BRUNEL’S SS GREAT BRITAIN
The Ivy Clifton Brasserie’s walls are adorned with artwork relating Bristol’s rich heritage of trade, exploration, manufacturing and engineering. A major part of this are the renowned creations and landmarks of the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who is particularly associated to Bristol.
Brunel designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge (shown in the main dining room at high level), the Great Western Railway between Bristol and London Paddington, as well as the pioneering steamships the SS Great Eastern and the SS Great Britain (also shown in the main dining room).
ss Great Britain was one of the most important historic ships in the world and can be seen in all its glory on the bank of the River Avon.
When launched in 1843 she was called ‘the greatest experiment since the Creation’. By combining size, power and innovative technology, Brunel created a ship that changed history. His vision for the ss Great Britain made her the great-great-grandmother for all modern ships. Having been built and launched in Bristol, the SS Great Britain was the first iron hulled steamship to cross the Atlantic and in Brunel’s mind was a direct extension of the Great Western Railway to America.
Great Western Dockyard
Gas Ferry Road
Bristol, BS1 6TY