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Brunel's SS Great Britain
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Ranked #2 of 237 things to do in Bristol
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Really interesting exhibition. The ship has been restored in parts to enable you to see what life aboard would have been like for the different classes. Loads of history and information about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the life of the ship.

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Hello Thorny61, thanks for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your day here at Brunel's SS Great Britain. We hope to see you again soon with your ticket that includes unlimited return visits for a year. Kind regards

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

I felt the same sense of pride in Britain's maritime heritage here as when visiting HMS Victory in Portsmouth. This ship is important because it was the first of its kind; the largest ship in the world when she was built, she made passenger journeys to New York and Australia feasible and "relatively" comfortable. Making the hull of iron and using a propeller as the form of propulsion were Brunel's two great innovations. She has had a chequered history, and when her days as a cruise liner were over her coal-fired engines were taken out to make space for cargo. She eventually found her way back to Bristol, and now rests in the dry dock where she was actually contstructed. It is an interesting start to the visit to go down "below water" into the dry dock to see the hull of this great vessel. Inside, what strikes the visitor on the three decks one can visit is how rigidly the Victorian rules about class were applied; "Only First Class Passengers past this point". In all classes the bunks were small by today's standards, but 1st class was clearly the better place to be. We arrived at about 4.30 in the afternoon during the Easter holidays and there were surprisingly few people about, or indeed guides. However, most of it was self-explanatory. Useful aids were the card that you can have embossed at various points of the visit, and the boarding card you can take to pretend you are one of the passengers. I was the brother of WG Grace, one of the England party travelling to Austraila for a Test Series. You can try to locate your passenger's bunk and trunk. Unfortunately we did not have time to visit the museum which comes with the entrance price for the ticket, but as the ticket is valid for one year, we can visit again next time we are in Bristol.

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SSGreatBritain, Marketing Assistant at Brunel's SS Great Britain, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Hello Michael, thanks for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your experience here at Brunel's SS Great Britain. Thanks for your feedback, we hope to welcome you back soon to explore our new museum, Being Brunel. Kind regards

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Just brilliant, really enjoyed the day looking around the ship. Overall a nice day out and very interesting to see the first iron ship ever made.

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Hello pembrokeshire1, thanks for taking the time to review us. We are glad you had a nice day out here at Brunel's SS Great Britain and hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Pretty realistic on board with cabins to look in and authentic smells that unfortunately seem to stay with you. Nice family afternoon out.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Great day out. Fascinating to walk around the boat and read about its history and restoration. The newly opened museum next door gave a great insight into Brunel too

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SSGreatBritain, Marketing Assistant at Brunel's SS Great Britain, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Hello bennybaggins, thanks for taking the time to review us, we are glad you enjoyed your day and our new museum, Being Brunel. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards

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