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Reasons to visit in 2017

Brunel's ss Great Britain


Brunel’s ss Great Britain has enjoyed over 170 years of adventure, travelled a million miles at sea and has been around the world 32 times. Now boarding for a voyage of discovery, here are the top seven reasons you should visit Brunel’s engineering masterpiece in 2017:

Don’t miss Bristol’s ‘stinkiest’ attraction; explore our third-class Steerage experience

For those brave enough to explore the gruesome side of Victorian history become a third-class passenger, head to Steerage and be prepared to inhale dirty laundry and stale ale as we take all your sense back in time!

Celebrate the Ashes series. Discover how the 1861 ‘All England Cricket Team’ travelled to Australia in style on the ss Great Britain

As England and Australia go head-to-head to contest the famous urn, join us in the autumn and discover more about the ss Great Britain’s key role in sporting history – carrying the first ‘All England’ Cricket Team to Australia in 1861; – with incredible artefacts from famous cricketing legends.

Get the most out of your annual pass

Enjoy 12 incredible months exploring the Dry Dock, visiting the Brunel Institute or wandering down below deck and never miss a thing at ‘Bristol’s No.1 Attraction.’

Sample baked-on-board cakes and scones

The Dockyard Café offers superb views of the harbour and Brandon Hill. A new menu for 2017 includes fresh scones and Victorian cakes, baked-on-board, providing plenty of options from an affordable cream tea to a lavish afternoon spread.

Prepare for a lively Victorian summer

Keep your eyes peeled for our authentic Victorian circus on the dockside and discover the most colourful and dramatic 19th century entertainment this summer.

Make 2017 a year for inspirational books and literature

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day. Delve deep into Victorian stories from the vault and explore some of the 4,500 maritime books in our collection. During 2017, we will also be unearthing poetry, diaries and novels written by passengers.

Treat mum to a sumptuous afternoon tea

Spoil mum this Mother’s Day with a luxury afternoon tea complete with home-made treats, baked-on-board the ship, and lashings of Prosecco in our opulent First Class Dining Saloon.