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Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre

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Clifton Suspension Bridge

About

Brunel’s world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge is the symbol of Bristol – but how and why was it built? Cross the Avon Gorge 75 metres above the high tide mark and find out why the design of the Bridge changed so many times, how daredevil bridge builders managed to get the suspension chains from one side to the other, the impressive secret discovered 140 years after the bridge first opened - and what the mysterious Latin inscription ‘Suspensa Vix Via Fit’ really means.

The Visitor Information Centre is situated at the Leigh Woods end of the bridge. It contains information about the competition to design the bridge, its construction and completion and how it is maintained today. You can watch a 10 minute DVD about the bridge, see objects from our collection (including streoscopic images and original souvenirs) and browse the shop, where you'll find books, postcards and souvenirs.

Entrance is free and they are open 10am-5pm daily throughout the year except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

FREE guided tours run at 3pm every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from Easter to October. You'll find your volunteer guide by the Clifton Toll Booth (Bristol side of the bridge) wearing a high vis jacket. Tours last 45 minutes to 1 hour, finishing at the Visitor Centre on the Leigh Woods (Somerset) side of the bridge. Along the way, you'll find benches to sit on although you will be outside for the duration of the tour, so please dress for the weather! All are welcome, although if you are bringing a large group (e.g.: school, club or society) please book your own private guided tour.

If you're planning on bringing a large group to the bridge, you can book a 45 minute - 1 hour guided tour for £3 per head (minimum fee £60, including VAT). There is no charge for adults accompanying school groups with pupils aged 16 years and under.

Extras

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

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

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • 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 - Clifton side, 50m from toll booth.

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Signposted from Clifton and from Jct 19 M5, A369

Public Transport Directions

No 8 bus service from Temple Meads Station or City Centre. 'City Sightseeing' Open Top Bus service Easter - October.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • ThisIsMyOpinion2
      West Midlands, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Interesting
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 27th November 2016
      You have to visit this place if you are visiting the Suspension Bridge. Here you have access to all the information you need to learn about the bridge. It isn't big but it is ample and is free apart... Read full review
    • Bingshan
      Cambridge, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      visit centre
      3 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 26th November 2016
      Little visitor centre near the bridge. You can find the history of the suspension bridge. And you can buy some souvior in the centre. Read full review
    • AnnieBooboos
      Wells, Nevada
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Great interpretation centre
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 25th November 2016
      This visitor centre is free to go in and tells the fascinating story of the suspension bridge. Definitely worth going to before walking over the bridge. Read full review
    Leigh Woods
    Bristol
    BS8 3PA

    Tel: +44 (0)117 974 4664

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    Opening Times

    Open (1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016)

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