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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  • Lovely full day 11am till 4.30 with breaks for food. Starts in the dry dock so you can see the hull. The ship interior is interesting..tiny cabins in all classes. The staff are amazing = Friendly and ...  more »
  • One ticket allows multiple visits over a year. Don't plan to take in everything in one visit. This is an amazing story that can be experienced.Built into the experience are interesting illustrated tal...  more »
  • This was a bargain to visit SS Great Britain but this time at night and with entertainment in the dining room and buffet food was a brilliant way to experience life on Board, We were able to wander ar...  more »
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  • What a great place - the family loved it. The museum part was very interesting with very interactive activities including lifting the ships old propeller! There is then the ship itself with various levels alto explore and some interesting smells to add to the authenticity. Finally you can go into the old dry dock and see the bottom of the vessel. All of this is wheelchair and pram accessable. One of the best attractions in Bristol.
  • A wonderful experience. Even on a boiling hot day, we persevered down into the dry-dock, and whilst melting, took in the wonder that is SS Great Britain. Highly recommended. As are all the experiences in and around the area. Staff are friendly and helpful. They appear to be happy in their work, and this is shown by the way they are with all the visitors. I hope that I shall return one day, as there is so much to see and do, I would like to spend more time there.....Excellent.
  • So much history. There are people in costume acting their parts. At certain times of the year there are activities for children. Rooms on the ship are done out for authenticity, also kitchen, dining room and steerage. Fantastic museum. This is truly a great visit. Buy a ticket and return as many times as you like for a year
  • Fascinating place to visit: the ship itself with various levels to explore and also the museum around the site. Great outdoor views from the deck. Good to know: the ticket gives you unlimited entry for a year. Highly recommended. We'll come back for sure with friends and family.
  • Amazing and full of history. We saw how the class system worked on the ship for staff and passengers, for their sleeping and eating. It was an amazing ship which you can walk round from the dry dock under the ship to the three level, upper middle and lower decks. Then there were museums around the site a cafe and gift shop. Plus your ticket gets you in for free another day within the year. To finish we saw two free shows of acrobatic and a very interesting talk by a volunteer .
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