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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.

Hard Hat Tours of the Leigh Woods Vaults run on selected dates between Easter and October. The tours take two hours and include a visit to two of the twelve chambers inside the Leigh Woods Abutment, which were designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. For more information and booking, please visit https://www.cliftonbridge.org.uk/visit/events.

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
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • 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

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

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Public Transport Directions

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    102
  • Very Good
    55
  • Average
    14
  • Poor
    0
  • Terrible
    0

Recent Reviews:

  • David D
    Arnside, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    The "nerve centre" of the bridge and surrounding area.
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 16th June 2018
    This used to be in a portacabin right on the Bristol/Somerset boundary on the left leaving the bridge. It has now moved to a larger building on the other side; it is just in Somerset. It is on... Read full review
  • Richard S
    Evesham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Very informative exhibition, and it's free!
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 15th June 2018
    We nearly missed this attraction as it's tucked away on the North Somerset side of the bridge. Entry is free but a donation is requested towards the annual £1.5M maintenance costs for the bridge. The... Read full review
  • C D E
    Melbourne, Australia
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Completes a visit to the Bridge
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 15th June 2018
    I am afraid of heights and was rather nervous about walking across the Clifton Suspension Bridge but knowing that the Visitor Centre was on the other side gave me incentive to make the short (and not... Read full review
Leigh Woods
Bristol
BS8 3PA

Tel: +44 (0)117 974 4664

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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