Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the beautifully restored ship, lies in the heart of Bristol’s harbourside. Launched in 1843 as the world’s first luxury ocean liner, the SS Great Britain is a truly unique venue for your wedding ceremony, wedding reception and evening party. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel to carry the rich and famous to New York, he described the ship as his ‘darling’. From the outset she combined the very best in comfort and style with quality food and service. The iconic ship’s story is intertwined with passion and romance. She was launched by Prince Albert, whose marriage to Queen Victoria was such a success. Passengers’ diaries tell of love and flirtations, and the ship’s much admired Captain Gray was asked by many engaged ladies, emigrating to Australia, to stand in as father of the bride. Today, wedding couples continue this tradition of love and romance.
Memories last a lifetime and start at the early planning stages – from the moment you contact the Wedding Coordinator to arrange a viewing. That is why the SS Great Britain offers the highest quality of service for this unique and special venue.
Every bride and groom desires a stunning backdrop to their wedding, and the ship’s magnificent and historic stern is guaranteed to impress you and your guests. Illuminated from below her glass ‘sea’, the ship is beautiful and dramatic in all weathers.
On board, the ship offers the Weather Deck with stunning views across the harbour, the long sweep of the Promenade Deck, the sumptuous opulence of the First Class Dining Saloon, and many other historic spaces to explore.
For a truly memorable celebration the SS Great Britain is perfect for your wedding ceremony, reception and evening party.