Brunel's SS Great Britain

In a nutshell

Enjoy a day out in Bristol exploring the world's first great ocean liner and finding out what life was like on board. Various trails and kids activities.


Great Western Dockyard, Bristol, BS1 6TY

Contact details

Tel: 0117 926 0680

Activity type

Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities, Trips and Transport

Suitable for

All ages, Schools and Groups

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

Brunel's SS Great Britain details...

Include Brunel’s SS Great Britain in your list of places to take the kids in Bristol. The whole family will have a great time discovering Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s iconic ship, learning what life was like on board and finding out about Brunel himself.

Whatever the weather, it’s a fantastic day out packed with kids activities. Meet passengers and crew from around the world on the Global Traveller Trail and hear, see and smell what life was like for Victorian passengers and crew on board the world’s first great ocean liner.

Visitors can also descend beneath the ’glass sea’ into the Dry Dock and walk around the hull of the SS Great Britain to see the screw propeller, responsible for making the ship one of the most innovative in the world. Have a go at the Full Steam Ahead game and try designing your own ship.

Explore the Being Brunel museum to learn more about the life and legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the greatest engineers of the 19th century.

Have a look at the website to see what’s on when you plan to visit. At certain times there is even the opportunity for thrill-seekers to climb the rigging! Restrictions and extra charges apply for this activity.

Please see the website of Brunel’s SS Great Britain to find out more and buy tickets in advance.

Brunel's SS Great Britain Events

Summer Holidays at Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Open 20th July 2024 - 1st September 2024

Become Brunel's Apprentice, enjoy brick building and follow the Botany Sticker Trail at SS Great Britain in Bristol during the school summer holidays.

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