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Brunel's SS Great Britain

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Brunel's SS Great Britain

Hold an event to remember on the ship that changed the world. The beautifully restored ship lies in the heart of Bristol’s harbourside, and offers some of the most spectacular views in the region. 

With versatile spaces both above and below deck, Brunel’s SS Great Britain is the perfect venue to hire for your wedding, corporate event, gala dinner or drinks reception. In addition, holding your event with us means you are also supporting us as a charity. 

From small meetings to large conferences, our state of the art facilites set within the historic dockyard provide the perfect setting to inspire event attendees.

Take inspiration from Brunel whilst exploring the SS Great Britain and Being Brunel, our new museum, on your event day.


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General Information

  • 7
  • Free


  • From £35.00

Maximum Delegate Capacities

  • 160
  • 250
  • 30
  • 120
  • 150


  • 3
  • 1.4 Miles
  • 7.5 Miles

Transport & Parking Facilities

Brunel’s SS Great Britain is walking distance from Bristol city centre and Bristol Temple Meads Station. Bristol Ferry Boat run to and from Brunel’s SS Great Britain (except Christmas Day). A pay and display car park, run by Bristol City Council is situated next to Brunel's SS Great Britain. Metrobus m2 stops at the ‘SS Great Britain’, the A4 Portway Park & Ride 902 service and Bristol Insight open-top bus tours

Official Star Ratings and Awards


Judges of the prestigious European Museum of the Year Awards awarded Brunel’s SS Great Britain the Portimão Museum Prize – Europe’s Most Welcoming Museum 2019.

Being Brunel, the new museum at Bristol’s top-rated visitor attraction, has been named ‘Permanent Exhibition of the Year’ at the 17th Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence Ceremony.  

Being Brunel, the new museum at Bristol’s top-rated visitor attraction, has been named ‘Best Public Service Building’ in the Bristol LABC Building Excellence Awards 2019.


Great Exhibitions Prize, British Society for the History of Science, 2019 -Runner Up
Tourism Innvation and New Business Award, Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards, 2018 -Gold
Large Attraction of the Year, Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards, 2018 - Silver

Other Facilities

Teambuilding onsite available - Go Aloft! and climb the rigging to earn your certificate of bravery. Take a scavenger hunt around the ship or hire in teambuilding with ACF Events. The Detective Project can also provide a victorian CSI themed activity for your group or take to the water in a kayak or paddle board with Bristol Youth Project. Our amazing neighbours Aardman can also host you at the SS Great Britain with a model making class - sure to get the creative thinking in motion.

We can also offer a 'Sunrise Social' breakfast meeting on the Weather Deck where you can access the ship before opening and network under the skies of Bristol.

Whole site hire can also be arranged to include pop up food stations, live entertainment and access to the ship. Perfect for corporate event evenings in the summer - No1 Brunel Square can be utilised for entry or product placing.

Our experienced event team and stewards are on hand to work with you on each individual event.


Lynsey McKinstry

Venue Hire Sales Manager

Kat McConnell

Event Manager


Institute of Water

On behalf of the IOW SW Region I’d like to formally thank you and the SS Great Britain team for facilitating such a great afternoon and evening for us on Friday. We are still evaluating the feedback forms collected on the day, but we have received very many positive comments about the event via social media and email as well as verbally.
We were pleased with the preparation and organisation and the good attention to detail – as well as the willingness to help of all the SS Great Britain people we encountered. In the evening the food was very good indeed and the catering staff equally attentive and friendly. Last, and by no means least, Bob the Chief Steward did a simply excellent job with his ongoing informative and enthusiastic commentary on the ship.
Please pass on our thanks to all involved.

University of Bristol

I’m just writing to say thank you for your team’s support and all of their hard work yesterday at our Away Day. They did a really good and the Library Team had a very successful day. From my side of things, thank you for being so flexible with the room arrangements. We managed to fit everything into the room and your staff were really considerate in tiptoeing round with the food whilst we had presentations going on. I really appreciated this. It's a great room, particularly because it’s so quiet and it has a lot of light. We also had a talk about Brunel as one of our activities, so I’m now even more interested in the SS Great Britain as a result.

Environment Agency

Everyone loved the venue and it will definitely be high on our list for future events. The feedback from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive. All of the staff at SS Great Britain were extremely helpful and professional, our steward Steve was available to us all day which made a big difference and makes the venue stand out from others we have used. Everyone loved the vegetarian buffet and having the opportunity to look around the ship during the lunch break really was the icing on the cake! Please thank your colleagues on behalf of everyone who attended.

Office of Rail and Road

The day ran very smoothly. The availability of the staff was excellent. I always had someone to speak to if I had an issue or a problem and someone on the door for visitors in and out was brilliant. I wanted to make a mention to the catering staff, who I thought was excellent. They were friendly and helpful and around when needed too.

Macmillan Cancer Support

For our events we always try to look for an interesting venue, something historical or a famous landmark and the SS Great Britain just ticked all the boxes. It worked out great as the event was sold out, with at least half of the attendees feeding back that it was the venue that attracted them. It was very useful to have the meeting rooms beside the ship

Association for Volunteer Management

It was one of the best events/catering teams I've worked with this year (we run one event per month, usually in London but also across the UK)