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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. Watch a DVD about the bridge, see objects from our collection (including stereoscopic 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 and Christmas 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 and/or schools workshop – find out more at www.cliftonbridge.org.uk/school-group-bookings. 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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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    78
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Recent Reviews:

  • Adventurers049
    Brisbane, Australia
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Very good!
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 31st July 2017
    This is a small information centre but there is VERY limited parking there. Lots of interesting items and photos on display. Read full review
  • GraindeSalt
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    A must after seeing the bridge
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 31st July 2017
    Interactive, with audio, videos, illustrations, pull out cards, etc. Free entry, not to be missed! The gift shop is run by little old ladies with lovely smiles and offers a good selection of (pricey... Read full review
  • Terence R
    Exeter, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    What NO Cafe!!?
    3 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 30th July 2017
    An excellent Visitors Centre but no cafe - who made that decision? Big demand which would me self funding and profitable. Read full review
Leigh Woods
Bristol
BS8 3PA

Tel: +44 (0)117 974 4664

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

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