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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. Make Clifton Suspension Bridge a part of your Bristol vacation plans using our Bristol vacation planner.
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  • What a great place! We get along a little path and once at the top, what a view! The place is just amazing. It was a beautiful day. People Haley. It is a place that a must see if you are in Bristol.
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  • Step 1. Find the bridge (Breathe you survived those hills and steps) Step 2. Attempt to take a photo of the bridge Step 3. Try even harder to get your-self and the bridge in the photo Step 4. Find a l...  more »
  • Happened to wander on to the bridge yesterday. As a regular visitor to Bristol ( my wife's home town) it is easy to take places of interest for granted. A walk across the bridge and then over The Down...  more »
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  • This is a very impressive bridge and probably with the SS Great Britain the main attraction of Bristol. From some angles the bridge looks both impressive and scary. It's quite high from the river and the fact that is a cliff on both sides makes it very impressive. As well there's a viewpoint in a cave in the rock near here that worths a visit.
  • Luv it, iconic Isambard Kingdom Brunel at his best. Not a huge bridge but suddenly there's a gorge, not a little gorge but a rather stunning drop down to the river and dangling 245ft above is the magnificent structure. You pay £1 each way to drive across it, but much better to park up on the opposite side and take a stroll. Enjoy the view and the perilous drop, walk down to the viewpoint to look back at the bridge and drink in the style of the engineering. A beautiful example of classic suspension.
  • Its a beautiful bridge with romance and fabulous views of the Avon Gorge. Free to walk on and free to kiss and cuddle and propose on. Go on.
  • The bridge has got to be the place to visit in Bristol. You can park nearby and then walk across the bridge to appreciate the full impact of it. Also it is worth visiting information centre as I have only just visited it and was amazed. All the history of the bridge presented very well. Certainly worth a visit. And apparently the cavern under the bridge is now open.
  • Beautiful views over the entite area. It's a very nice walk along the river if you're approaching from the city centre. Be sure to check out the streets of Clifton Village nearby!