Fondly remembered as “the greatest experiment since the Creation”, Brunel’s SS Great Britain is a ship that changed the world. Combining size, power and innovative technology, it is undoubtedly one of the most important historic vessels in the world. This week, Quingo Scooters are visiting the “great-great-grandmother” of all modern ships to discover the true stories behind it.
Voted ‘Best Heritage Venue’ by the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, this passenger steamship museum has been beautifully restored to immerse its visitors in its story. Eamon McClelland, Past President of the Access Association, noted that “the Access Association has been impressed with the level of commitment given to resolving issues within this historic dockyard”.
A wonderful experience for the whole family, you’ll have no concerns navigating this ground-breaking attraction.
There is so much to see and do at Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Whether you want to head beneath the glass sea, take in the sights, sounds and smells, and board the ship itself. As well as these permanent exhibitions, there are many seasonal events on the packed schedule of activities that you’re sure to enjoy.
- Victorian Christmas Weekend (9-10 December): Brunel’s SS Great Britain is transported back in time to a Dickensian landscape. Complete with Victorian characters and falling snow, the exhibition transforms the dockyard. Whether you want to buy festive gifts or enjoy some seasonal treats, this immersive experience is perfect for this winter.
- Discovery Talk- Incredible Journey (28 November): included in the price of admission, this talk guides you through the SS Great Britain’s 84-year voyage back home. Follow the journey from its abandonment in a desolate cave in the Falklands to Bristol, rescued just in time.
- Flash, bang, wallop! (daily): Dress up in bonnets and crinolines to pose for a portrait in this Melbourne photographic studio. Travel back in time in Victorian clothes for a souvenir you can enjoy for years to come.
Opening Times and Entry Prices
Brunel’s Great Britain is open all year round, excluding 24-25 December and the second Monday in January. Opening times are seasonal and can be found here. Ticket prices vary, with companions and assistants receiving free entry. A full list of ticket prices can be found here.
Situated in Bristol’s historic Great Western Dockyard, SS Great Britain is easily accessible through all major transport. It is located 20 minutes away from Bristol city centre and 30 minutes away from Bristol Temple Meads train station. Ferries run every 40 minutes and make numerous stops around the harbour. If you are travelling by car, follow the white anchor symbol on the brown tourist signs. There is a car park located next to the attraction, which includes 4 blue badge spaces. More information can be found here.
The venue has impressed with its accessibility features. The Dry Dock, Dockyard Museum, Brunel Institute and the ship are fully accessible for scooter users. Any pathways that are cobblestone based have alternative routes provided. In addition to this, there are lifts throughout the exhibition and accessible toilets throughout. Full information about SS Great Britain’s accessibility can be found here.
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