blue whale out of water. First ever ocean liner..1843. But it is crumbling slowly. See her before she crumbles. Fan bloody tastik. Thanks to all staff.
  • An icon of British engineering that has been restored brilliantly, with an excellent museum. It vividly brings to life the steam age. The surrounding docks area is well worth an explore and a walk.
  • Great place to visit with kids. Ticket price covers you for a year, so ideal for locals. A wonderful piece of Bristol's history in a lovely setting by the water. Parking is reasonable too.
  • Truly wonderful. When I visited it was Christmas time and they had this wonderful foam snow machine running. The costumed staff were a treat, giving information in character of whatever we were looking at. The ticket being for a year was a surprise, even if it weren't the price was well worth it.
  • Brilliant staff, very helpful and family friendly. The exhibits are nicely explained. The guided tours and presentations are worth it.