Victorian sailor experience at ss Great Britain

Date Posted: 13/03/2014

School groups visiting Brunel’s ss Great Britain in Bristol from 5th April will be able to experience what it was like to be a 19th century crew member on board the famous ship.

Set to be the ultimate, immersive experience; ‘Go Aloft!’ has been designed to represent as authentically as possible what the crew members had to endure when working on board the Victorian passenger liner.

Stepping into the shoes of a Victorian sailor, school trip organisers will be able to re-enact working life at sea by scaling the rigging and conquering the yardarm for a unique and exhilarating view of Bristol - over 30 metres from ground level, up the mainmast.

A Go Aloft school trip on-board the ss Great Britain

Participants will be strapped into a harness, and then briefed by a topman on the Weather Deck, before ascending the rigging to a viewing platform at 27 metres above the deck. 

From here, groups can traverse out along the main yard, taking them out across the ship below, before returning to solid ground.

Crew re-enactment volunteers will be on hand below to bring the experience to life for people who would prefer to keep their feet firmly on the Weather Deck.

For further school trip information visit

School Travel Organiser's Guide