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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  • Craigside
    Bolton, United Kingdom370 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
    4 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
  • Stay05739008227
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very well-made!
    Very enjoyable experience. The museum is very well-made, with lots of original stuff. It was really interesting to read letters of real 19th-century passengers and other old documents. The reconstruction of the cabins, the kitchen and the dining room is absolutely brilliant, it really recreates the atmosphere of the original ship. Definitely recommended if you are visiting Bristol!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Bristol born
    London, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    SS Great Britain - Great day out for the family
    Brilliant family day out to see this beautiful ship in its original home town. Lots to see and do, so allow at least a couple of hours for the visit. Just one thing to be aware of - you can get a partial refund of your parking ticket if you use the Pay and Display. But we saw nothing about this when we visited and the ticket office made no mention of this when we showed our prepaid tickets.. Would have been nice to have been asked if we used the car park- not expect us to know this in advance.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • OB32
    Bristol, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best thing in Bristol
    I've lived in Bristol for 20 years and ashamed to say never been. What an experience. It was amazing. It's not just the ship itself, there is a mesuem on the SS great Britain and Brunel. There are figures and real people playing characters in various rooms, so gives you a really good idea of life on the ship, watch out for the person being sea sick.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Greater Charlotte
    Charlotte, North Carolina58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great historical experience in Bristol
    Wonderful experience for the children and family, well worth the trip to Bristol. Nice location on riverAvon, very friendly knowledgeable-staff . A superb experience of historical technology and experience of past ocean travelers. Nice museum artifacts, and the ability to go under the ship into the dry dock is an amazing experience. Great technology to keep the ship intact.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • DBInTheHouse
    134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for all, an excellent experience for all ages.
    August was a return visit as we enjoyed visiting in March but ran out of time, there is such as lot to see. Entrance allows for a return visit in the same 12 months. Its good to do a little research prior to visiting as knowing the history of this wonderful ship makes it all the more interesting. Of course you can learn when your there but I would do a little research first. Staying in the Bristol Hotel meant a short walk along the harbour key side was a nice way to arrive, otherwise take a bus or drive. The ship is fascinating, being both a steamer and sailing ship means rigging and an engine room. Seeing how passengers in different classes were accommodated is an education for all ages and how the crew lived. The additional museums are excellent and I'm sure everyone would enjoy a visit even if they didn't think they would. Staff and volunteers are all very helpful and professional, if you want to climb the rigging that can be arranged. Highly recommended, I could go on and on but see for yourself.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • tidynige
    Bristol, United Kingdom241 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit with Australian friends
    My wife and I visited the SS Great Britain with 2 Australian friends. They were over touring the UK and wanted to see us in Bristol. We thought they might find the SS Great Britain interesting given it's Australian emigration history and we were right (they live in Melbourne). The visit got off to a great start when we met a guide (a lovely scotsman called "Henry" I think?) as we were about to start the visit. He gave us a great overview of the history of the ship and aspects that were especially relevant to our friends from Melbourne. This set us up for the rest of the visit (the museum and the ship itself) and made the whole visit even more enjoyable. One minor word of caution - make sure you read the website info re parking at the car park next door. The parking isn't cheap and the machine doesn't take cards - so bring plenty of cash! However if you show your parking receipt at the SS Great Britain cashdesk you can get a refund of a lot of the parking fee - well worth doing!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 August 2023
  • SueBrennanUk
    Derby, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History, science and fun for all ages
    We visited in the summer holidays with our two children aged 8 and 6. We all had an excellent and memorable day. The volunteer that greeted us (Carolyn?) was warm and engaging, set the scene well and offered her own personal perspective on the history of the ship before advising us on how best to approach the site. In terms of highlights, special mention must be made of the actor playing Brunel, who managed to be informative, entertaining and convincing all at once, whilst proving himself particularly adept at dealing with the enthusiastically esoteric conversation of small children. It seemed almost a point of pride that he could take the most obscurely irrelevant fact our small son wanted to tell him about his favourite comic and relate it somehow to a fact about the SS Great Britain, thus somehow making it all relevant to a six year old mind. Well done, that man! We also particularly enjoyed dressing up in Victorian costume, which was the source of much mirth. The SS GB and it’s museum were beautiful and the activities interesting to all ages. I’m sorry we missed out on the audio tour but I’d forgotten all about it until we’d finished! My own daft fault… I also wished we’d taken our own food, because the restaurant on site was overpriced and oversubscribed, but again I probably should have predicted that! This aside, it was a great day out at a very reasonable price, and I’d love to go back if we find ourselves in that part of the country again, not least because it’s free for a year and we didn’t have time for the attached Brunel museum. Would highly recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Lynda H
    Plymouth, United Kingdom75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do experience
    What a fantastic experience, so much to see and do. Our 5 year old grandson was captivated by it all and loved collecting the information for his sticker sheet. Staff were friendly, well informed and always happy to help. We spent at least two hours here and didn’t see it all, we will certainly be back. We also had a delicious lunch in the cafe.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
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Doc22407
Middlesbrough, UK231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Family
We came to enjoy this experience on the first full day of our trip to Bristol. The staff are all friendly and eager to chat, and answer questions when they can, the dry dock is pretty spectacular, you get a good look at the underside of the ship and it's the dock itself is a marvel of Victorian age. Onboard the ship is incredible, some parts so luxurious and roomy like the banquet hall, other parts like the steerage lodgings much less so. We also enjoyed the brunel museum, very informative and well presented. I especially enjoyed the massive bust of his face you get confronted with when you round the corner
Written 14 July 2024
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Jo B
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Friends
We visited on a Tuesday morning. Cafe very expensive, avoided and went elsewhere (Brunels Buttery). The staff at the entrance were very friendly and helpful. The ship itself was fascinating and very interesting. Did have to avoid a couple of groups of school children but wasn't a major issue. A very eye opening experience. Would recommend. We spent around 1 hour on the ship and around 1 hour in the museum and dry dock. Fairly expensive but was a very enjoyable outing. Gift shop was very expensive.
Written 11 July 2024
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Suzanne S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Excellent value for money. Great that tickets last for a year as you definitely need to go a 2nd time to see everything. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Written 10 July 2024
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123linny
Portsmouth, UK295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Couples
I have a disability but the majority of it is accessible. One of the lifts was not working but provision was made to assist.
Very interesting and enjoyed it all.
Written 6 July 2024
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Gary L
Aylesbury Vale, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Amazing. They have invested so much care and money into this experience and it shows.
There are so many staff around who are desperate to show the venue off and explain facts and figures of the ship's history. That enthusiasm is really contagious.
I struggle to think of another attraction that is anywhere near as well done.
The ship has been restored to give you a very clear picture of what it was like at various stages of its near 200 year history. You could easily spend a whole day there.
Surrounding the ship are various related museums that are equally as well thought-out and executed.

