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.
Situated next to Clifton Suspension Bridge is the unique Clifton Village with its eclectic mix of shops, cafes, dining experiences, picturesque passageways, beautiful architecture, gardens, walks and secret hideaways.
Why not come and explore the village? Be careful though, discovering Clifton Village might keep you occupied for hours!
Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre
What's more, a Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre can be found on the Leigh Woods side of the Bridge. Under Covid restrictions, pre-booking is essential – see website for further information
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|Open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)|
* Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre is open daily from 10am to 5pm
- Accessible to Wheelchair Users
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
- Cater for groups
- Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- Toilets - Toilets 50m away on the Clifton side
- Free Entry
- Celebrity connection
- Film or TV location
- In town/city centre
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times
- Outdoor Attraction
Parking & Transport
- On Bus Route
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals