Climb aboard the most extraordinary time machine. Brunel's SS Great Britain, the world's first great ocean liner, is Bristol's number one attraction.
Designed by Isambard Brunel, the SS Great Britain was the world's longest passenger ship from 1845 to 1854. The SS Great Britain was the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean and operated a transatlantic service between Bristol and New York. Today, the ship has been restored as a Victorian ship, with examples of what the ship would have looked like in the past.
Located on Spike Island, Brunel's SS Great Britain is a key attraction in the city. This extensive museum tells the story of the ship, the first metal steamer to carry passengers across the Atlantic, and the various transformations it has undergone over time. It is both a museum and an attraction, taking visitors of all ages on a journey to discover the secrets of the SS Great Britain. The lower decks, with their cabins and passenger living areas, are brought back to life in the Victorian era through reconstructions and staging using wax statues. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours and includes a tour of the ship, both inside and out, in the museum.
Rescued from rust and wreck in 1970, and since lovingly restored to her Victorian heyday, the tour will take you back in time to explore the magnificent stories of this exceptional liner.