Victorian Christmas Weekends

December 02 2023, December 03 2023, December 09 2023 - 10 December 2023

Free with admission


Our Victorian Christmas Weekends are over for another year. Thank you to everybody who joined us.

Soak up the festive cheer at our magical Victorian Christmas Weekends returning for 2023!

Meet Old Father Christmas in his green robes and interact with 19th-century costumed characters as you explore the ship to unlock their enchanting stories of Christmases past. Hear traditional heart-warming carols, feast on delicious mince pies and experience our historic dockyard transformed into a winter wonderland with beautiful greenery and guaranteed snow.


🎄 Victorian Christmas Weekends dates:

2 December & 3 December

9 December & 10 December

Extended opening hours – Brunel’s SS Great Britain will be open from 10am-5:30pm on these dates, giving you more time to explore!


Scroll down to check out what’s on each weekend.


Remember: If you already have an annual ticket you can attend for free.

Festive Afternoon Tea: 3 & 10 Dec

Add some extra magic to your day with a Festive Afternoon Tea. Served in the luxurious Dining Saloon on board the ship for a taste of what it was like to be a Victorian first class passenger.

Afternoon Tea on the SS Great Britain – SS Great Britain

Ragged Victorians: 2-3 Dec

Meet characters from the past and hear their tales about living on the edge of Victorian society as we see the return of award-winning living history group, The Ragged Victorians.

Spicebox: 9-10 Dec

NEW for 2023. Watch as the mysterious objects hidden within Spicebox bring a Victorian Christmas story to life. Brought to the dockyard by Bristol-based Puppet Place, the stories are based on the collections at the SS Great Britain; expect songs, interactive games and puppets!

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Christmas Murder Mystery Joiner Party

9 December 2023 ; 6.30pm


Afternoon Tea on the SS Great Britain


Permanent/From £15