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Brunel's SS Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6TY

Launched in 1843, and now situated in one of Britain’s most creative and innovative cities, just two hours away from London by train, the venue lies in a perfect location for both international delegates and those travelling from within the UK.

Steeped in history and with versatile spaces on board and around the dockside, Brunel’s SS Great Britain is one of Bristol’s most exciting and unique venues. Delegates from all events are welcome to explore the ship, Dockyard Museum and Dry Dock at their leisure. 

The Ship

Space on board includes the bright Promenade deck, the grand First Class Dining Saloon and the Weather Deck, which boasts one of the region's finest waterside views. The SS Great Britain is the perfect space for memorable dinners and drinks receptions. The ship can welcome up to 300 guests for a reception and 220 seated.

The ship can be hired independently or in conjunction with adjacent contemporary spaces – the Brunel Institute and No.1 Brunel Square – to accommodate any event from conferences and board meetings to impressive gala dinners and product launches.

Brunel Institute

Take inspiration from the prestigious Brunel Institute, home of the world’s finest maritime collections. The Brunel Institute also houses a sophisticated contemporary conference space with breakout rooms and impressive views of the SS Great Britain.

No.1 Brunel Square

Just metres from the SSGB and situated on the harbourside, No.1 Brunel Square is a state-of-the-art conference space with meeting and breakout rooms. These adaptable spaces are equipped with dual projectors, Wi-Fi and media compatibility. No.1 Brunel Square is perfect for conferences, exhibitions, corporate banquets and networking events.

The Great Eastern Hall can seat 250 guests in theatre style and 120 in cabaret style

Being Brunel 

New for 2018, Being Brunel explores the life and legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It brings together for the first time the world's most significant collection of one of engineering's greatest minds. Spread across two floors, The Being Brunel Museum provides an insight into one of the greatest engineers of all time, while offering an open and spacious event venue for evening receptions. The opulent Shakespeare room can also accommodate smaller fine dining  within a recreation of Brunel’s dining room as it looked in his home of 18 Duke Street in London.


Great Eastern Hall
Max Capacity 250
Rates from £900.00

The Great Eastern Hall is a 250 capacity, modern conference room available for first class dinners, conferences and exhibitions. It is a versatile space, which is equipped with impressive dual projectors and audio facilities

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Cabaret 150
Dinner Dance 170
Theatre 250
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Sir Daniel Gooch Suite
Max Capacity 30
Rates from £200.00

The Sir Daniel Gooch Suite and the Sir Marc Brunel room canbe used in conjunction with the great eastern hall or as separate meeting rooms with spectacular views of the harbour.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Boardroom 20
Theatre 30
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Sir Marc Brunel Room
Max Capacity 15
Rates from £200.00

Perfect for meetings and also a conference break out space

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Boardroom 12
Theatre 15
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Viridor Theatre
Max Capacity 120
Rates from £600.00

Set alongside the SS Great Britain is the state-of-the-art Brunel Institute, with its Viridor Theatre and meeting rooms. This is a sophisticated architect-designed conference space, with audio-visual equipment, WiFi and Mp3 compatibility.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Boardroom 20
Cabaret 50
Theatre 120
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Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
10.50 9.00
Kirby Laing Room
Max Capacity 30
Rates from £350.00

Perfect for meetings and also a conference break out space.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Boardroom 20
Cabaret 20
Theatre 30
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Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
9.00 8.50
Great Western Room
Max Capacity 14
Rates from £200.00

Perfect for meetings and also a conference break out space

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Boardroom 14
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Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
6.00 5.50
The Ship
Max Capacity 300
Rates from £2000.00

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Dinner Dance 220
Reception 300
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First Class Dining Saloon
Max Capacity 160
Rates from £1500.00

This opulent saloon is most frequently used for dinners and presentations, and includes flexible air-cooling and a PA system. Larger parties are accommodated with tables placed around the central marble pillars. Ideal for up to 150 guests (dinner and standing).

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Dinner Dance 160
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Weather Deck
Max Capacity 150

This deck provides the perfect setting for summetimer drinks receptions and networking events, with guests entertained by a quartet or jazz musicians. The deck is almost 100 metres in length. Ideal for up to 150 guests.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Reception 150
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Promenade Deck
Max Capacity 150
Rates from £1200.00

At almost 30 metres in length, the Promenade Deck makes for an impressive venue for a drinks and canape reception or networking event. There is also space for promotional stands on this elegant deck. Ideal for up to 150 guests.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Reception 150
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Hayward Saloon
Max Capacity 60
Rates from £500.00

A versatile space which is used for presentations, lunches, and for after-dinner entertainment. This saloon includes a bar and dance floor, and occupies the space once filled by the SS Great Britain's boiler. Ideal for 15 (boardroom), 30 (cabaret), 40 (dinner) and 60 guests (theatre and standing).

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Cabaret 50
Dinner Dance 45
Reception 50
Theatre 60
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