Free with admission
Travel through four time zones as you discover the SS Great Britain’s incredible history.
From her beginnings as a luxury transatlantic ocean liner, then an emigrant clipper on voyages to Australia, and finally as a beached wreck in the Falkland Islands before her dramatic homecoming to Bristol in 1970. Hear about the crew and passengers, including the first English cricket team to play matches in Australia.
Explore the Dockyard Museum
Take the Helm
Fancy yourself an able seaman? Why not try navigating a replica of the ship’s wheel under instruction from the Captain.
Lift the Propeller
Use your muscles and have a go at lifting a replica of the ship’s 1850 propeller, which is set in the original (salvaged) rudder.
The Incredible Journey
Take a breather and watch a short animated film explaining the Incredible Journey the SS Great Britain took back to Bristol in 1970.
Want to find out more about the crew or passengers? Or about specific journeys? Use one of our 3 consoles to explore our Global Stories database. Why not type your name in and see who you can find!
Flash, Bang, Wallop!
Travel back in time in Flash, Bang, Wallop! Fashion yourself as Brunel with a stovepipe hat or imagine yourself as a Victorian with a bonnet or fiddler cap. For an extra special souvenir of your visit, try on an overcoat or dress and pose for a portrait at the ship’s launch.