• Paul Riddle

  • Paul Riddle

  • Paul Riddle

  • Paul Riddle

SS Great Britain

  • Saturday 9AM
  • Sunday 9AM

Venue number: 50

SS Great Britain

  • Saturday 9 AM
  • Sunday 9 AM

Venue number: 50

  • Paul Riddle

  • Paul Riddle

  • Paul Riddle

  • Paul Riddle

SS Great Britain

Anchors aweigh! Book a tour to join the team behind Bristol’s most famous ship. Find out the story behind this feat of nautical restoration and the challenges of maintaining it. Alternatively drop in to the Brunel Institute all weekend to pore over archives and take part in hands-on family activities.

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Design Information

  • Built1843
  • Designed byEngineer: I. K. Brunel
  • Building styleVictorian

This innovative iron ship with screw propellers was by far the largest ocean-going vessel in the world at the time of building. After decades abandonment and neglect, it was saved and transported back to Bristol where high-tech conservation work, including the installation of a glass plate across the dry dock at the level of the water line, has preserved her for future generations.

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