Brunel’s SS Great Britain has enjoyed over 170 years of adventure, travelled a million miles at sea and been around the world 32 times. It’s been an incredible journey and it’s far from over, especially as it remains Bristol’s most popular place for families to visit.

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Now one of the UK’s best-loved all-weather attractions, Brunel’s SS Great Britain is a fantastic day out for the whole family. You can explore the decks, dockside or down below the spectacular glass sea. You can even see if you’ve got what it takes to be a Victorian sailor and scale the mainmast with Go Aloft!

The SS Great Britain is well-known for its multi-sensory experiences, allowing visitors to be transported by sights, sounds and even smells as they investigate life on board. New additions to the steerage cabins will provide an even stinkier experience this summer, with the chance to sniff out sweaty laundry, stale ale and the ghastly stench of life as a third-class Victorian traveller on the ship.

ss great britain cabinsOnce you’ve slummed it below deck, listening in on gossiping Victorian ladies and their mischeif-making children, trying your hand at calligraphy and climbing the rigging will provide an exciting introduction into Victorian life and the true stories of the people who once inhabited the ship.

This summer, if you book your visit during the 18 – 24 July you will be able to join in with the celebrations and step back in time to 1843 when the ship was first launched. Mr Brunel will even be on hand to take on a special dockyard walk, recounting stories of the launch.

Even better, a visit to the ss Great Britain does not only have to be an adventure for the summer as once tickets are purchased they are valid for a whole year.


SS Great Britain,  Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, BS1 6TY

Tel: 0117 9260680


Opening times: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5.30pm