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SS Great Britain is a museum ship and former passenger steamship, which was advanced for her time. She was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854. She was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company's transatlantic service between Bristol and New York. While other ships had been built of iron or equipped with a screw propeller, Great Britain was the first to combine these features in a large ocean-going ship. She was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic, which she did in 1845, in the time of 14 days.
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Beautiful ship and fascinating museum. Very visitor friendly. Tickets valid for a year so we've already been back. We look forward to another visit in the Spring, so much to see. Dockyard Cafe also recommended. You can pop out for lunch, then back to the ship. Very convenient car park.
We had a fabulous family day out at SS Great Britain and the Being Brunel museum. It was very child friendly and we were surprised by how much there was to explore. We were here for about 4 hours and could easily have stayed longer. There was so much to look at and it was very educational. The children thoroughly enjoyed their day out. The SS great Britain was also accessible by pushchair, which made it great for my toddler too. We also enjoyed tea and cake in the cafe and couldn't fault it. The service was great. The gift shop is delightful too, with all kinds of souvenirs on offer.
This was great value for money to view work of a real hero of his time. It's impossible to really get it into full perspective as all the great man's work was done without the aid of a computer and the assistance of other examples around him. The actual exhibition was first class with everything taken into consideration for adults and children alike. There was plenty of interaction for children as they often become bored at museums and exhibitions as they find reading uninteresting, however the designer of this exhibition ensured there is enough to keep them interested (along with the adults) throughout.
SS Great Britain is a great and unique "museum". Since the opening the museum has so much evolved! Now you can go inside the boat and see how it was as if you were a passenger. You can go on each deck and even under to admire the boat's hull! I really enjoyed my time there. I passed nearly 3 hours watching, reading and listening to the stories told by passionate employees. And I would have needed more time there. If you come to Bristol, you have to take a look at this wonderful place. The dockyard is also a nice place to have a walk and see giant cranes and other dock stuff. Wonderful!
Really interesting historically significant monument. We didn't have time to take everything in but as return visits within the year are included, this wasn't a problem. We explored mainly on the ship, much of which has been restored and refitted as it would have been and it was fascinating. A live pianist and the moving engine parts added to the realism, whilst being able to view the ship from the dry dock have it a unique perspective. A great family visit.
Really enjoyable half-day out. Not a stuffy museum where kids (and big kids) aren't allowed to touch anything, you can pretty much go anywhere in and around the ship, including underneath it, nobody "tutting" at you or herding you from one place to another. Enthusiastic staff and volunteers, a relaxed and very well thought out experience and ticket works as an annual pass. Also in a nice, lively part of Bristol lots of boat trips etc from just outside the museum, there are places to sit and eat a packed lunch riverside or an excellent cafe on site. I wish more museums were like this
far exceeded my expectations! the visit is really interesting also if you don't have a specific interest in maritime or engineer history. if you have though, this it's really an amazing source of information! from the iron riveting techniques to the propeller first tests. And of course the specially designed steam engine. also my daughter, 3 years old, enjoyed the visit with the farm animal on the bridge, the reconstruction of first and second class cabins etc. the cafe was also nice and with a tasty selection. finally the museum was informative on the whole IKB career and inventions.
Really fun and informative visit. Can't believe I've lived in and around Bristol for nearly 20 years and hadn't been before. Fully accessible with lifts and stairs throughout now, don't forget to get the kids scrubbing the deck! Layout of the ship is a little confusing so I'd ask for a couple of maps but the boarding pass game (kind of a treasure hunt) is great fun. Unfortunately that the boarding pass scanner computers didn't seem to be working well when we went (or maybe need a little more instruction?). Highly recommended and your ticket lasts a whole year too!
Absolutely excellent for the low entry cost. A well polished informative journey. Am now fully versed in all things Brunel. Had a great day exploring the vessel and everyone of all ages seemed to be fully enjoying it. Excellent staff and real passion for the subject make this a must visit if your in Bristol. Top tip... Take the River bus to make the visit even more fun.
