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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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  • We visited the ship and a had a wonderful time. The staff were very polite and informative. I hope this museum continues the great Job of preservation that it has been doing. The layout of the upper a...  more »
  • An interesting boat to explore - especially around the dry dock. The 'authenic' smells etc on the boat is a nice touch. Brings the experience to life! Good venue for dinner parties too. 
  • Couldn't visit Bristol without a trip to this ship and I wasn't disappointed. An amazing restoration and preservation project with lots to see and hands on interaction with some of the exhibits. The s...  more »
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  • An integral part of the cultural tapestry of Bristol, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's SS Great Britain is a fascinating technological marvel, the first iron-hulled, screw-driven steam passenger ship in the world. After a turbulent history, the Great Britain spent some time in the Falkland Islands as a rusting coal bunker, but was bought by a local businessman in 1970 and returned to Bristol. Today she has been restored beautifully by a team of dedicated and talented staff, and is displayed in a unique setting in the same dockyard in which she was initially laid down. The museum also includes a large converted stores warehouse with many other exhibits related to the ship, and a small cafe just outside. Most definitely worth visiting for any visitors to the city.
  • Among with the bridge, this is probably the main attraction in Bristol. From the distance doesn't look like something worth the visit and we even think in skip it because of time constraints, but we didn't and what a surprise. It has a museum, a dry deck and the ship interior. All of it is very well done and made with care. It absolutely worth it to visit it and listen to the history of this ship.
  • This was a random stop off on the way home from Somerset. Really enjoyed looking around and hearing the history. There are audio guides to listen to that give different perspectives of living on the ss Great Britain, as well as a technical audio. So you can go simple or as in depth as you like.
  • There no ropes or things hidden off behind perspex, so you can actually get close and see almost every part. The way they have brought it back to life is 5 star. Also, great disabled access to all parts, without ruining the feel of the ship. Brilliant, highly recommend.
  • 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!