The Dockyard Care Bar is located outside the entrance to the grand SS Great Britain on the River Avon. One side of the small cafe is ceiling to floor windows that give excellent views across the river. A few steps away is a river taxi port where you can be zipped across to the other side of the river to take a stroll and work off the lunch you've just consumed.
The cafe isn't huge but there is room with high chairs for the younger visitors. This is a family friendly eatery so you don't have to be quite so concerned about your children being a little too loud. The menu isn't vast but is made fresh every single day and the soups here are magnificent. Vegetable soup literally means vegetable soup, with large chunks of local veg.
There is a selection of paninis and sandwiches, both with fillings designed for meat eaters and vegetarians. There is also a wide range of freshly baked cakes and pastries, with a selection known as 'baked on board' which means they were actually baked on board the SS Great Britain.
There is a special lunch box menu for children, which includes a sandwich, yoghurt, drink, crisps and some form of sweet treat. The range of hot and cold drinks include fair trade tea, coffee and hot chocolate with a range of seasonal local products on offer whenever possible. There are also ales available which come from The Great Western Brewery.
In addition to touring the ship, there is Brunel Institute which is home to over 67,000 maritime items and is considered to be one of the world most important maritime archives. There is also the dockyard museum which takes you through the years from 1970 when the ship returned home back in time to the very day she was launched. You can even walk around the underside of the ship, which gives a stunning perspective on how vast she really is.