Brunel's SS Great Britain

“A very enjoyable visit and obviously popular with visiting families.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Bristol, Bristol

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Explore the decks and cabins of the SS Great Britain and savour the sights, sounds and smells of life aboard the world’s first great ocean liner. Head below ground into the historic Dry Dock. Visit the Dockyard Museum to discover the ship’s incredible history. And don’t miss Being Brunel – the new museum about Isambard Kingdom Brunel where you can step into his office and family dining room.

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Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
Brunel's SS Great Britain
Great Western Dockyard, BRISTOL, BS1 6TY


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Access ramps all over site
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open Tuesdays to Sundays, closed Mondays (except school holidays and bank holidays). November to March 10-4.30, April to October 10-6.00

About the area

Discover Bristol

The Anglo-Saxon settlement at Bristol grew up around the bridge and harbour on the River Avon. With access to the sea, it increased in importance. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose London—Bristol railway line terminated in his gothic-style station of Temple Meads, had long been involved with Bristol. He had remodelled the docks in 1830, and six years later designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the 250-foot (76m) deep Avon Gorge.

During the bombing raids of World War II many churches and historic houses were lost. Fortunately, the finest parish church in England, St Mary Redcliffe, with its 292-foot (89m) spire, survived, although traffic now swirls all around it. Bristol Cathedral was founded as an Augustinian abbey in the 1140s and became a cathedral in1542. The Norman chapter house is particularly fine. There is almost too much to see in Bristol: other gems include Wills Tower, John Wood’s Corn Exchange, the Coopers’ Hall by William Halfpenny, the Grotto at Goldney House in Clifton, the long south façade of Ashton Court, and the Christmas Steps (off the beginning of Park Road).

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