Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Brunel’s SS Great Britain
Bristol, Bristol/Somerset

Average time spent2-4 hours

Things to do at Brunel’s SS Great Britain review

Named as Bristol’s number one visitor attraction, the SS Great Britain is a mighty sight on the River Avon docked in the harbour.

A proud part of Bristol’s heritage, a dedicated Wallace and Gromit statue is located near the entrance, that was uncovered during the 2019 Gromit Unleashed Trail. In fact, the Aardman studios are very close by.

The attraction begins in the dockyard that’s been in place since 1839, but you’ll first head underground to the stern of the ship to view the replica of the screw propeller – at its time it was a true feat of engineering.

Next, a visit to the interactive dockyard museum will uncover maritime history. Visitors are encouraged to pick up a free boarding card and follow the journey of one of the 36 characters through facts, records and personal diaries. Those wanting to fully embrace their character can try on historic costumes.

Then it’s time to step foot onto the ship with seven areas to explore onboard; the weather deck, promenade deck, dining saloon, steerage, galley, stores and baker, forward hold and the engine. The decking affords fantastic views of the colourful Cliftonwood and surrounding areas, and adrenaline junkies can Go Aloft! by climbing the rigging to over 25 metres above ground level (additional tickets required).

With your feet firmly back on the ground, the new Being Brunel museum explores the life of Isambard Brunel whom you may spot walking around greeting guests.

Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places now require you to pre-book online in advance.

Important Information Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Eating – Harbourside Kitchen is located alongside Brunel’s SS Great Britain and offers superb views on to the ship as well as across Bristol’s historic floating harbour. You can enjoy delicious light meals, snacks and drinks throughout the day

Facilities in brief – Historical ship you can explore, interactive dockyard museum, you can even climb the rigging. Toilets and a cafe.

Entry price – *Higher priced – but good value
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher priced. An adult ticket is £18 and £10 for a child aged 5-16. Under 5’s are free and other pricing options are available. Once you have purchased your tickets you can then return for free for the rest of the year as much as you please. There is a pay and display next to it run by the council – discounted rated for visitors.

Opening: Brunel’s SS Great Britain is open most school holidays and Thursday to Sunday for most of the rest of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Dog friendly? Only assistance dogs are permitted

Information on accessibility

Address: Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY, England. Phone: 0117 926 0680

This is a guest post with thanks to Charlotte from The Millennial Runaway

Category – Historical ship/museum – Mostly Indoors – Suitable for all ages

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