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.
- Free Entry
- 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
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times
- 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
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.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good33
- Alexander JBath, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayCuriousMonday, 17th April 2017A very interesting and free visitor centre documenting the history of the suspension bridge. Worth a visit for any history lover or architectural enthusiast. Read full review
- moleBathBathTrip Type:FamilyGood little museumMonday, 17th April 2017Situated at the far end of the Suspension Bridge the majority of visitors have already crossed the bridge before visiting it.Parking on that side is almost impossible courtesy of the City Council... Read full review
- Dan KLondon, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayFree, interesting and worthwhile visitSunday, 2nd April 2017Visited Bristol yesterday and assuming one approaches the bridge from Bristol City Centre, this visitor centre is worth the crossing of the bridge... ...the main attraction of course!! One shouldn't... Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)117 974 4664
|Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|