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Brunel's SS Great Britain

Christmas at the ship

Thursday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Christmas will look a little different this year and while we can't fully reopen our indoor museums currently, we warmly invite you to visit us.


The Victorians engineered Christmas as we know it today, 1843 saw the launch of the SS Great Britain, which would go on to shape modern marine engineering, alongside both the publication of A Christmas Carol and the creation of the first ever Christmas card, designed by Brunel's brother-in-law. 
 
A festively-dressed Great Western Dockyard will be open from Thursday 3 December (open Thursdays to Sundays 10am - 4pm, small suggested donation of £3) for you to stroll around and take in the spectacle of Brunel's Iron Ship from the outside. Mr Brunel will be on hand to welcome you in his inimitable style but does request that you wear a face covering - he will be leading by example!
 
After your walk, why not refuel at our Harbourside Kiosk which will be serving a host of yuletide treats including luxury hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies?
 
Our shop will also be open, where you'll find many exclusive ranges and unusual gift ideas. And you'll be able to choose to take the toil out of Christmas by asking our staff to wrap your purchases!
 
You are assured a safe, fun visit to Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Check out our incredible feedback about Covid-secure visitsFind out more about how we're keeping you safe.
 
 
If you haven't seen our free outdoor photography exhibition yet, this will also be on display on Brunel Square, celebrate the SS Great Britain's 50 years back home in Bristol.
 
We hope we may be able to open daily during the Christmas school holidays (26 December - 3 January) but this will be subject to government restrictions changing. Tickets and timeslots can be booked in advance here.
 
Gift tickets are also available to purchase.
 
We hope to welcome you over the festive season!