Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre

Leigh Woods, Bristol, BS8 3PA

Tel: +44 (0)117 974 4664

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Clifton Suspension Bridge


A visit to Bristol isn’t complete without a trip across the multi-award-winning Clifton Suspension Bridge. As well as being a sightseeing must-see, the iconic bridge has a Visitor Centre where tourists, families and locals alike can learn when, how and why Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s first bridge was built.

The Visitor Centre is run by a team of friendly volunteers who are happy to share the secrets of Clifton Suspension Bridge’s history with you. Hear about its construction, learn how suspension bridges work, discover unusual objects from the Clifton Suspension Bridge collection and find out how the bridge is maintained today.

Bridge Tours
Tours of the bridge take place every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday throughout the year. Meet the friendly volunteer tour guides at the Clifton Toll Booth on the Bristol side of the bridge and hear how and why the bridge was built, why the design changed so many times and many more of the bridge’s secrets. Free tours last 45 minutes to 1 hour and are suitable for a family audience.

Hard Hat Tours
The Clifton Suspension Bridge Hard Hat Tour is a one or two hour experience which is suitable for groups of up to twelve people. During the tour, you will learn about the construction and discovery of the huge red brick abutments which support the bridge towers before donning a hard hat and high vis jacket and exploring two of the twelve vaulted chambers inside the Leigh Woods abutment. Tickets for public tours are available from Easter to October.

Family visits
Two buggy lockers are available at the entrance to the venue. A family toilet is available. It is equipped with baby change facilities and a step to reach the sink and toilet. There is a children’s bannister on the main staircase. A lift is also available. 

A range of children’s activities are available including imaginative drawing, a magnetic game and a weighbridge. The venue is breastfeeding friendly.


There are two disabled parking spaces next to the Leigh Woods toll booth which blue badge holders are welcome to use – postcode BS8 3PA. The Visitor Information Centre is situated just next to blue badge spaces and it and the bridge itself are all on one level. The bridge is 214m or 712ft long.

The Visitor Centre welcomes trained guide, hearing, and assistance animals. If you plan to visit with an assistance animal other than an assistance dog, please get in touch 7 days prior to your visit so that the team can best accommodate you.

Although the majority of the displays are text-based, volunteers are on hand every day to answer your questions about the bridge and talk to you about the exhibition. A set of tactile images with braille labels and a set of large print images with labels in written English are available in the Education Workshop, next to a table and chairs.

The exhibition has a large amount of visual content – information and images. A portable T-Loop is available at reception.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre is open daily from 10am to 5pm


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Further Information


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets - Clifton side, 50m from toll booth.

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

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals



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    Recent Reviews:

    • jocM1881EO
      United Kingdom
      Entering the chambers of Clifton Suspension Bridge
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 31st October 2023
      What an experience to see underneath the pillar. We only saw two chambers as the guide said the others were unsafe for visitors. Seeing the chambers makes you appreciate the challenging work... Read full review
    • MJD P
      So enjoyable. Will be back!
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 12th November 2023
      So much to learn in this visitor centre. Interactive learning, lots of useful information boards, displays , artifacts and helpful staff. We only had a short time to whizz through everything so will... Read full review
    • shelleysC9973GH
      Excellent info centre
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 25th February 2024
      Excellent v small Museum with info boards. Small shop area. Volunteer & paid Staff Member were v friendly & informative. It was v interesting to find out about the 2 engineers (usually overlooked... Read full review

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