AboutThe world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, although he never lived to see his creation finished in 1864.
Work actually began in 1831, but the project was dogged with political and financial difficulties, and by 1843, with only the towers completed, the project was abandoned. Brunel died aged only 53 in 1859, but the Clifton Suspension Bridge was completed as his memorial. Designed in the early 19th century for light horse drawn traffic, it still meets the demands of 21st century commuter with 11-12,000 vehicles crossing it every day.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge’s spectacular setting on the cliffs of the Avon Gorge has made it the defining symbol of Bristol, drawing thousands of visitors a year just to stroll across for views of the ancient Avon Gorge, elegant Clifton and the magnificent city beyond.
What's more, a Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre can be found on the Leigh Woods side of the Bridge, which opens daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Guided Tours for Groups:
If you're planning on bringing a group to the bridge, you can book a 45 minute - 1 hour guided tour for £3.50 per head (minimum fee £70, including VAT) led by knowledgeable staff at any time by arrangement.
You will have a chance to learn the story of the bridge. You’ll hear about the competition to design the bridge, a project plagued with problems and how the end result differed from the original design. We’ll tell you about Brunel and his family, explain how a suspension bridge works and how people crossed the gorge before it was built. You’ll hear some amazing stories about the people who used and maintained the bridge and the things we do in winter to keep it working!
We are used to providing tours for groups with specialist interests, so please talk to us before your visit about the aspects of the bridge or Bristol that you are most interested in. We'll also ensure that the tour suits your pace: there are plenty of places to sit along the way, but please let us know in advance if there is anything we can do to make your visit more comfortable. (For those who do not wish to cross, there is a fine view of the bridge from nearby benches of Clifton Downs and Observatory Hill.)
Contact Helen Jeffrey, CLV Officer on 0117 9744664/0770 360 9277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Free Entry
- Celebrity connection
- Film or TV location
- In town/city centre
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Outdoor Attraction
- Accessible to Wheelchair Users
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
Parking & Transport
- On Bus Route
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times
- Cater for groups
- Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- Toilets - Toilets 50m away on the Clifton side
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals
Map & Directions
Signposted from Jct 19 M5, A369 and from Clifton.
Public Transport Directions
Bus nos 8. Christ Church or Clifton Village stops. 'City Sightseeing' Open Top Bus during Easter -October.
Tel: +44 (0)117 974 4664
|Open All Year|
|Open (1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015)|