Brunel's SS Great Britain
Brunel's SS Great Britain
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Step back in time when you board Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Discover the true stories behind the ship that changed the world. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend under water below the glass ‘sea’ to touch the world’s first great ocean liner.
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  • JimoHarlow
    Harlow, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly entertaining 4 hours
    This was a great experience from purchasing our tickets ‘til leaving 4 hours later. The staff were very welcoming and informative right from the off. We enjoyed a free half hour tour in the dry dock given by a very entertaining and knowledgable gentleman staff member. We then went on to go through the museum with so much to see and read. Then on to the ship itself. Below decks has been set up to show examples of steerage and first class sleeping and living areas. The use of life like figures, sounds and smells and character actors made for a very entertaining and informative experience. Add in the lovely staff and service we got in the cafeteria and it made for a lovely half a day. Well worth the admission amount. A highly professional, well run enterprise.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 April 2023
  • Tim B
    Bristol, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    SS Great Britain Wedding Reception.
    My wife and I had our wedding reception onboard the SS Great Britain last Saturday May 20th. In every respect it was a superb experience. The staff are all so attentive and helpful and the food was first class too. Special thanks must go to Maisie, Chris, Lily and Kieran for all their hard work and attention to detail, you were all marvellous.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 23 May 2023
  • Mark C
    Sydney, Australia117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Day
    We thoroughly enjoyed this experience. We paid the extra £5 for the guided tour with a staff member portraying Isembard Brunel. This tour provided so much context regarding the relevance of Brunel and the English shipping trade. The dockyard tour and the ship itself is wonderful. Also your general admission ticket is valid for 12 months and you can enter as many times as you wish in that year. Everything unless it is behind glass is able to be handled and there are many interactive elements including the Dockyard under the ship. Awesome day.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2023
  • EssexBetty64
    Essex, United Kingdom505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An important part of Bristol history.
    You can't visit Bristol without visiting the SS Britain. It is so interesting and there is far more to see than I thought. I loved the below deck showing what life would have been like on board from First Class to steerage etc. The staff here were attentive, knowledgeable and very friendly. We were an adult only group but there is lots for children to participate in particularly in the Brunel museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Kaz B
    Calne, United Kingdom536 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical must visit
    I have always wanted to visit this site and finally made it. It is a little pricey but there is lots to see and do. You get to go into where the rooms are and see how the various different types of passengers existed on board. A fascinating trip and although hit was pricey I do think it is something that is a must do.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • EmmaSuze1
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memorable Visit
    The whole experience was fantastic from visiting the hull and the museum to climbing on board the ship itself. It's certainly a well travelled ship and finding out its history made our weekend in Bristol even more memorable. You could really imagine what life would have been like as a passenger. The Brunel museum (is also well worth a visit and again it was so interesting to find out more about such an amazing engineer.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Aida G
    Glasgow, United Kingdom818 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit when in Bristol
    When I was in Bristol, I went to see Brunel's SS Great Britain. First, once you purchase the ticket online for £22, it grants you free unlimited return visits for a year, which is very useful if you live in or visit Bristol. Second, the staff was extremely friendly. They told us about the ship's history and even offered to take pictures of us. The site includes a museum telling the story of the ship, a museum telling the story of the engineer Brunel, and the ship itself. They have the entire set-up and sound effects on the ship.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • LadyRoughDiamond
    59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous walking tour with Mr Brunel, SSGB is amazing - not to be missed
    We travelled from West Sussex to visit the fabulous SS Great Britain for a second time because we loved it so much the first time, and it was even more of an enjoyable all-round experience for many reasons including: how well the vessel has been restored, how the history is displayed and brought to life for people of all ages and interests, the return back to Bristol (which makes the hair on my arms stand up because it is so emotive returning to its home dock). Most of all because of the enthusiasm of the staff and amazing volunteers (special credit to the lovely Maggie). And of course Mr Brunel himself who is absolutely AMAZING. We actually came this time to do the new walking tour of Brunel's Bristol with Mr Brunel himself (Joe). It was fascinating, what an amazing individual IKB was, although it can seem like a relatively long time to go on a walking tour it flew past because it was so interesting learning more about IKB (and we already thought we knew quite a bit) as well as Bristol, Bristol and Brunel's relationship and the meaning of 'Ship Shape and Bristol fashion'. Cannot recommend the walking tour or a visit to SSGB highly enough. And thank you to Bristol too, we always feel welcome, this time we used the park and ride from Brislington which is quick and cheap and you get a good view of Bristol on the way. Even if you think you're not that interested in this classic and ground (wave) breaking ship it's worth a visit. Excellent gift shop too and lovely staff. Thanks again to Joe, Carolyn and Maggie, you made our visit really special.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Craigside
    Bolton, United Kingdom387 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum Experience Brunel’s Genius
    Excellent museum presentation from start to finish. Thank goodness they salvaged this magnificent ship and saved her from being lost, All the more great that she is in the original dry dock where she was built 180 years ago. The world’s biggest ship at the time and the first built of iron - a truly groundbreaking demonstration of the genius of Brunel. A great museum and experience to explore the from ship top to bottom, including cabins and engine room, etc., highly recommended!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Jane K
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredibly wheelchair friendly. A great attraction that appeals to all ages.
    I visited with my Mum and Dad who uses a powerchair. We were hugely impressed with how much of the ship Dad could access. There's a lift all the way through the middle of the ship so Dad could get to all decks. There were a few cabins that he couldn't get into (which is made clear on their website), but apart from that he had a great time looking around the ship and the drydock. The staff were all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and we had a great time. It was well worth the entry fee, especially as your ticket is valid for a year. We will definitely return.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
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Ibiza
25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Clean air zone and bus gate cumberland road fine made the day more expensive.

