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Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust

Bridge Road, Leigh Woods, BS8 3PA

Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust

Description

Visitor Centre
Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre tells the story of the 'ornament of Bristol' and the people who built, maintain and treasure it. Explore the turbulent history of the ‘first love’ of famous British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel through an award winning exhibition packed with family activities and staffed by knowledgeable volunteers.

The Visitor Centre is open from 10am-5pm daily and may be found in Leigh Woods on the North Somerset side of the bridge, a short walk from Clifton Village where you’ll find bus stops, pay and display parking, boutique shopping, cafes and coffee shops. Entrance to the Visitor Centre is free, although donations are appreciated.

Free tours for families and individuals are held at 3pm every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday from Easter to October and begin on the Clifton (Bristol) side of the bridge. Ticketed tours of the ‘secret’ vaults inside the Leigh Woods abutment are available on selected dates and must be booked in advance through the bridge website. Groups may book private tours at any time, with a coach drop-off point available on Observatory Road, BS8 4AW (there is a weight limit of 4 tons so coaches may not cross the bridge).

Bridge
Once the far-fetched dream of local wine merchant William Vick, the bridge was the first solo project of the famous British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel who came up with ambitious plans to build the highest and longest bridge in the world. Sadly, Brunel did not live to see his ‘first love’ completed. The bridge took 33 years to build and opened as a monument to his achievements after his death.

The Bridge is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, 365 days a year and can be crossed on foot or by bicycle free of charge, although vehicles must pay a £1 toll towards the maintenance and upkeep of this Grade I listed structure. A Visitor Centre is open from 10am to 5pm daily, with free tours for families and individuals at 3pm every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday from Easter to October. Groups may book private tours at any time, with a coach drop-off point available on Observatory Road, BS8 4AW (there is a weight limit of 4 tons so coaches may not cross the bridge). A programme of events runs throughout the year for families and adult learners.

The bridge spans the spectacular Avon Gorge and is illuminated each evening, lighting up half an hour before sunset. Photographers may like to visit the viewpoints on Sion Hill or at the Cumberland Basin.
 


Contact

Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust
Bridge Road
Leigh Woods
Bristol
BS8 3PA
United Kingdom


T: 0117 974 4664

E: visitinfo@cliftonbridge.org.uk

W: cliftonbridge.org.uk



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