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Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, BS1 6TY


In 1970 the SS Great Britain returned to the original Great Western Dockyard where she had been built. It is here you will find her, sitting in the heart of a multi award-winning attraction in Bristol’s historic harbour.

Our new museum, Being Brunel is situated in the dockyard, alongside the SS Great Britain, admission tickets include entry to both the SS Great Britain and Being Brunel.

By Foot

Brunel’s SS Great Britain is within walking distance from Bristol city centre (approximately 20 minutes) and Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station (approximately 30 minutes).

By Bicycle

Cycle racks can be found between the car park and entrance to the ship.

Bicycles may be hired from Blackboy Cycles, 180 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2XU. Phone 0117 973 1420

By Train

Trains come to Bristol Temple Meads which is a 30 minute walk or short ferry or bus ride.

Plan your route and find more information at National Rail Enquiries.

By Ferry

What better way to arrive than on the water!


Bristol Ferry Boats

Timetabled ferries run to and from Brunel’s SS Great Britain seven days a week all year round (except Christmas Day)

Ferries run every 40 minutes from Temple Meads Station, Hotwells and numerous stops around the Harbour.


Number Seven Boat Trips Ltd

Timetabled ferries run at the weekend and around school holidays throughout the year from Hotwells to Temple Meads via Brunel's SS Great Britain.

Cross Harbour Ferry:

Runs between Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Capricorn Quay and the new harbour inlet.

Monday to Friday 7:30am - 10:30am and 3pm - 6:15pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 10:30am to 5:30pm 

Each one-way journey costs £1.20. Children under five travel for free. 

The ferry can accommodate bicycles, pushchairs and some wheelchairs with an assistant.

By Bus

The Metrobus m2 route serves Long Ashton Park & Ride, Ashton Vale, Ashton Gate, Cumberland Basin, Spike Island, Redcliff Hill, Temple Meads, Cabot Circus and Broadmead. Due to emergency repairs the Cumberland Road has been closed with immediate effect to all traffic. As a result the m2 will be operating a diversion and will not be serving any stops on the guideway or Cumberland road. Please visit this link for all updates.
The service will initially run from Monday to Saturday (not Sundays); with a bus arriving every 10 minutes during the week and every 12 minutes on Saturday. Buses offer wi-fi and USB charging points.
The Metrobus m2 route replaces the ‘506 Shuttle Only’ route which has been running free Monday-Saturday service from the stop on Gas Ferry Road. Click here for more information on the m2 service.

Hotwell Road is also served by the A4 Portway Park & Ride 902 service.

Bristol Insight open-top bus tours operate between February and December and can be picked up from Bristol Temple Meads station and other key locations around the city centre. The Bristol Insight website has more information and a map.

By Road

Follow the white anchor symbol on the brown tourist signs for Brunel's SS Great Britain. IMPORTANT INFO for all visitors: entry via Cumberland Road eastbound is closed. Westbound entry is still open (from Bedminster Bridge roundabout). Follow this page for more information:

If travelling from the M5, Portway Park & Ride and the Cross Harbour Ferry are options to travel to the site.


Next to Brunel's SS Great Britain

A car park, run by Bristol City Council is situated next to Brunel's SS Great Britain on Gas Ferry Road.

There are four spaces for blue badge holders.

Find out about Parking prices

Alternative car parks

Alternative car parking can be found in surrounding residential streets. Sydney Row, and the Albion Dockside Estate to the north of this are good places to start looking. 

Nearby, a large (524 spaces) ATB-operated car park is only a short walk and ferry ride away. See the Travel Bristol website above for details on how to get to the Millennium Square Car Park.

Park & Ride

Bristol has three Park and Ride car parks located at:

  • M2 Metrobus from Long Ashton Park & Ride to Bristol City Centre, every 10-12 minutes. Stops include Ashton Gate, SS Great Britain, Temple Meads, Cabot Circus and Broadmead
  • A4 Bath Road (904 service stopping at Broad Quay)
  • A370 Long Ashton (903 service stopping at Hotwells and Merchants Road)

Park and Ride is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Please check with the operator before travelling.