It looked a bit expensive at £16.50 per adult, but reading earlier reviews they said it was worth it and it was. Great museum and really interesting tour "under the waves" to see the unrestored hull. Then onto the ship itself, the price would have been worth it for this alone. Loved the cabins and the smells added to the realism - fresh bread in the bakery not to mention the animal hold. The ticket also gave you unlimited free entry for the rest of the year. The cafe was also very good and we had lunch before continuing on our visit to Bristol. Would certainly recommend.
Outstanding! So much to see and do, it can either be crammed into a single visit or come back for several - which I'll do. So much information on the ship is posted on the walls which can be browsed whilst queuing, and the activities on board including climbing the rigging are brilliant. The working ship's engine is unmissable! The refurbishment of the ship and the reassembly of the stateroom, kitchens and cabins is a credit to those involved. Brilliant!
What an amazing place! They have truly brought it back to life. Totally unexpected.... Absolutely worth a visit and give yourself at the very least 1.5 hours... Also don't forget to give in your car park ticket from the neighbouring car park for a partial refund. We did struggle to get a space but persevere!
Really interesting historically significant monument. We didn't have time to take everything in but as return visits within the year are included, this wasn't a problem. We discussed mainly on the ship, much of which has been restored and refitted as it would have been and it was fascinating. A live pianist and the moving engine parts added to the realism, whilst being able to view the ship from the dry dock have it a unique perspective. A great family visit.
Important piece of history, not just for Bristol but maritime history too. The museum was quiet when I visited, and parking easy and cheap on-site. The cost is rather high which may put you off (approx £15 per adult) but actually represents good value, in addition to the ticket allowing unlimited visits within a year, there is a lot to see and interact with around the ship and it's seperate museums. You can walk underneath the ship, as well as access all of it including the decks and impressive dining rooms (which can be hired out!). The place is well maintained, clean and safe, and the gift shop has surprisingly good prices for a museum shop, and some interesting things to buy. Overall a solid half days worth of content, the years membership included in the ticket price is a bit questionable as I can't see much value in returning within a year as they don't appear to have many rotating exhibits - a lower price for a one off visit would be welcome, especially for one-off visitors to Bristol.
Brilliant day out, fun for all and lively welcoming staff.. Good range of activities to keep kids busy. The museum in very interesting and we liked being able to explore all the aspects of the boat. Lovely cafe. Good value for money ad you get a free return year ticket x
Easy to find and parking was reasonably priced very near. Excellent attraction, and seeing the preservation of the underside was intriguing.. loads to see and learn, spent a few hours looking around. Staff are on hand in period costume to interact with, and there are also guides to ask questions of. Cafe on site reasonably priced. All in all, good attraction..!
It looked a bit expensive at £16.50 per adult, but reading earlier reviews they said it was worth it and it was. Great museum and really interesting tour "under the waves" to see the unrestored hull. Then onto the ship itself , the price would have been worth it for this alone. Loved the cabins and the smells added to the realism - fresh bread in the bakery not to mention the animal hold. The ticket also gave you unlimited free entry for the rest of the year. The cafe was also very good and we had lunch before continuing on our visit to Bristol
I visited with a school group (Y5) and we had an excellent time. Our Guide, a lovely gentleman called Edward, was wonderful. He was so passionate about the boat and her history, and, as he took us all around the boat, he kept the children engaged from start to finish. We also had a space to lock up bags and packed lunches when we arrived, then returned to them at lunchtime to use picnic tables (outdoor, but sheltered & under patio heaters). After lunch we had a well thought out and engaging workshop and a free goodie bag for the class to take back to school. An excellent day all round, highly recommended! I definitely recommend doing the boat tour first, then a quick look around the museum, then lunch, then finally the workshop, when the children are ready to sit down for a bit. Last year we did the museum first, but the children were just itching to get on board, and didn't take much in. If you do the boat tour first, the museum will be a lot more meaningful for the children.
Much better than seeing it on the telly. Absolutely excellent site for this piece of maritime history. Very easy to get to. If you don't know Bristol it's signposted prominently all the way from the M5 to the ship itself. Nice staff, a lot of good information and access to most of the ship itself inside and out. A very worthwhile place to visit.