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Victorian Christmas Weekend

Brunel's SS Great Britain

Ragged Victorians

    Image courtesy of Steve Capewell



Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 December 2018

Various Times

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!

Christmas Trail

10 am - 4.30pm, Saturday 1 - Monday 31 December

Find out how the Victorians engineered Christmas this December with our festive trail. The 1840s was an important time for the celebration of Christmas. Follow our trail of festive firsts to discover how today's holiday traditions began. This activity is included in your ticket price and free to pick up with your Dockyard Companion throughout December.

Meet Victorian Characters

10am - 4.30pm, Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 December

Included in the price of admission

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

Make your own Victorian Christmas card

11am - 4pm, Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 December

​Included in the price of admission

Join our family craft workshop and make your own traditional Victorian Christmas cards to send to loved ones.

Christmas carol singing

12.30pm & 2pm, Saturday 8 December - Sunday 9 December

​Included in the price of admission

Local choirs will be singing traditional Christmas Carols in various locations around the ship and Dockyard.

Meet Mr. Brunel

10am - 4.30pm, Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 December

​Included in the price of admission

Look for and meet the original Iron Man around the ship and be sure to remind him that it's Christmas!

Festive food and drink

9.30am - 4.30pm, Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 December

Harbourside Kitchen will be stocked with festive flavours including minced pies and mulled wine.

Go Aloft! Climb the Rigging

12pm - 4pm, Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 December

£10 per person

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.

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.