Half term in Bath Day 4 – Bristol SS Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge

I have been offline for quite a few weeks with a few things going on, so am now finally retrospectively catching up on the rest of our fab half-term break to Bath and the surrounding areas. This post relates to 16th February 2016 (can’t believe it has been so long!)

SS Great Britain- Bristol 

After doing some studious research (well after checking Trip Advisor at least where she is the no. 1 attraction in the area) we decided to go to Bristol and check out the SS Great Britain. Check out their website here. It was a total success and I would actually say it ended up being a total highlight of the trip. The ship is a piece of living history and the way she has been restored means you can experience what it actually was like to have travelled on this beautiful ship when she was in service.

Tickets for adults were £14 for adults and £8 for children so it was £37 in total for us to visit. Parking is at reduced cost if you are going to the attraction, details here. This is one of the occasions were I would say this particular day out is value for money. You can spend ages exploring here because there is so much to see. It is a fantastic learning resource for both children and adults about engineering and our country’s history in this field.

“At the time of the ss Great Britain’s launch in 1843 she was the largest ship in the world. She was also the first screw-propelled, ocean-going, iron-hulled steam ship – a truly revolutionary vessel and fore-runner of all modern shipping.

Designed initially for the emerging trans-Atlantic luxury passenger trade, the ship carried 252 first and second class passengers and 130 crew. The ss Great Britain typifies Brunel’s innovative approach to engineering and also marks the beginnings of international passenger travel and world communications.” SS Great Britain Website



Georgie loved the dress up station, they had piles of 19th century style clothes. It was’t one where you have to pay somebody for a photo either, you just get dressed up and take your own.


The top of the ship is fully accessible and from here you can go down into the ship itself, which has been restored as to how it was during its working life when it was a passenger liner.


Clifton Suspension Bridge

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Staying with the Brunel theme, we also checked out another of his design’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

“The iconic bridge, crossing the River Avon, was designed by Brunel in 1829. At the time it had the longest span of any bridge in the world but his original design was rejected on the advice of Thomas Telford (1757 – 1834). An improved version, complete with Egyptian-influenced sphinxes and hieroglyphs, was accepted.

Sadly the project was abandoned due to a lack of funds and the bridge was not completed until 1864, after Brunel’s death.” SS Great Britain Website



There was a play area near the bridge that Georgie liked too :). I think this was my favourite day of our trip.



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