Ranked as Bristol’s #1 visitor attraction on TripAdvisor, Brunel’s SS Great Britain is one of the city’s most iconic sights - but did you know that it’s also one of the city's unique venues for meetings and events?

Get to know the beautifully restored ship's indoor and outdoor spaces and find out why an event on 'the ship that changed the world’ offers much more than expected to a conference and event organiser.

What spaces can you hire at Brunel's SS Great Britain?

Brunel Square for events at SS Great Britain

Located right by the water with access into the dockyard, No 1 Brunel Square should be on your radar for any outdoor get-togethers or summer launches. Think outside street food stations, hog roasts, deckchairs and live music for up to 500, all against the backdrop of Brunel’s impressive ship and the bustling harbourside.

The Dockyard Café and Harbourside Kitchen are ideal for a smaller summer party or more casual meeting after hours. Guests can enjoy burgers and beers, along with views of the boats sailing into the harbour. Double up on event space by combining this with the large internal conference facilities of the Great Eastern Hall, which has played host to performances, lectures, banquets and everything in between.

Weather Deck at the SS Great Britain

Then there’s the Weather Deck - the best place to make the most of warm summer mornings. Plan a breakfast networking event with the Sunrise Social package, which includes all you need to start the day. If you are lucky enough, you may even catch sight of one the many hot air balloons that appear over the Bristol skies.

The First Class Dining Saloon, once admired by Queen Victoria, offers the ultimate in private dining locations, combining early Victorian opulence with hidden cutting-edge technologies. And if you hire the whole ship, you will also have access to the elegant promenade deck, with decorative mirrors and sweeping wooden decks, for pre-dinner drinks. You can even arrange for ‘Mr Brunel’ himself to entertain the guests by telling tales of his discoveries during canapes or between courses.

The full SS Great Britain experience 

With full access to the ship during their event day, the SS Great Britain is sure to inspire your delegates or guests. They can learn about the innovative mind of Brunel at the new award-winning Being Brunel Museum, located next to the ship, or be transported back to the 1800s by wandering through a replica of Brunel’s London office. It’s also great for a drinks reception as guests mingle around interactive exhibits.

Various teambuilding activities are also available onsite, both themed and traditional. Why not introduce a scavenger hunt and encourage teams to work together to uncover the secrets of the ship, or send them to climb the rigging on top of the Weather Deck? Another favourite is the Victorian style ‘CSI’ detective challenge.

Go Aloft team building activity

With such versatile spaces both above, around and below deck, Brunel’s SS Great Britain is a top venue contender for any corporate, private and social event. Even better, every booking made supports them as a charity. Make an enquiry and start planning your next event here.


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Brunel's SS Great Britain

A multi award-winning venue for non-residential conferences, corporate and private events and weddings.