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Victorian Christmas Weekend

Brunel's SS Great Britain

Ragged Victorians

    Image courtesy of Steve Capewell

Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 December 2019

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10am - 4.30pm

Step back in time as Brunel’s SS Great Britain is transformed into a Dickensian winter scene, complete with a beautifully-decorated dockyard, Victorian characters and even falling snow!

Meet Victorian Characters

Experience the hustle and bustle of a 19th century dockside as the Ragged Victorians share their colourful stories with a seasonal twist. 

Say Hello to Mr. Brunel

Find the Victorian engineer proudly exploring his ship and be sure to remind him that it's Christmas!

Print Your Own Traditional Christmas Card

Get hands on and create your own card in this traditional printing workshop, then see a selection of festive objects from the University of Bristol's Theatre Collection.

Listen to Carol Singers and Brass Bands

Enjoy festive music from a number of choirs and brass bands on the dockyard throughout the weekend.

Enjoy festive food and drink

Take a break and visit Harbourside Kitchen, which will be stocked with festive flavours including mince pies and mulled wine.

Climb the Rigging with Go Aloft! 

12pm - 4pm

£10 per person, free for under 18s

Now open every weekend throughout winter, climb the SS Great Britain’s huge mainmast for one of the best views of Bristol. Ascend the rigging to a viewing platform at over 26m above ground level and even step out over the harbour on the main yard. Find out more

Shop for Seasonal Gifts

Visit the Gift Shop for a treasure trove of stocking-fillers and Victorian-style gift ideas from wooden toys to books and Bristol Blue Glass.


Admission to our Victorian Christmas Weekend is included in our usual ticket admission. Tickets to Brunel's SS Great Britain include free unlimited return visits for a year (excluding group tickets, schools, or venue hire guests).

Getting here

Brunel's SS Great Britain is located on the harbourside on Gas Ferry Road and is accessable by foot, ferry, train and road. Click here to plan your journey.