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Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre

Clifton Suspension Bridge


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. They provide free tours from the Clifton toll booth at 3pm every Saturday and Sunday from Easter Sunday to October.

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.


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


  • 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.

Leigh Woods

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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