Brunel’s SS Great Britain,
Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, BS1 6TY
In 1970 the SS Great Britain returned to the original Great Western Dockyard where she had been built. It is here you will find her, sitting in the heart of a multi award-winning attraction in Bristol’s historic harbour.
Brunel’s SS Great Britain is within walking distance from Bristol city centre (approximately 20 minutes) and Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station (approximately 30 minutes).
Cycle racks can be found between the car park and entrance to the ship.
Bicycles may be hired from Blackboy Cycles, 180 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2XU. Phone 0117 973 1420
Trains come to Bristol Temple Meads which is a 30 minute walk or short ferry or bus ride.
What better way to arrive than on the water!
Runs between Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Capricorn Quay and the new harbour inlet.
Monday to Friday 7.30am to 6.15pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 10.30am to 5.30pm (April to October), and to 4:40pm (October to April)
Each one-way journey costs 90p. Children under five travel for free. A monthly commuter ticket costs £14.
The ferry can accommodate bicycles, pushchairs and some wheelchairs with an assistant.
Number Seven Boat Trips Ltd & Bristol Ferry Boats
Timetabled ferries run to and from Brunel’s SS Great Britain seven days a week all year round.
Ferries run every hour between April and October.
You can catch the ferry from Temple Meads Railway Station and also en-route to Brunel’s SS Great Britain at:
- Castle Park (near Broadmead and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre).
- Princes Street Bridge (by the Arnolfini). Request stop only.
Ferries run every 40 minutes from Hotwells and at:
- The Mardyke Pub
- The Pump House pub and restaurant (off Hotwells Road).
- The Nova Scotia Hotel (off Cumberland Basin).
- The Cottage pub (off Cumberland Road).
- City Centre (Cascade Steps).
Wessex Connect 506 runs from Temple Meads to Brunel’s SS Great Britain (direction ‘Create Centre’); and from SS Great Britain to Temple Meads Railway Station (direction ‘Southmead Hospital’).
Please note that the Brunel’s SS Great Britain stop is called ‘Harbour, Maritime Museum’. The Wessex Connect website has more details and a timetable.
First also runs bus services 357, 358, 359. Take these to the Hotwell Road stop and use the Cross-Harbour Ferry. Hotwell Road is also served by the A4 Portway Park & Ride 902 service.
Bristol Insight open-top bus tours operate between February and December and can be picked up from Bristol Temple Meads station and other key locations around the city centre. The Bristol Insight website has more information and a map.
Follow the white anchor symbol on the brown tourist signs for SS Great Britain.
Next to Brunel's SS Great Britain
A car park, run by Bristol City Council is situated next to Brunel's SS Great Britain on Gas Ferry Road.
There are four spaces for blue badge holders.
Alternative car parks
Alternative car parking can be found in surrounding residential streets. Sydney Row, and the Albion Dockside Estate to the north of this are good places to start looking.
Nearby, a large (524 spaces) ATB-operated car park is only a short walk and ferry ride away. See the Travel Bristol website above for details on how to get to the Millennium Square Car Park.
Park & Ride
Bristol has three Park and Ride car parks located at:
- A4 Portway (902 service stopping at Hotwells and Merchants Road)
- A4 Bath Road (904 service stopping at Broad Quay)
- A370 Long Ashton (903 service stopping at Hotwells and Merchants Road)
Park and Ride is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Please check with the operator before travelling.