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Opening times

We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Brunel’s SS Great Britain when we can reopen fully on 17 May, subject to government restrictions. Visit timeslots for the period 17 May - 18 July are now available to book online.  

Current Opening Hours: 

The Harbourside Kitchen is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am – 5pm (hot food served 11am – 4pm) and our Shop is also open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am – 4pm. The Dockyard is open Friday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm, for a small, suggested donation. 

Opening Hours From 17 May

From Monday 17 May, we will be reopening all indoor areas in addition to outside spaces. You can explore the Ship, Dockyard or buy a unique gift in our Shop, Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm.  
 
The Harbourside Kitchen will also be open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (hot food served 11am – 4pm). There are plenty of outdoor tables, on a walk-up basis. Enjoy drinks, snacks and freshly battered fish and chips with a harbour view. 

Other Opening Dates

Monday 17 May

Monday 31 May 


The current crisis is having a huge impact on us as a charity. We continue to look after the SS Great Britain and collections on behalf of the nation despite losing most of our income. Please help support us. Thank you.

Please do check that you are complying with government guidelines before visiting us. 


Tickets to Brunel's SS Great Britain include free unlimited return visits for a year (excluding group tickets, schools, or venue hire guests).


  • Children aged 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Access to the Brunel Institute is free - see below for details
  • Access to Being Brunel is included in the ticket price. A ticket to gain entry only to Being Brunel is not available, you will be able to visit Being Brunel as part of a visit to the whole site here at Brunel's SS Great Britain.
  • While the site is open to visitors, the majority of our office-based colleagues are still furloughed. Calls to our general enquiries phone line will be answered between 9am and 5pm Tuesday to Friday, and subject to staff availability over weekends. The office is closed on Mondays. Please do email with enquiries during these times and we will respond as soon as possible

Brunel's SS Great Britain opening times

  • From week commencing 12 April, the Great Western Dockyard, and shop will be open Friday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Harbourside Kitchen will be open daily, 10am - 5pm with hot food served between 11am - 4pm, offering outdoor table service on a walk-up basis. Enjoy drinks, snacks and freshly battered fish and chips with a harbour view. Whilst we can’t open our indoor museums just yet, our outdoor spaces will be open. Visit the Dockyard for a suggested donation, with an up-close view of the SS Great Britain. Don’t forget to stop off at our shop afterwards for unique gifts and souvenirs.
  • We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Brunel’s SS Great Britain when we can reopen fully on 17 May, subject to government restrictions. Tickets are now on sale. 
  • You will need to book in advance and tickets can be purchased here. Please remember to book a timeslot for your visit so we can safely manage capacity.

Brunel Institute opening times

  • Please note - the Brunel Institute is currently closed to the public.
  • Readers are asked to contact the Brunel Institute at least two weeks in advance before visiting, we are open to Readers on Thursdays and Fridays only. More information
  • The Brunel Institute has separate opening times to Brunel's SS Great Britain.
Mondays Closed
Tuesdays Closed
Wednesdays Closed
Thursdays Book in advance reader slots
Fridays Book in advance reader slots
Saturdays Closed
Sundays Closed

 

How to access the Brunel Institute

  • Access to the Brunel Institute is free of charge and no ticket is required
  • Please bring a form of identification with you which shows your current address (This could be a driving licence or utility bill which is less than three months old but mobile phone bills are not acceptable)
  • If you are visiting in order to see a particular object or section of the collections, please inform the Curator in advance

Harbourside Kitchen opening times

  • Our Harbourside Kitchen is now open every day, 10am - 5pm with hot food served between 11am - 4pm. There are plenty of outdoor tables, on a walk-up basis. Enjoy drinks, snacks, hot food and 'proper' freshly battered fish and chips with a harbour view. 

Go Aloft! opening times

  • Go Aloft! is currently closed.

 

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