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Brunel's SS Great Britain, Bristol

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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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  • Booked this venue for a surprise 60th Birthday party serval weeks ago . Sent all the guests invites with menu as SS Great Britain required meal confirmation prior to finalising booking. Called the....  more
    Booked this venue for a surprise 60th Birthday party serval weeks ago . Sent all the guests invites with menu as SS Great Britain required meal confirmation prior to finalising booking. Called the....  more »
  • All four areas (dry dock, the museum, the ship itself and the Brunel museum) were very interesting. The ship itself has had major reconstruction work and the stages of this are fascinating. We... 
    All four areas (dry dock, the museum, the ship itself and the Brunel museum) were very interesting. The ship itself has had major reconstruction work and the stages of this are fascinating. We...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I was thoroughly impressed by this attraction! I thought it was going to be a boring tourist trap but the museum is laid out so well. You learn so much about the boat and it's history and it's all presented in an interesting and engaging way. I could have spent longer here to be honest! We barely got a chance to look at the other exhibits on the go. I would definitely come back here again if I were to visit Bristol again

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