Brunel's SS Great Britain

(8 reviews) 8 5
Great Western Dockyard Bristol Bristol BS1 6TY
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About Brunel's SS Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard, Bristol
Bristol, BS1 6TY

Say ‘I do’ on board Brunel’s SS Great Britain, for a truly unique wedding celebration. Set in the heart of Bristol’s vibrant harbourside and just a short distance from the city centre and its transport links, this is a great choice for couples inviting guests from far and wide.

Licensed for civil ceremonies, you can say your vows on the Promenade Deck underneath the beautiful skylight, before making the most of the unique setting and capturing your all-important wedding photography. With its waterfront setting, you can take advantage of the late afternoon sun on the Weather Deck, below the ship’s fluttering flags and the brightly-coloured houses atop Clifton Wood in the background.

For your wedding reception, you can move into the grand First Class Dining Saloon and enjoy a sumptuous wedding breakfast. Food is freshly cooked on board the ship with the utmost care and attention given to the quality of the meals, wine and champagne offered to your guests.

The Hayward Saloon is available for a DJ or band so that you can dance the night away, and every wedding has exclusive access to the ship throughout the whole evening. Your wedding co-ordinator will be on hand throughout the day to make sure the day runs smoothly, and the award-winning stewards are with you throughout the entire evening to take guests on tours of the ship.

With its great location, Brunel’s SS Great Britain is perfectly placed near to the best of Bristol’s hotels and accommodation, with something to suit everyone.

The team at Brunel’s SS Great Britain would love to make your day perfect. Visit their website or contact them directly to discuss your dream wedding day.


• Vibrant waterfront setting • Exclusive use of the ship and tours available for your guests • A stunning and unique backdrop for your photos • Award-winning stewards on-hand to ensure your day runs perfectly • Dedicated wedding co-ordinator on-hand to help you with every step of the planning process • Registered for civil ceremonies

Facilities at Brunel's SS Great Britain

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the City
Outdoor License
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Other Features :
Changing Room for Guests
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

Brunel's SS Great Britain Reviews (8)

A unique venue for a special day
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By Graham and Diane, on 07 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 12 May 2018

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".

impossible to NOT have an awesome wedding
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By Chris Keating, on 15 Sep 2016Date of Wedding - 01 Jul 2016

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.

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By Kathryn Crowe, on 29 Jun 2016

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.

The small things really do count
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By Lesley Milner, on 29 Jun 2016

What really cemented having such a special day with you was how your staff just accepted my wife and I as ‘normal’ as a same sex couple. Even your forms don’t assume male and female, and after crossing out Groom to write Bride more times than I care to remember, you realise the small things really do count on the biggest day of your life so far.

Best Day Ever
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By Jane Bloom, on 13 Jun 2011

I Just wanted to say thank you again for the most amazing day ofmy life. Thank you to you all. The venue has to be seen to be believed and the team where incredible professional. I just wish I coudl do it all over again!

The whole package!
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By Donna Lawson, on 20 May 2010

As other plans had fallen through (due to ash clouds), the SS Great Britain and its amazing team were the perfect choice! We wanted something a little unusual and we got it and much, much more. Everything ran so smoothly from the very first contact right through to the big day. There was never a time when we had to worry about anything. An wonderful team gave the highest level of service putting a very stressed couple at complete ease. The ceremony on the promenade deck was full of character and allowed our small party (40) to feel very intimate. The ship as a whole was a perfect venue for us as the whole family; young and old, had a wonderful time exploring. The SS Great Britain gives you everything you could want from a venue, including amazing food and refreshments but the service of the staff really makes it stand out from the rest. Staff were extremely helpful from the off set, guiding us throughout the whole process; before hand- guiding us to what we should be doing when, assisting us with food and drink choices, during the day stealing us away for the opportunity for fabulous photos, giving my new husband and I time together! Our guests had a marvelous time and all have commented on the wonderful venue. The whole package, (venue, food and especially staff) far surpassed all of our expectations!!!

Truly memorable with a huge sense of occasion.
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By Vicky and Scott, on 20 May 2010

Everything was perfect; the staff were fantastically friendly, the food was delicious and the Ship was a beautiful backdrop for all our photos. Would recommend it without hesitation.

Our wedding on the SS Great Britain was perfect.
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By Nicky and Tony Smith, on 09 May 2010

We chose to have our wedding on the SS Great Britain on 20th march 2010, as we wanted something a little different. The promenade deck where the ceremony took place is extremely atmospheric and accommodated our 120 guests comfortably. We only spent a short time on the deck due to the weather but it didn't spoil our day in any way. The first class dining saloon is incredibly grand, the tables were beautifully laid and the food outstanding. The staff were all very friendly, professional and courteous, and ensured our day ran smoothly throughout. Our guests had a fabulous time and many have commented on the wonderful venue. We look forward to returning to the SS Great Britain to relive our special day. If only we could do it all over again!

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