Discover what it was like to travel aboard the world’s first great ocean liner, Brunel's SS Great Britain, launched in 1843 as the longest and largest vessel of its time. The ship was designed for service between Bristol and New York, and was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic. Today, this historic ship serves as a museum and an award-winning tourist attraction, with over 150,000 visitors every year. Stroll the decks, peep inside the luxury cabins of first-class passengers, walk through the busy kitchens, and go beneath the waterline to see the world’s oldest iron hull. Be sure to visit the Dockyard Museum to learn about the ship’s service as luxury liner, emigrant steam clipper, and sailing ship transporting coal to San Francisco. To visit Brunel's SS Great Britain on your holiday in Bristol, and find out what else Bristol has to offer, use our Bristol.
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Brunel's SS Great Britain reviews
Great experience. So much information and presented in a fun and interesting way. You need a whole day with lunch in between to really get the best out of it. So much to look at. Loved it.
Great experience. So much information and presented in a fun and interesting way. You need a whole day with lunch in between to really get the best out of it. So much to look at. Loved it. more »
Nice, well out together museum, exploring and effectively illustrating the ship's history, leading to the ship itself, which has been beautifully restored and shows a comprehensive depiction of live..... more
Nice, well out together museum, exploring and effectively illustrating the ship's history, leading to the ship itself, which has been beautifully restored and shows a comprehensive depiction of live..... more »
A fantastic floating museum (though, technically speaking, it is in dry Dock- few holes in the Hull , you know). Brilliant restoration that gave you a feeling of what it must have been like to travel to Australia in the 1800s. Certainly the size of the berths gave you a feeling for how much smaller people were then. The whole centre is worth a visit as the story of the SS Great Britain and how it came to return to Bristol is pretty incredible. You'll spend a good couple of hours there. And there's a little shop. Of course.
Really enjoyed my visit. The ship is amazing and there is plenty to see and do around on the dock. The whole dock itself has been made into a museum with a horse-drawn carriage, travellers' trunks, anchors etc. On the ship, visitors can look in the bowels of the ship to see the propeller and up on deck, where there are seats to enjoy the view. The ship is supposed to be disabled friendly, with ramps and lifts. However the lift wasn't working on the day we visited. There is a interesting shop and a museum. A cafe can be found near to the entrance with lovely fresh sandwiches, hot snacks and pastries. I would love to say it was an excellent facility, but we were totally ignored at the counter for quite some time before being served. There are plenty of toilets throughout. They are very clean and the best thing is that one can read poetry whilst sat on the throne!!! If I could recommend something, it would be clearer signposting. All in all however, it was a great attraction, with plenty to see and do. I would certainly return.
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