Being Brunel

All days;

Free with admission

Journey into the world of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and discover more about the genius behind some of the world’s most important engineering achievements.

Explore a recreation of his Dining Room and work out which dinner guests to invite to a party. Compare your drawing skills with Brunel’s on board a bone shaking broad-gauge carriage. Step inside Brunel’s Mind and watch iconic scenes from his life.

Being Brunel is open 11am – 4pm.

Brunel was one of the greatest engineers of the 1800s. He built bridges, tunnels, ships and railways that were longer, faster and bigger than anything seen before.

Brunel was also an innovator, a leader, a dreamer and an artist. He was extraordinary, but he was also human. He had many faults and failures, but he never gave up. This is the Brunel you will meet when visiting Being Brunel. 

Being Brunel explores the life and legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It brings together for the first time the world’s most significant collection of one of engineering’s greatest minds.

Entry to Being Brunel is included in the admission price for Brunel’s SS Great Britain which gives free unlimited return visits for a year. A separate ticket is not required. See our tickets and prices here.

Stop off for a refreshment in our new café, The Dockyard, situated in Being Brunel.


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Being Brunel has been made possible thanks to significant support from a range of charitable trusts, foundations, individuals and companies including National Lottery Players through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, AIM Biffa Award and members of the Being Brunel Corporate Club.

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