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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.

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    79
  • Very Good
    41
  • Average
    10
  • Poor
    0
  • Terrible
    0

Recent Reviews:

  • Reesjohn
    Hassocks, United Kingdom
    Still a dramatic bridge
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 3rd September 2017
    A return to a place where I spent 10 years of my childhood at school and I crossed this bridge many, many times . It is still as magnificent as when I first saw it 65 years ago, a triumph of... Read full review
  • Viv H
    Lichfield, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Great history
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 28th August 2017
    Free admission lovely people greeting you when walk in and telling great stories of the history of the bridge. If you have children there is a work shop there for them to play in. Read full review
  • Frenchbird
    Bristol
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great addition to the bridge
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 28th August 2017
    This visitor centre is very well done and a must when you go and see the bridge. Its also very kids friendly with lots of interactive things for them to look at and an education room upstairs where... 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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