We had been looking forward to visiting and planned it and drove 2 hours to go to see the ship. 1st sting was the clean air zone followed by a fine a few weeks later for turning into a Bus gate? Looking at the photo it makes no sense how we could have avoided this. Please be aware of this when visiting.
Written 15 April 2024
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YorkshireSummer
Yorkshire182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Excellent brilliant to see and the kids loved how interactive and interesting it was.
Incredible ship absolutely massive , lovely staff.
Only major downside was the cafe very very expensive for a family of 4 lunch was overly priced we felt by over £15 - exact same choices at the aerospace museum with viewing Concorde was literally half price .
My husband and I shared a sandwich yesterday the bill came to over £35 astronomical amount for one sandwich, a kids meal, bowl of chips, 2 teas, can of water and kids apple juice. Utter rip off
Shame as it let down the experience as the ship was amazing - cafes prices need to be massively re considered
Written 9 April 2024
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Emilie G
Bath, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This was one of the best museum I have ever done !
No matter the price, it really worths it and I can come back within the next 12 months for free, as there is a lot to take I’ll definitely pay an other visit.
But the best of all was Harry one of the museum assistant !
He showed me around the place ( which I was probably going to miss out!) and explained me a bunch of stuff about the conservation and all the processes to save the boat.
This encounter made my visit even more interesting.
Thanks 🙏
Written 9 April 2024
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Thank you for the 5-star rating and lovely review, we’re so pleased you enjoyed your day out! Thank you so much for your feedback about Harry, we’ll be sure to pass that on. We hope to see you on board again soon. 🎩
Written 11 April 2024
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Robert F
Chelmsford, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A great experience for all of the family. So much to do and learn! A little expensive - but the refund on the parking was appreciated.
Written 8 April 2024
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Thank you for the 5-star rating, we’re so pleased you enjoyed your day out! Hope to see you on board again soon.
Written 11 April 2024
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Julia's Friend
Chester, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
SS Great Britain is a really good visit for all the family. The ship is beautifully displayed to look as if it's floating on the water but in fact is in dry dock and when you walk underneath it you really get the perspective of the sheer scale and power of the vessel. There's lots of interesting displays in the museum and the ship is cleverly and humorously displayed. Our junior member was keen to come back and climb the rigging! There's also a nice cafe with lovely river views alongside and a shop with things you actually want to buy and clean spacious toilets.
My only complaint - and they may well not have any power over this - is the Car Park. You can only pay with COINS or by downloading the App - why oh why is there no facility just to pay by card? If not for this, the trip would get all 5 Stars!
Written 31 March 2024
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Usuallyaboutfood
sheffield75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Loved being able to explore all of the ship including underneath and the sympathetic way it had been restored to show separate eras.

Museum areas well laid out with lots of personal
stories bringing it to life.

Friendly informative guides - volunteered lots of interesting information.

Spent 2.5 hours there. Cost was £22 but can return within the next year.
Written 23 March 2024
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User U
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Excellent day out with the family, I didn’t realise you can go under the dry dock to see the hull of the ship and then 3 floors of the ship. Good interactive and interesting info about the ship, passengers, design, etc. Great for children (we had ages 10, 7, 6 and 3 with us) as there are things to operate and play with and inside the ship things like the kitchen, cabins, dining room etc are really brought to life with mannequins, sounds, lights, etc. Huge engine which moves around. It really gives you an idea of what it would have been like to be aboard as a passenger – a real divide between first class and steerage!
Written 17 March 2024
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irina j
London, UK2,001 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is a really good place to visit. We were lucky to have a guided tour from one of the volunteers around dry docks. We found a lot about the history , living conditions and Brunel inventions
Written 16 March 2024
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Stephen C
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our first visit to this place and by we were blown away . such a lot to see and well worth the ticket price as you can visit as many times as you like for a year.
Written 9 March 2024
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Robert A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I particularly enjoyed visiting the SS Great Britain, Brunel's ship that is in permanent dry dock. There is a small museum full of original parts of the ship and containing information on the recovery and restoration of the ship before it came back to Bristol. There is a stair case and disability lift that takes from street level to the base of the ship which is fully enclosed and climate controlled for preservation reasons. You can walk all the way around the hull. Afterwards you can access the deck and even find your way into the heart of the ship where you will discover how the ship's crew, passengers and cargo spent their time at sea. There are mannequins, artificial smells and audio to keep you entertained.
Written 7 March 2024
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