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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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  • We had an absolutely lovely afternoon visiting the suspension bridge. We’d booked onto the free guided tour of the bridge but got the timings mixed up and missed it. We walked one half of the bridge.....  more
    We had an absolutely lovely afternoon visiting the suspension bridge. We’d booked onto the free guided tour of the bridge but got the timings mixed up and missed it. We walked one half of the bridge.....  more »
  • Really cool spot, even when raining. Will be nicer in the summer but still worth a visit. Could be cool to have a picnic there. Wish that it was just for people - not cars. Still good tho! 
    Really cool spot, even when raining. Will be nicer in the summer but still worth a visit. Could be cool to have a picnic there. Wish that it was just for people - not cars. Still good tho!  more »
  • Two lovely Gentlemen Volunteers in the Visitor Centre. Charming welcome and lovely stories. Thank you. 
    Two lovely Gentlemen Volunteers in the Visitor Centre. Charming welcome and lovely stories. Thank you.  more »
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  • Amazing views! A must visit if ever in Bristol, you can spend hours taking in the beautiful scenery. Many details around you. With the observatory close by, and a tunnel leading to suspended balcony in the middle of the cliff. The bridge itself is more than a 100 years old. With daily walking tours. You can put your camera down, many details you can find around you while crossing and beautiful scenery. It takes around 5 minutes going from one side to the other. Unfortunately the Avon gorge below was nearly dry when we visited August 2022 because of the heatwave, but still the views were beautiful. The Clifton area close by with the Mall gardens and many authentic restaurants. A nice place to send part of your day and end with having a meal in on of those restaurants. Note: the bridge has a £1 pound toll if crossing in a car.
  • Absolutely beautiful suspension bridge. We definitely recommend you have a look if you’re in Bristol. The bridge is easy accessible, we went via a bus which took about 20 minutes from the city centre. You can also drive (I did see some parking), and the bridge is next to a lovely park so you can walk around if you’re in the area. Of course this area gets busy when it’s tourist season but it’s such an amazing view, I would definitely recommend you stopping by. Best time to go would be just before sunset, because then you can see the bridge during the day and then watch as it turns its lights on at night. There’s also a good selection of bars and pubs within a 10 minute walk, so you can make an evening of it.
  • It's not very often I get the chance to walk around the bridge but it's really enjoyable every time I do. The engineering is impressive the views are amazing. You really get to experience how big this bridge is when walking across. The walkways are not very wide so if in a group could make it difficult to pass by if stopped on the bridge. There is a visitor center a short walk from the bridge. I really enjoyed visiting the bridge and hope to visit again soon.
  • A beautiful place to visit.. go in evening time the view will be beautiful. Take a walk in the bridge on both sides and enjoy the views.. * 1 pound toll free for cars. You can pay via cc or dc * Street Parking slots available near that bridges * Lot of benches to sit and relax * I don't see any light settings on normal days
  • Stunning suspension Bridge! The view is breathtaking either you look the bring from down or up. Cross the bridge walking is such and incredible experience. With car there is a toll to pay that's 1£, but totally worth it. Waiting the sunset there will give you the chance to take some very amazing pics.

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