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“Wow Wonderful Span Of A Bridge Across The River Avon” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Suspension Bridge Road | Clifton, Bristol BS8 4AP, England
0117 974 4664
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Ranked #2 of 97 Attractions in Bristol
Type: Bridges, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Landmarks
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Owner description: Designed and built in 1836 by a young engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, this 702-foot-long, 250-foot-high suspension bridge gracefully spans the Avon Gorge between Clifton and Leigh Woods.
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“Wow Wonderful Span Of A Bridge Across The River Avon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Just an amazing thing and that a man could have designed and built.
Wow! The scale and size of this bridge is only realised once on and at the middle point of the bridge. While there look up and dare to look down. A head for heights helps but if one doesn't have one steel yourself to walk over and back this wonderful span of a bridge.
Make sure you take a look inside the visitors centre where you see photos taken as the bridge was being built. Ask about the under ground caves and supports that have stood the test of time.
One has to see this bridge for yourself to realise it's true worth and size.

Visited October 2012
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“A must if you dont mind heights!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

This is really a majestic bridge which is what Brisitol is all about. What a glorious monument. You must take the walk over, go one side first overlooking Bristol, cross the road and come back the other sideover looking at the avon gorge. The views are spectacular. At the Abbots leigh side there was a visitor centre and gift shop. You cannot miss this if you are visiting Bristol

Visited February 2012
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“a must to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

best bridge in the world, a must to see, spectacular views, do not forget to bring your camera. i recommend going for a meal in the avon gorge hotel while visiting the bridge, lovely restaurant and bars and massive garden/ patio. over looking the avon gorge.

Visited September 2012
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“Bring your Camera !!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Mum & I went in June 2012. What spectacular views. Brunel was a genius. Beautiful Structure, still takes tour breath away. It is free to walk across a charge for cars. Leave the hustle and bustle of Bristol and visit the Clifton suspension bridge.

Visited June 2012
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“Another Brunel masterpiece”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

As the River Avon flows through Bristol on it's way to the Bristol Channel, it passes between the towering Avon Gorge, sheer, rocky escarpments with no place upon which to build a crossing point. Thus, in 1829, a competition was set to choose a design for a bridge to effect that crossing, and was presided over by Thomas Telford, constructor of The Menai Straits Bridge in North Wales.

All the initial proposals were rejected, including four separate submissions from Brunel. Brunel's plans included spans of up to 900 feet, which Telford thought to be unsafe and impossible (his Welsh bridge having a span of just 580 feet and believing 600 feet to be the safe and practical limit).

Telford then considered his own design incorporating three spans, but this meant building massive stone supports up from the river bed, which was far too costly and totally impractical, so a second competition was set in 1830, which Brunel won and was duly appointed engineer-in-charge.

This new design featured a single span of 630 feet, the deck being 240 feet above the high water mark of the tidal river below. To effect this design, the south side of the bridge was supported by massive stone abutments, reducing the required span by many feet. The construction was, however, plagued with problems, not least of all a shortage of funding and the bridge was not finally completed until 1864, 33 years after it's start. Brunel never lived to see his beautiful masterpiece; he died in 1859 five years before it's completion, a sad irony indeed.

Today, the bridge is open to light traffic and pedestrians and affords marvellous views along the gorge in either direction. It also has a somewhat macabre reputation as "the most used suicide jump in the UK", with many people choosing to leap to their deaths. Recent programmes have seen the unfortunate introduction of higher railings and side nets to catch the jumpers, which has detracted from the appearance of this wonderful piece of engineering.

Visited September 2012
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