Victorian Christmas Weekend - SS Great Britain, Bristol

Updated: Jul 3, 2019

Step back in time to experience a Victorian Christmas on the Bristol dockyard of Brunel's SS Great Britain. Fascinating characters from the 19th century, voices from the past share stories, re-enacting scenes from the era under falling snow whilst on-board the historic ship discover an authentic journey into the traditions of yesteryear.

Throughout the festive period streets and attractions in Bristol are transformed to celebrate both the traditional Christmas past and outward looking present. With a few weeks left until the big day immerse your wintry desires by shopping local, visiting charming markets, practicing your pirouette on the ice rink or tracking down Santa as he makes an appearance throughout the city (That guy can really get around!)

For more festive tinged things to do head to for events, attractions and seasonal ideas local to the city this Christmas.

Back on-board the SS Great Britain we take a photographic flashback to the 1800's at Christmas time and meet the wonderful, ragged Victorians as they huddle at the snow filled dockyard beside Brunel's famous ship:

The hustle and bustle of the Victorian era comes to SS Great Britain's dockyard in Bristol

Brave the heights this winter and climb the ships rigging to discover a unique view.

A step back into the modern era is accompanied by a festive chorus of songs courtesy of the Hartcliffe & Withywood Community Choir.

Onboard the SS Great Britain experience a traditional luxurious Christmas and hear fascinating tales from the past by expert guides.

The Victorian Christmas weekend ran from 8th to 9th December but to discover How the Victorians engineered Christmas a new festive trail is still running this December.

The activity is included with the ticket price and can be collected at the entrance to the dockyard:

The trail will take you around the ship, Dockyard Museum and Being Brunel. Activities include snapping a photo under the mistletoe, viewing a first edition of 'A Christmas Carol' and learning about royal traditions.

The SS Great Britain is Bristol's number one visitor attraction and can be found at:

Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, BS1 6TY

Tickets are available online (with a 5% discount)


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