museums and attractions

Transport / Maritime

Brunel’s ss Great Britain


Discover the ship that changed the world. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend under water below the glass ‘sea’ to touch the world’s first great ocean liner. This iconic steam ship, and national treasure, was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and lies at the heart of a multi award-winning visitor attraction. New for 2018, Being Brunel explores the life and legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It brings together for the first time the world's most significant collection of one of engineering's greatest minds.


  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access


The ss Great Britain Trust


Great Western Dockyard Gas Ferry Road Bristol Bristol BS1 6TY

  • 0117 926 0680
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Open days

Daily 1000-1730 (1630 in winter), last entry one hour earlier. (Closed 24-25 Dec & 14 Jan.)


By Bus: 506

By Rail: Bristol Temple Meads / 1.5 miles

Brunel was one of the greatest engineers of the 1800s. He built bridges, tunnels, ships and railways that were longer, faster and bigger than anything seen before. Brunel was also an innovator, a leader, a dreamer and an artist. He was extraordinary, but he was also human. He had many faults and failures, but he never gave up. This is the Brunel you will meet when visiting Being Brunel.


Sat 8th - Sun 9th Dec 2018: Victorian Christmas Weekend

Step back in time as Brunel’s SS Great Britain is transformed into a Dickensian, winter scene complete with a beautifully decorated dockyard, Victorian…

Maritime / Christmas Fayre

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