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Brunel's SS Great Britain is currently closed in line with Bristol's Tier 3 restrictions until at least Wednesday 16 December.

However, for a small suggested donation of £3 per household group, the Great Western Dockyard will be open from Thursday 3 December (Thursdays to Sundays 10am - 4pm) for you to stroll and take in the spectacle of Brunel's Iron Ship from the outside.

Our Harbourside Kiosk will serve takeaway hot and cold snacks during these times and our shop will be open, which is full of unique gift ideas. You might even spot Mr. Brunel! You can also visit our online shop.

We hope we may be able to open daily during the Christmas school holidays (26 December - 3 January) however this will be subject to government restrictions changing. Tickets and timeslots can be booked in advance. Gift tickets are also available.

We are a charity that is privileged to look after the SS Great Britain and Brunel’s legacy, please consider supporting us during this time. Thank you for your patience and support.

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