Family Day Out

Enjoy a packed day for the whole family. Immerse yourself amongst the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian voyage aboard the world’s first great ocean liner. Meet costumed characters, check out 42 authentic cabins and saloons, and be sure to try out the bunks for size.

Get up close to the awe-inspiring hull in a 360° walk around the SS Great Britain’s original dry dock where she was built. Wander through the historic 1800s dockyard before returning  to the present-day to look behind the scenes at a working shipyard.

Uncover the mind behind the ship, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The famous engineer who designed the world’s first great ocean liner. Find out how he pushed boundaries with innovative feats of engineering. Step into his office, sit in a broad gauge carriage and compare your drawing skills with Brunel’s.

What’s On

Fern-tastic Trail

Step into the shoes of a Victorian plant hunter with our new family trail.
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Plants crossing continents

Discover the fascinating connections between the SS Great Britain and the English garden with new exhibits on board the ship.
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Things To Do

Top Tips…

To help you make the most of your visit

  1. We support sustainable travel, with easy access on foot and by ferry. The M2 Metrobus stops nearby (on Monday – Saturday). If arriving by car, visitors receive a partial refund on car parking, ensuring you will never pay more than £5 to park. Find out more here.
  2. With six attractions to discover on site, there’s so much to see and do: Dockyard Museum, Being Brunel Museum, Dry Dock, Historic Dockyard, Albion Dockyard Viewing Area and the SS Great Britain herself. We recommend taking breaks to give yourselves time to take it all in – why not grab a hot drink and enjoy the stunning harbour views? We also have a covered picnic area which is open at weekends and school holidays, so feel free to bring a packed lunch. What’s more, your ticket is valid for a whole year… if you missed anything, come back tomorrow!
  3. When stepping on board you can collect a boarding card and learn about some of the real people that travelled in first class and steerage, or even some of the crew.
  4. If you are here for the day, we recommend taking part in our free ‘Engineers Satchel’ activity. Collect an activity satchel and try out fun activities to become Brunel’s apprentice.


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Tickets also give you unlimited return visits for a whole year
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