SS Great Britain
Open daily, from 10am, except Jan 10, Dec 24 and 25. Closing times: •4.30pm (to Mar 27) •5.30pm (from Mar 28 to Oct 30) •4.30pm (from Oct 31) Last entry one hour before closing. •Your ticket permits FREE return visits for 12 months
Tel. 0117 926 0680
Postcode BS1 6TY
The SS Great Britain was a world first when she was launched in Bristol in 1843. This uniquely successful ship design brought together new technologies in a way which transformed world travel. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the most daring of the great Victorian engineers, conceived the groundbreaking combination of a screw propeller, an iron hull, and a massive 1000-horsepower steam engine. She was immediately successful - on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic the SS Great Britain easily broke the previous speed record. Although effectively a prototype, she continued sailing until 1886, and travelled thirty-two times around the world and nearly one million miles at sea.
She was finally abandoned in the Falkland Islands, in 1937, after more than 40 years use as a floating warehouse. In 1970 an ambitious salvage effort brought her home to Bristol, where today she is conserved in the dry dock where she was originally built.