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BRUNEL'S SS GREAT BRITAIN

BRUNEL'S SS GREAT BRITAIN

Take a virtual tour of Brunel’s SS Great Britain; look around the ship, below the Glass Sea and up the rigging with Go Aloft! Click on the numbers to reveal videos, audio clips and photos to get a taste of the most extraordinary time machine.
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GO ALOFT

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  • Reopens Saturday 1 April 2017. Step into the shoes of a Victorian sailor and climb the rigging for a unique and breathtaking view of Bristol; 27 metres above the ground.

  • Buy Go Aloft! tickets on the Weather Deck, where Costumed Volunteers will tell you about the rigging and the Victorian sailors who climbed it.

  • Find out more about the original rigging and sails by clicking on the 'Ship's Rigging' section.

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HORSE & GIG

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  • Step back in time with this new addition to the Great Western Dockyard.

  • Climb onto the Horse & Gig to complete a classic Victorian scene; perfect for alternative holiday snaps and selfies!

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DOCKYARD CAFE BAR

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  • Enjoy beautiful views and scrumptious refreshments in the Dockyard Cafe Bar, whilst boat-watching in Bristol's Floating Harbour.

  • All food is freshly prepared by the passionate Dockyard Cafe Bar team; including soups, paninis, sandwiches and daily specials. We have a brand new children’s menu, lunch boxes and highchairs.

  • The delicious cakes, which are baked on board the ship in a modern galley, are inspired by the many adventures of the ss Great Britain.

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VISITOR CENTRE

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  • The Visitor Centre and Gift Shop are packed to the gunwales with maritime and vintage gifts, sweets and Go Aloft! mementoes.

  • Love books? From illustrated pop-ups to detailed reference, the Gift Shop is full of page-turners for kids and enthusiasts alike.

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BRUNEL INSTITUTE

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  • Visit the Brunel Institute and David MacGregor Library; one of the world's most important maritime archives.

  • Get exceptional access to original and rare artefacts from the vault and learn their stories in the curator-led 'Archive in Five' sessions.

  • Find out how the collections in the Brunel Institute are cared-for and preserved, with fascinating insights, in 'Conservation in Action'.

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DRY DOCK

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  • Explore the ship's hull in the Dry Dock, beneath the Glass Sea, where Brunel originally built the ss Great Britain in 1843.

  • Play Full Steam Ahead on one of the iPads in the Dry Dock. Test your mettle as a shipbuilder in the shadow of the ss Great Britain's revolutionary hull.

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VICTORIAN PISSOIR

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  • Eavesdrop on history while Victorian dockworkers 'spend a penny' in the cheeky, 130 year old Victorian Pissoir.

  • The sounds that you can hear coming form the Pissoir were recorded by a couple of visitor services volunteers; Peter and Eddie. Although we didn't actually record them going to the toilet!

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FIRST CLASS DINING SALOON

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  • Overhear Victorian conversations in the First Class Dining Saloon; inspired by true accounts and stories from passenger diaries.

  • Meander through the various stages of dinner, from starter to pudding, as guests partake in a spot of gossiping and gambling.

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VEE ENGINE

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  • The ship's beating heart; a magnificent working replica of the 1000-horsepower 'Vee' engine.

  • This is a full-scale working replica, but has been made out of lightweight materials.

  • In 1843, the engine would have turned at 18rpm!

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DOCKYARD MUSEUM

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  • Follow the ss Great Britain's incredible story backwards through time, from her salvage in 1970 to her spectacular launch in 1843.

  • Try your hand at taking the helm of a ship, raising the rudder and sounding the Great Eastern steam whistle with interactive displays.

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FLASH BANG WALLOP

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  • Dress up in stovepipe hats, bonnets and even monkey jackets, and get your photograph taken Victorian style in Flash, Bang, Wallop!

  • Be sure to share your Victorian selfies with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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BELOW DECK

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  • Go below deck of the ss Great Britain as she is brought vividly to life with sights, sounds and even smells of the era.

  • Imagine what life was like for the ss Great Britain's crew, and find out which job you might have done, with the family activity wheel: 'Crew do you think you are?'