Brunel's ss Great Britain

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Brunel's ss Great Britain

Immersive and intricately reconstructed historical ship – without a doubt one of the best attractions in Bristol

Even from outside, the ss Great Britain is impressive, but an official visit is well worth the ticket price. No matter your age, it’s impossible not to be delighted by the reconstruction of this ship. From the dry dock with its glass ‘sea’, to the engine room, it’s an immersive experience that brings the era of the steam ship to life.  

Walking around the ship’s hull is fascinating. Water flows over the air-sealed glass ceiling above your head, and huge dehumidifiers protect the old iron ship from corrosion. The museum itself is fun and informative, but the ship – obviously – is the star of the show.

The restoration of the ss Great Britain has been done brilliantly; there are details everywhere, from soundscapes to the scent of baking bread in the kitchens. Best of all, you can witness the noise and the huge, moving pistons of the engine room.

With storytellers in period dress, workshops on conservation and even a chance to climb the rigging in the warmer months, there really is no excuse not to visit this outstanding achievement in historical preservation. It’s not the cheapest museum in town, but once you’ve paid, tickets are good for a whole year.

By: Laura Hounsom


Venue name: Brunel's ss Great Britain
Address: Great Western Dockyard
Opening hours: Summer: Daily 10am-5.30pm. Winter: Daily 10am-4.30pm.
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