Clifton Suspension Bridge
North Somerset BS8 3PA
The world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the River Avon. It is suspended by iron chain cables from twin towers high up on the cliffs on either side of the Gorge. The dramatic view from the 702 foot (213 metre) main span over Bristol City is breathtaking.
The spectacular setting, the height above water level (250 feet/ 76 metres) and the wonderful Victorian suspension bridge itself have made it a symbol of Bristol. The bridge is considered to be Brunel’s masterpiece and it is sad to think that he did not live to see it completed. Many thousands of Visitors a year stroll across to just enjoy the views of the gorge and of Bristol itself.
The abutment on the Leigh Woods side of the Avon Gorge was always believed to be solid. However in 2002 it was found there were twelve large vaulted chambers within the stone structure supporting one of the towers of the bridge. These chambers are linked by narrow shafts and tunnels.
Bridge Use Fee for Pedestrians
There is currently no fee for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the bridge, however cars are currently charged £1 per crossing. Further Information Web: Clifton Suspension Bridge/ Commute
There is a Visitors Information Point (VIP) on the Clifton side of the bridge. The VIP is open 10:00 to 17:00 hours daily. There are no toilet facilities.
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The Clifton Suspension Bridge website advises that free guided tours are provided for the public every Sunday afternoon from Easter Sunday to mid September. Meet/start at 15:00 hours at the toll booth at the Clifton end of the Bridge.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1179 744 664 (Visitor Services)
The Bridge website has excellent information on visiting the Suspension Bridge by Public Transport. Go to Web: Clifton Bridge - By Bus
For Timetable, search for route 8 on the following website Web: Bus (First Group) Timetable
- City Sightseeing
Open Top Bus operates from February to December (daily from Easter to October). Alight at bus stop No. 9. Web: City Sightseeing Bus
Available from Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station
- By Car
The Bridge website has detailed Parking Information at Web: Clifton Suspension Bridge/ Parking
Google Map - Clifton Suspension Bridge