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Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clouds over Bridge

About

The 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.

Extras

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Provider Preferences

  • Celebrity connection
  • Film or TV location
  • In town/city centre
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

Payment Methods

  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Establishment Features

  • 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

Road 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.

Bridge Road
Leigh Woods
Bristol
BS8 3PA

Tel: +44 (0)117 974 4664

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Opening Times

Open All Year
Open (1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015)

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