Launched in 1843, today the SS Great Britain is one of Bristol's most popular tourist attractions and a fitting monument to the city's maritime heritage.
Spending a day onboard
Upon visiting the SS Great Britain, guest will have a great opportunity to learn more about the history of the first ironclad steamer to cross the Atlantic Ocean and help propel nautical technology forward. There is so much to see and do at Brunel's SS Great Britain in Bristol including taking an actual walk aboard one of the most storied and famed ships in nautical history.
Archive in Five at the Brunel Institute
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and first two Saturdays of each month between 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm, guests can enjoy a free introduction to rare and original artifacts and ship diaries, that reveal incredible stories from the past, as presented by one of the SS Great Britain's professional ship curators.
Flash, Bang, Wallop! at the Dockyard Museum
As a part of the admission's packet, guests will experience a sort of trip back in time and around the world in the Melbourne photographic studio. Dressed in stovepipe hats, bonnets and crinolines, these Victorian-style pictures are a great souvenir of your visit.
Discovery Talks aboard Brunel's SS Great Britain
Find out what life was like onboard the SS Great Britain for passengers and crew, with volunteer led talks. Discover what the Victorians did for work and play; find out about the tasks they performed, what living conditions were and what they did with their free time.
Could you have sailed the seven seas?
Step into the shoes of a Victorian sailor and climb the huge mainmast of the SS Great Britain. Although you will have the benefit of a being strapped into a harness, be prepared to take on the challenge of ascending the rigging to a viewing platform over 25-meters above ground level. When you get to the top of the mast, the more adventurous swashbuckler in you will consider stepping out even further, nine-meters out across the ship below will add another element to your adventure.
Creative wedding & venue spaces
Those in search of a one-of-a-kind venue to celebrate a new union or host a special event, look no further than the SS Great Britain. The beautifully restored ship sits at the heart of Bristol's harborside, and offers some of the most spectacular views in the region. With versatile spaces both above and below deck, Brunel's SS Great Britain is the perfect place to gather with friends, families or colleagues.