Brunel's SS Great Britain in dockyard

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Voyage back in time at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the world’s first great ocean liner. As Bristol’s No.1 Visitor Attraction (TripAdvisor 2023) Brunel’s SS Great Britain offers an unforgettable day out for families, history fanatics and engineering enthusiasts alike.

Designed by famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the iconic steamship SS Great Britain is at the heart of this multi award-winning visitor attraction.

Step aboard the ship to explore the sights, smells and sounds of Victorian life at sea. Discover the SS Great Britain's incredible story and the man behind the design in two interactive museums and go ‘underwater’ for a unique view of the ship’s original iron hull in the Dry Dock.

There are also family activities scheduled throughout the year and special after-hours events.

NEW FOR 2024 Plants Crossing Continents! This year the crew at Brunel’s SS Great Britain are getting green fingered to dig up the fascinating history behind the global trade of plants across seas. They’ll be unearthing the stories behind the world’s first travelling terrariums, revealing an on-board botanist character, tracking down Victorian ‘plant hunters’ and much more. There’ll be family crafting, botanical themed workshops and a brand-new plant-based Discovery Talk set to take place throughout the year.


A choice of multimedia guides are included with ticket admission for French, German, Spanish and Mandarin speaking visitors.

A visitor leaflet is available in French, German, Spanish and Chinese, available from the front desk on arrival.


Bring your group to visit the world’s first great ocean liner - winner of more than 30 major tourism, heritage, conservation and access awards. Offering discounts of up to 25% on standard admission prices for pre-booked groups of 15 or more, Brunel's SS Great Britain also gives you the opportunity to add a private guided tour to your booking to hear about the stories and people behind this remarkable ship followed by a Group Lunch (subject to availability). If you're ready to plan your group visit, fill in the enquiry form or email


All areas accessible to wheelchair users
Facilities for hearing impaired visitors
Guide and assistance dogs permitted
Parking spaces for disabled visitors
Accessible toilets

Visual Story and Sensory Information Guides

Calm Sensory Sessions on selected dates

Brunel’s SS Great Britain is committed to giving the best experience possible to its visitors. View the full access guide from SS Great Britain ACCESS FOR ALL




  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Restaurant

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages

Key Features

  • Families
  • Film or TV location
  • In town/city centre
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On Bus Route

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Map & Directions

Guide Prices

Tickets are £22 for adults and £13.50 for children (4-16)

Concession include: Registered disabled (companion/assistant free entry), Universal Credit Recipients, Refugees, Nipper (3 and under free entry), Students. Appropriate and valid identification must be provided.

Substantial discounts are available to group visitors.

Children aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

One year of FREE return visits with your annual ticket!


  • Why visit Brunel's SS Great Britain? - Bristol's best loved attraction

Brunel's SS Great Britain

Type:Historic Ship

Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, BS1 6TY
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Tel+44 (0) 117 926 0680

Opening Times

March - October (1 Mar 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank HolidayOpen
Season (1 Oct 2024 - 31 Mar 2025)
Tuesday - SundayOpen
Bank HolidayOpen

* Open Monday during school holidays and on Bank Holidays
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