Brunel's SS Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard, South Arcade (Bristol) BS1 6TY Map · Telephone · Website
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About Brunel's SS Great Britain

Brunel's SS Great Britain is an historic wedding venue located in Bristol, England. Officially launched by Prince Albert in 1843, this magnificent ocean liner was called ‘the greatest experiment since the creation’. The ship was fitted with a 1,000-horsepower steam engine and a screw propeller, and she was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The SS Great Britain remained the longest passenger ship in the world until 1854, and today, you and your guests are invited to be part of the vessel’s rich and storied history. Here, you can enjoy an experience like no other as you embark on the next adventure of your amazing and wonderful love story.

Facilities and Capacity

Brunel's SS Great Britain is situated in Bristol’s Great Western Dockyard, within walking distance of the city’s centre. Public bus, ferry, and train services are also available for your comfort and convenience. The ship is licensed for civil ceremonies. You can say your vows under a lovely glass skylight on the picture-perfect Promenade Deck, which features honey-toned timber panels and beautiful mirrors. You can enjoy a champagne reception on the Promenade Deck or head up to Weather Deck and enjoy stunning views of Bristol. The sumptuous First Class Dining Saloon is an exemplar of the best of early Victorian design. It boasts beautiful marble pillars, Rococo mirrors, and candle lamps. Here, you can enjoy a delicious wedding meal cooked on board with the utmost care and attention and served champagne and a selection of fine wines. The versatile Hayward Saloon has its own bar and dance floor, and it is a perfect spot in which to sing and dance the night away. The Riggers' Yard is an outdoor, rustic-style wedding space located right by the water’s edge. It features floral arches and festoon lighting and offers spectacular views of the harbour.

Services Offered

Brunel's SS Great Britain is available for late afternoon and evening ceremonies and receptions. The Chief Steward and his staff offer a mouth-watering range of menu items, and they will work with you to ensure that your dining needs are satisfied. The on-site coordinator will be on hand throughout the day to ensure that everything runs smoothly, and stewards will be available to provide tours of the ship. The SS Great Britain team wants to help make your wedding dreams come true. They hope your time with them will be filled with moments you’ll remember and cherish forever.

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8 Reviews for Brunel's SS Great Britain

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  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value for Money 5.0
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    Graham · Married on 12/05/2018

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    A unique venue for a special day

    What can we say about yesterday? A fantastic day for Diane and me that was so special because of the unique, special, location. Throughout the service from you and your team has been unbelievably brilliant.

    Right from the first time we walked onto the ship back in January we were both convinced that it would be the prefect location for out wedding. It was totally a "spur of the moment" decision. We just went to visit the ship, saw the brochure about weddings and then and there decided, "this is just so right" and as you know we booked for "as soon as possible".

    Thanks to you personally for all the help you have given us, and please pass on our thanks to the whole team. We know that there are lots of people involved. However, please give our special thanks to both Bob, and Steve, They both were brilliant on the day - Bob especially.

    Attention to detail is so important, and the level of detail was amazing.

    All of our guests remarked on the magnificence of the location.

    A unique venue for a special day and one that was perfect for the start of our married life.

    We were proud to be, in Bob's words, "now part of the history of the SS Great Britain".

    Sent on 07/12/2018
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    Chris · Married on 01/07/2016

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    impossible to NOT have an awesome wedding

    We chose Brunel’s ss Great Britain because we were after a wedding venue that would knock peoples’ socks off. We spent a fair few months looking at all the country homes/barns/hotels that are situated in and around Bristol and we hadn’t come across anything that actually got us excited. Then we came across a website that happened to mention you can get married on the ss Great Britain… so we booked a viewing and had a nice little tour of the ship and our minds were made up! We just thought that the venue was so different (in a good way) that it would be impossible to NOT have an awesome wedding, all the small corridors, the wonderful décor and all of the original trinkets meant that there was no decoration required by us… plus its situated RIGHT on the harbour, which we love.

    Sent on 15/09/2016
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    Kathryn

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    It was beautiful!

    All of our friends and family said to us “hands down, it was the best wedding they have ever been to!”
    It was BEAUTIFUL! The food was amazing, all the staff were wonderful, there was so much room to explore and set up extra entertainment. It really was a perfect day and I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Sent on 29/06/2016

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Brunel's SS Great Britain FAQ

  • Venue Type:
    Exclusive Use
    Sporting
    Historic
    Landmark
    Civil Ceremony Licence
    In the City
    Outdoor License
  • Dining Options:
    Seated Meal Facilities
    Corkage Option
    Alcohol Licence
    Buffet Meal Facilities
    In House Catering
  • Evening Entertainment:
    Dance Floor
    Entertainment Licence
    Live Band Facilities
    Evening Reception Facilities
    DJ Facilities
  • Venue Staff Assistance:
    Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
    Wedding Coordinator
  • Other Features:
    Disabled Facilities
    Car Parking
    Changing Room for Guests

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  • Great Western Dockyard South Arcade (Bristol) BS1 6TY
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