Dining & Parties

Celebrate on board in first class style. Available for drinks receptions, dinners and celebrations the SS Great Britain offers you the perfect setting for a memorable evening.

Venue Spaces



First class dinners and after-dinner entertainments are held in the First Class Dining Saloon, once admired by Queen Victoria. Hidden cutting-edge technologies and early Victorian opulence combine to ensure the highest standards in luxury and comfort.

Ideal for up to 160 guests.



Commanding one of the region’s most striking views, the Weather Deck is ideal for late spring and summer drinks receptions. Guests can enjoy the historic ship’s waterfront location at the heart of Bristol’s harbour, surrounded by hills and with views of Bristol Cathedral and Cabot Tower. Swans in flight and hot air balloons are frequent sights.

Ideal for up to 250 guests.



The Promenade Deck is an elegant space on board ship, with decorative mirrors and sweeping wooden decks. It offers a unique and special venue for pre-dinner drinks and canapes and networking events.

Ideal for 150 guests.



This is a versatile and more intimate space within the ship, used for presentations, meetings and dinners, or as a bar and dance area when booked alongside the First Class Dining Saloon.

Ideal for up to 60 guests.



The opulent Shakespeare Room offers fine dining for up to 12 guests. Host your private evening dinner in Brunel’s dining room as it looked in his home of 18 Duke Street in London. Containing commissioned paintings of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, the room was named the ‘Shakespeare Room’. In this room he and his wife, Mary, entertained family, friends and influential acquaintances who could help Brunel get his projects off the ground.



New for 2018, 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. Spread across two floors The Being Brunel Museum provides an insight into one of the greatest engineers of all time, while offering an open and spacious event venue for evening receptions.


Set within the stunning Bristol harbourside our summer party packages offer you an idyllic setting in either our Harbourside Kitchen or within the Dockyard. Watch the sun set over the harbour with a Pimms and BBQ and celebrate the summer in style.

Engineers Package £33 + VAT pp

Officer Package £38 + VAT pp

Available for numbers of 20 – 60 guests

Enquire now with our events team on 0117 926 0680 or email events@ssgreatbritain.org


Take part in an exhilarating evening of entertainment on board the captivating SS Great Britain.

During your dinner, keep your eyes open for clues as you become the detective and help solve the mysterious crime. Working alongside Murder by Design, we offer your guests the ultimate, memorable evening.

Join us on our Christmas Murder Mystery evening on Friday 4 December or speak to the Events Department about a private Murder Mystery with dinner on board.

Find out more about Murder Mystery Dinners from our partners 1st Call Entertainment: 1stcallmurdermystery.co.uk/murder-mystery-dinners

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