A real must-see and great value.

Also your ticket allows repeat visits for a year. I will definitely be back.
Written 29 June 2024
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Thank you for the 5-stars and lovely review! We’re so pleased you enjoyed your day out and had a great time! Hope to see you on board again soon. 🎩
Written 1 July 2024
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Bridget S
West Sussex, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Such an interesting place. The dry dock is fascinating and really shows the history of the dock and the ship. The museum was far more than just a load of old artifacts! The story of Brunel was very well told and the restoration of the ship is incredible. As two engineers we learned a lot!
Written 28 June 2024
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Thank you for the 5-stars and lovely review! We’re so pleased you enjoyed your day out and had a great time! Hope to see you on board again soon. 🎩
Written 1 July 2024
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BethAnn H
La Quinta, CA218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
Absorbing, fascinating experience about engineering genius Brunel, his wide-ranging engineering feats, and his ground-breaking SS Great Britain. This is a masterful museum experience with too many highlights to mention. I was there almost 5 hours and I could have stayed longer because the staff members provide extemporaneous talks as well as scheduled ones. The ship itself is multi-experience with museums within. There are two other museums that are separate. Even if you think you would not “like” this—it is not to be missed!
Written 26 June 2024
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Thank you for the 5-stars and lovely review! We’re so pleased you enjoyed your day out and had a great time! Hope to see you on board again soon. 🎩
Written 1 July 2024
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permia
Ireland63,157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Another Brunel masterpiece in the sense of pioneering seaworthiness and scale of ambition in its design and sailing.

It was a fascinating and memorable visit, with a captivating history both of the great engineer himself and of course his great ship.
Written 22 June 2024
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Thank you for the 5-stars and lovely review! We’re so pleased you enjoyed your day out and had a great time! Hope to see you on board again soon. 🎩
Written 1 July 2024
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Little Jenny
London, UK542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
We spent a few hours here. The whole place is excellent. There is lots of see including the amazing ship and a Brunel museum. There is a lot of information about the various uses and history of the ship and its return to the UK. Lots of it is accessible too. I really can't recommend this museum enough. The tickets are valid for a year so I hope to return. The gift shop is great too.
Written 17 June 2024
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Thank you for the 5-stars and lovely review! We’re so pleased you enjoyed your day out and had a great time! Hope to see you on board again soon. 🎩
Written 18 June 2024
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Europeaddict
San Diego, CA250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
I was probably naïve, but I thought I was just going to look at a really old ship. That was the first luxury cruise ship in the world built in the 1800s. Silly me. This experience is much more than that. They have spent a lot of time and money making sure that you fully get an experience of what it was like on this luxury cruise ship for that time. Then there is the incredibly wonderful interactive museum that explains the passion and the intelligence And the phenomenal persistence of a man way ahead of his time. The docents on board quite knowledgeable and give you lots of information regarding the man and the ship and his other inventions. In addition to ship and the museums there is also the opportunity to look at the hull. from the below. Don’t miss that standing there looking up at that hull is amazing. The SS Great Britain has had many many lives, including being almost doomed and being brought back to life. It is a fascinating story and a great day out, and I encourage people to go check it out.
Written 15 June 2024
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Thank you for the 5-stars and lovely review! We’re so pleased you enjoyed your day out and had a great time! Hope to see you on board again soon. 🎩
Written 17 June 2024
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