Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

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Often used as a symbol of Bristol on postcards and promotional materials, Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by the celebrated Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and finished in 1864. The bridge spans the Avon Gorge, linking Clifton to Leigh Woods. Designed for light 19th-century horse-drawn traffic, this landmark bridge still meets the demands of modern travel, with over 12,000 vehicles crossing it daily. Stroll across the bridge to see and photograph the ancient Avon Gorge and the city beyond it. On the Leigh Woods side of the bridge, you can drop by the informative visitor center to see a brief video presentation about the history of the site, as well as purchase books and souvenirs. Plan to visit Clifton Suspension Bridge during your Bristol vacation using our convenient Bristol trip itinerary site .
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  • Afternoon walk to see the bridge with my sister, stunning views of Bristol and I would definitely recommend going at sunset for some fab pictures!  more »
  • Do you want to take an unforgettable picture of Bristol? You can't miss this spot... the view is amazing and atmosphere either... take a look at the little museum to fall into the history behind this ...  more »
  • We live nearby and frequently drive over the bridge and my 6 year old asked to walk over it one day. So this week we did just that and had a great day out. We started at the visitor center which is sm...  more »
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  • A very interesting place to visit. If you can, get a ticket for the hard hat vaults tour, then a guide will take you deep into the ramparts of the bridge. The complete tour is 2 hours, above ground and under, but you can explore the bridge and gorge at your leisure and make a day of it. Lots of information at the visitor centre and the staff are really helpful.
  • Great views from this historic bridge. Interesting story of the bridge is told in a visitor's centre over the other side of the bridge (and the centre contains toilets). Be aware that walking here will involve some steep hills.
  • It's the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It's beautiful. Walks over it offer beautiful views over the harbour leading into the city, or down the gorge. The Portway that runs underneath offers a pretty staggering view from below, particularly majestic at night.
  • Really lovely piece of engineering. There is a toll charge for cars but free to walkers and cyclists. Beautiful for watching sunset and sunrise especially during the balloon festival in August. Great access to Ashton Court to the south of the bridge for a good walk.
  • Beautiful as ever and very busy. Be prepared to pay for crossing or keep your eyes open for rare parking spots. Visitor centre was unfortunately closed😕

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