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Go Aloft! FAQs

A visitor climbing Go Aloft

What is Go Aloft!?

Go Aloft! is an authentic Victorian sailor experience that lets visitors climb the rigging of the SS Great Britain and walk out onto the main yard for a unique and breathtaking view of Bristol.

What are the opening times?

In the summer (from 30 March 2019) and during school holidays, Go Aloft! is open daily from 12 Midday to 5pm (last climb 4.45pm). In the winter, Go Aloft! is open every weekend from 12 midday until 4pm (last climb 3:45pm).

Go Aloft! is closed for annual maintenance between 31 December 2018 and 1 February 2019, re-opening on 2 February 2019.

Is Go Aloft! weather dependent?

There are wind restrictions of 20mph. A Topman will let you know if there are high winds.

How many people can Go Aloft! at one time?

Two people can climb at once.

How much is Go Aloft!?

Free for under 18s, £10 for 18 and over (not included in your ticket price).

Where can I buy a ticket for Go Aloft!?

Tickets are available from the Weather Deck, which is the top deck of the ship. Please follow the signs or ask a volunteer for help.

Do you offer group bookings?

We offer special combined attraction entry and Go Aloft! ticket rates for pre-booked groups of 10 or more. See prices here. To make your booking and begin planning your visit please call 0117 926 0680.

Is there an age restriction?

You must be at least 10 years old to climb.

Is there a height restriction?

For safety reasons, there is a minimum height of 1.4 metres.

Is there a weight restriction?

There is a maximum weight of 18 stone/ 114kg.

What do I need to sign?

In order to climb you must sign a disclaimer and medical form. For under 18's the forms must be completed by a parent or guardian onboard before climbing.

Are there refunds if I decide I don’t want to climb?

There are no refunds for Go Aloft!

Is it possible to buy a ticket for Go Aloft! without purchasing a ticket for Brunel’s SS Great Britain?

No, you must have a ticket for Brunel’s SS Great Britain to purchase Go Aloft! tickets.

What do I need to wear?

You should wear clothing that you would feel comfortable climbing in and good fitting, closed toe shoes. 

Can I wear my headscarf?

Yes, but it must be tied around the back of the head instead of around the neck.