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Review of Brunel's SS Great Britain

Brunel's SS Great Britain
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Ranked #1 of 191 things to do in Bristol
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Owner description: Step back in time when you board Brunel’s ss Great Britain. Discover the true stories behind the ship that changed the world.Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend under water below the glass ‘sea’ to touch the world’s first great ocean liner.
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“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

Lots of fun, interactive, loads for kids to do. Tickets valid for one year. Do the ferry trip back to city centre really nice end to the visit

Visited December 2013
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“Informative and amazing history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

Visited 31st December 2013 on a visit too the city, we thought it was value for Money at £12.90 per adult we had about 2 hours walkin around and it was interesting, informative and educational even for myself and hubby in our late 50's, from the moment we stepped thro the door we were taken back into history and the voyage of this amazing ship, it's a pleasant change too be able too get so close too the items, being able too view below the ship, and enter all the levels 1st class, and stowage, see how the people lived and journeyed . It is evident the love and dedication that has gone into the care and restoration of this amazing piece of engineering /craft, and it was a fantastic informative experience......thank you

Visited December 2013
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“Ship A-Hoy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

I was looking for somewhere to take the children to have a rememberable New Years Eve (day) and after researching the net found the SS Great Britain in Bristol.

The web site clearly stated that the Brunel institute would be closed so this review will just cover the ship, shop and cafe.

We arrived at 10:00am and parked in the car park and paid £5 for 5 hours. You are printed 2 tickets: 1 for the car and the other to get a part refund from the attraction (£3)

I had previously brought the tickets using the web booking facility. This process was easy as you buy the tickets that are valid for 12 months from purchase date. The price of the ticket (£33.plus (family of 4)) covered our entire itinerary for what was available on our visit. It is also valid for future returns in the next 12 months free of charge. The staff member on the checkout was friendly and handled our transaction fuss free.

Our party decided to grab a drink in the cafe before commencing. We walked into the cafe and was served straight away as there was only another couple of customers in. The drinks were made to order and the young member of staff was friendly and polite. They had run out of marshmallows for the deluxe hot chocolate though :-).

The tour was what I expected it to be from reading the website. Self guided, we started off in the dry dock (under the water) to see the hull that would be under the waterline. The rudder and propeller are huge! Then back up to above water level and then we entered the museum. Here they tell the story of the restoration of the SS Great Britain and then go further back in time to give you the working timeline of the ship. It is a lot of reading plaques but there are also a few interactive exhibitions to keep kids entertained, such as interactive steering, and controlling the propeller depth. Then a photo opportunity, for dress up and stand by a backdrop and take your own pictures of family or friends in time period costumes. Then it was onto the ship herself. Here we explored the three levels of what it would have been like to travel and work on the ship.

If you like ships and history then this is a must see attraction. It did manage to keep my two entertained (10 and 6) although my nephew (2) did get a bit restless nearer the end. Would I reuse the annual pass? If in Bristol and a loose end, yeah, why not?

Visited December 2013
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“Boring boring boring”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

I've seen this ship go from wreck to restored, and the folks there have done a fantastic job and it looks good, but for me it was more boring than exploring Weymouth, nothing there interested me and the kids were so bored we left, I appreciate the operators are tying but come on, really? The "museum u walk round it looking at plaques" day is over.....could be better....

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“Rich and Flavorful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

To demonstrate the prowess of the British Merchant Navy and its history. I am impressed truly but curious at the same time why some were paying to visit the museum and some were not?

They made wax figurines really looking like the real ones i was a bit taken aback when i saw the first room which was a doctor tending to the wounds of a crew. And they gave you a concept and idea how dinner was eaten on a vessel like this, very much like modern day cruise but victorian style. Engine, haul decks were all opened for visiting, can't say anymore for this. beyond description it was educational and worthwhile much much better than visiting the aquarium in my opinion.

Visited December 2013
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