Things to do at Brunel’s SS Great Britain review
Named as Bristol’s number one visitor attraction, the SS Great Britain is a mighty sight on the River Avon docked in the harbour.
A proud part of Bristol’s heritage, a dedicated Wallace and Gromit statue is located near the entrance, that was uncovered during the 2019 Gromit Unleashed Trail. In fact, the Aardman studios are very close by.
The attraction begins in the dockyard that’s been in place since 1839, but you’ll first head underground to the stern of the ship to view the replica of the screw propeller – at its time it was a true feat of engineering.
Next, a visit to the interactive dockyard museum will uncover maritime history. Visitors are encouraged to pick up a free boarding card and follow the journey of one of the 36 characters through facts, records and personal diaries. Those wanting to fully embrace their character can try on historic costumes.
Then it’s time to step foot onto the ship with seven areas to explore onboard; the weather deck, promenade deck, dining saloon, steerage, galley, stores and baker, forward hold and the engine. The decking affords fantastic views of the colourful Cliftonwood and surrounding areas, and adrenaline junkies can Go Aloft! by climbing the rigging to over 25 metres above ground level (additional tickets required).
With your feet firmly back on the ground, the new Being Brunel museum explores the life of Isambard Brunel whom you may spot walking around greeting guests.
Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.
IFAQ and Further Information Brunel’s SS Great Britain
Is there food and drink available?
Harbourside Kitchen is located alongside Brunel’s SS Great Britain and offers superb views on to the ship as well as across Bristol’s historic floating harbour. You can enjoy delicious light meals, snacks and drinks throughout the day
What are the main things to do?
Historical ship you can explore, interactive dockyard museum, you can even climb the rigging. Toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*Higher priced – but good value
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher priced. An adult ticket is £18 and £10 for a child aged 5-16. Under 5’s are free and other pricing options are available. Once you have purchased your tickets you can then return for free for the rest of the year as much as you please.
Is there parking?
There is a pay and display next to it run by the council – discounted rated for visitors.
When are they open?
Brunel’s SS Great Britain is open most school holidays and Thursday to Sunday for most of the rest of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Only assistance dogs are permitted.
Are they accessible?
This is a guest post with thanks to Charlotte from The Millennial Runaway
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