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IH Bristol's Excursions

Published on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

We recently had a group of students from Weinfelden in Switzerland. During their time in Bristol, they were keen to visit the iconic SS Great Britain in Bristol’s beautiful harbourside.



The SS Great Britain was designed by one of Britain’s most famous engineers, Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1943. She started her maiden voyage from Bristol in 1945, initially as a passenger

ship. After a successful career transporting people between Liverpool and New York, she was run aground off the Falkland Islands in 1886, which is where she stayed until 1937, storing coal!



Luckily for us, funds were raised to bring this beautiful ship home to Bristol and in 1970 she was floated up the River Avon where crowds of people waited to welcome her home as she

passed under another of Brunel’s wonderful designs, the Clifton Suspension Bridge!



“It was more interesting that we expected! We loved that you could go inside the boat and see the people. We’re surprised at how small they were. We also expected that First Class would’ve been nicer” - Stefanie, 19



“I think the students really enjoyed this trip, they stayed at least an hour longer than I expected! It is great that you can go inside the boat. They all looked very tired, by the time they left, which is good!” - Juliette, Teacher

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