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Rats, Tales & Trails: February Half Term

Brunel's SS Great Britain

Saturday 15 February - Sunday 23 February 2020

10am - 4.30pm

Standard admission - BUY TICKETS ONLINE AND SAVE 5%

Scurry along to Brunel's SS Great Britain for ratty fun this February half term.

Rat Mask Making

11am - 4pm, daily

Included in the price of admission

Decorate your own rat mask in this fun workshop in the First Class Dining Saloon, then put it on and scurry your way around the decks as a ship rat - but make sure you watch out for the ship's cat!

Hide & Squeak!

10am - 4.30pm, daily

Included in the price of admission

Delve into the deepest nooks and crannies of the SS Great Britain and search for six squeaky stowaways. Discover the mischief these pests caused. as you tour the ship in this family-friendly trail. 


Rat's Tales

12pm, 1pm & 2pm, daily

Included in the price of admission

Settle down on the Promenade Deck to hear tales of rodent mischief on board the ship. With hilarious hijinks and laugh out loud moments, these stories are taken from the diaries of the real passengers and crew that travelled on the SS Great Britain.


The Rodent Roadshow

11.30am, 12.30pm & 1.30pm, running every day from Sunday 16 - Thursday 20 February

Included in the price of admission

Meet real-life rats and discover more about these fascinating animals in a 20-minute workshop, in partnership with Bristol Zoo Gardens.

This activity has a maximum capacity of 40 people per session and will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Please see below* for a full notice on the welfare of these rats.


The Ragged Victorians

10am - 4pm, Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 February

Included with price of admission

The Ragged Victorians will be taking over the dockyard; an award winning living history group re-enacting the Victorian lower classes. Find out more


Archive in Five

11.30am - 2pm, 15 February & 18 - 22 February


Visit the Brunel Institute for extended Archive in Five. See objects relating to rats on board the ship. Try and spot Lego rats amongst the SS Great Britain ship model!

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*A notice from Bristol Zoo Gardens' education team:

“The rats in these sessions are from Bristol Zoo Gardens' education animal collection. They meet thousands of students every year in the Zoo’s conservation education centre.

They also leave the Zoo and travel to schools and other venues, such as Brunel's SS Great Britain, to support learning programmes. They travel in pairs in secure carry boxes, and are always provisioned with food and water while they are away from their enclosures.

Whilst they are used to the commotion and noise associated with busy classrooms, we try to ensure that the students are as quiet and calm as possible, and that the rats have somewhere peaceful to rest between appearances.”