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All reviews dry dock ss great britain great ship falkland islands sounds and smells brunel museum engine room the galley dining room all ages maritime history great attraction top deck piece of history interesting visit few hours well worth the visit
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great exhibition, so much to see and do.
Loved our time there and have been telling everyone about this amazing place.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 526tracyf
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

SS Great Britain is an excellent couple of hours out.
The ship is restored to an incredible standard, and the whole thing is full of things from back in its heyday, like the kitchen, the machinery and the beds and bunks. Scattered around are wax models depicting life on board.
Lots of outbuildings and other things to see too. Excellent!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank TaffyTraveller1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

More than just a old boat, this is a historic restoration with a history and story to rival any ship, a feat of exquisite engineering for its day and run by very enthusiastic staff, the museum is very hands on so well suited for children, we will be visiting again.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mart_x_email
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All aboard Brunel`s SS Great Britain Iron ship ..You can`t miss where it is just head towards the docks and step aboard . It`s where the ship was built originally..It was rescued and floated back all the way from the Falkland Islands .As you pass through the Gift shop you buy your ticket £16-50 adult (Nov 2018 prices ) and you get a little talk by a member of staff about the ship ,As you enter the Dockyard look around and see horse drawn wagon , barrels , sacks and plenty of other things that are associated with a Dockyard ,Then head for the Dry Dock and the underbelly of the ship as the iron must be kept dry with no moisture allowed to creep into it . You see the wonderful Iron Hull and as you look up you see glass roofing holding back the River Avon , And as you come out you then go into the Dockyard Museum telling you all about the ship with loads of artefacts on displays & you can even have a go on steering the ship on a simulator . Go up a level and there is a lift for wheelchairs & pushchairs you go into the passenger quarters were first class passengers would have ate and would have been entertained , Listen to the sounds as well , See wax work figures like the ship Doctor in action in rooms that you can go into , Finally get onto the deck , Look all around from the Stern to the Bow and look out for a cow and pig (wax work ) in there sheds , And some staff members dressed up as sailors . As you come off the ship you then go into Being Brunel Museum ( which next door was his original office ) it is new and it tells you all about the man himself , His life , Friends , Inventions . Fascinating what you learn about him and so cleverly put together by the museum , Go aboard one of his railway carriages as it rocks back and forwards and as you sit down you can have a go on trying to draw a circle on a tablet ! It was not easy . Upstairs is still about Brunel with plenty of pics and memorabilia , In fact you can go into his mind with a short film in a room specially made ..
There is a cafe and toilets as well ..
All the staff were great and if you go to Bristol this museum is a must and remember your ticket last`s for one year from the date you entered ..

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exterior of the ship is great and the dry dock is impressive but I didn’t like the kitsch way the ship was refurbished on the inside. I detested the life size figurines (creepy) all over the place and the ugly, plastic fake food in the galley. This ship is so full of history, give it the class and respect it deserves. I also hated the sound effects as it just made it seem like a cheap amusement park haunted house. A waste of money for what it was.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sassybowwow
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SSGreatBritain, Marketing Assistant at Brunel's SS Great Britain, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting Brunel’s SS Great Britain and taking the time to leave us feedback. We are sorry you didn't enjoy some parts of your visit. We endeavour to try and bring the history of the ship to life in various different ways. The mannequins, sounds and props are there to help interpret what it would have been like to live and work on board the SS Great Britain.

We are regularly updating exhibits to find new ways to engage visitors and always welcome feedback.

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