Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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  • EssexBetty64
    Essex, United Kingdom614 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A trip to Bristol is not complete without seeing this bridge.
    Another landmark you can't come to Bristol without seeing. We walked from the old town - 40 minutes each way. For the best views of the actual go upto the Observatory and then walk across both to see views from bridge. Such an amazing structure. For another view go to the caves at the Observstory (£3 per adult) and you will get another view of the bridge from the cliff side.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Jemx3
    Bristol, United Kingdom64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go where not many have been before
    1 hour hard hat tour . This hour flew by . Our guide Gordon, was fun, knowledgeable and informative.. even if your born and breed in Bristol I guarantee you will learn something new about the bridge .
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • herefordliz
    Hereford, United Kingdom5,384 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant
    My husband and I had been past this quite a few times and never gone across the bridge. The views were brilliant, it was worth paying the £1 toll fee to travel across the bridge. Hope to go across again soon.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Rhagnar
    Spennymoor, United Kingdom316 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I bloody hate heights!!!
    Oh my God, it's high! Heavy vehicles make it shake! It's an amazing bridge so popular you have to walk over it on the left side, then come back to Clifton on the right. Some idiots don't and it's a very narrow pavement. Have I mentioned I'm scared of heights? Squeezing past stupid people a million feet from the ground isn't fun! But the views are amazing, so it's worth the terror. The Samaritan's phone number is at each end of the bridge. That wakes you up. Scared or not, I had to drive over it the next day.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • TravellingTeacherL
    Brisbane, Australia351 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting place to visit
    This is great to see, an interesting piece of engineering. Views are fantastic, and has a pedestrian pathways on either side of the bride. To get there we walked along the river from the docks, which was lovely but then had to hike up a very twisty and steep path to get up to the bridge, no problem if you are fit however I would recommend doing this in reverse order.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Chris
    Hinckley, United Kingdom963 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good
    We were in the area and decided to visit this place. If you want to cross the bridge in a vehicle there is a £1 toll but you can walk across for free. We walked across the bridge which there are signs before you get onto the bridge saying one way which people ignored. The bridge is nice to walk across on both sides which has some good views of the area and the river below when the weather is good. There can be quite a few people walking across at certain times. There is some points for taking pictures. If you are in the area this is nice to have a walk across
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Cindy
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience
    I loved seeing a part of local history and hearing about the construction and how the vaults were found. It was surprisingly quiet inside until the balloon burst! Thinking we were somewhere over 100 years old that wasn't rediscovered until 2002 was amazing. The staff were very informative and funny. I would recommend this if you're near the area as it takes around 45 minutes. Only a couple of photos as I don't want to show you everything
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • LightPacker76539
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic suspension bridge.
    Iconic Brunel Bridge. I've wanted to cross this bridge for a long time. Besides being a beautiful view over the gorge, the engineering is interesting and brilliant considering the tools available at the time to build it. Go up to the nearby downs by the 'Camera Obscura' to get an excellent view of it. Definitely a Kodak moment.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 28, 2023
  • MikeyG53
    Emersons Green, United Kingdom5,255 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visitors Centre visited
    As part of a walk around Leigh Woods, we took a visit to this spectacular piece of civil engineering. The bridge was built between 1831 and 1864, based on a design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (known colloquially in Bristol as ‘IKB’). The bridge spans the Avon Gorge and River Avon, linking Clifton and Leigh Woods. Construction of the bridge was completed five years after IKB’s death; as a result he never saw the completed bridge; of which he once described as being “My first child, my darling”. Construction had been delayed due to lack of investment funds. Economic confidence had suffered as a result of Bristol’s Queen Square Riots, which took place just as the project had got underway. Today we went to the “The Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre” which is free to enter. You are gently encouraged to make a donation in cash or by card (latter at a £3 set amount). Here there is a bright and informative display of information about the bridge including details of the competition, in 1829, devised to find the best engineering solution to build a bridge capable of serving the purpose. Of the many entries IKB’s suspension bridge design won. We learned much from our visit and would have probably spent longer here than we did if we had not been a little pressed for time. The staff were very helpful and the building is delightfully presented in an ideal position just at the Leigh Woods end of the bridge approach.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Bernie20_13
    Belfast, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely visit
    We got the 8 bus from C7 bus stop, it took a little wandering around to find C7 bus stop but we did. Bus driver was really nice and told us to get off at Clifton village which we did, from there we walked to the Bridge. We walked across the bridge, took some nice photos and walked back down to Bristol city centre stopping in Clifton for a Coffee on the way down. It was a nice walk down but all down hill.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
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nicola E
Bristol, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The bridge and its history are brought to life by the visitor centre which is well worth a visit for 30 minutes. Little ones enjoy the upstairs where they can use wooden 'bricks' and shapes to try and reconstruct the bridge. Excellent histories and information on the walls that I have often recalled and repeated!
Written January 10, 2020
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CarolineWR
U.K.279 contributions
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Feb 2020
Last visited this bridge 40 years ago and it's just as fab as I remembered. Be warned, it does close in high winds, so visit in good weather if you can. Don't miss the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitors' Centre on the far (Leigh Woods) side - really informative time line of the bridge construction. And a swift half at the Coronation Tap nearby to finish the visit!
Written February 10, 2020
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Mnel
Estoril, Portugal153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
It is well worth crossing it, but watch out because it only accepts some contactless cards or coins. We tried 4 of our international cards (Visa and Mastercard) and none was accepted. A long queue of cars accumulated behind us until a nice local driver paid for our £1 fare
Written March 6, 2022
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smilgaki
London, UK2,436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Designed by Brunel in 1835, this bridge is possibly the most iconic sight in Bristol.
It's a toll bridge and a crossing by car costs £1 a go. You can also cross the bridge on foot (for free), offering great views across the river and Avon Gorge.
It's worth climbing up to the Clifton observatory for even better views.
Written July 29, 2020
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emanmahmoud1
Newport, UK269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Looked it up first online then drove to BS8 3PA. we managed to find free parking on the road easily. It was Sunday morning of August bank holiday weekend. The bridge was quite busy but at s so we’ll organised via the one way system, it doesn’t make you scared . Free to cross it on foot and £1/car. Magnificent view while crossing. The height is breathtaking. At the bottom of the other side, you can climb up to the Clifton Observatory Point. You can pay to enter or walk around to have even better view of the bridge, boats and the city. There were some ice cream vans and cafe up there, also free public toilets at the bottom. It is a must see in Bristol.
Written August 29, 2021
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castle1_10
Leeds, UK1,861 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Calling off Sunday afternoon on our way back from Devon the weather was set fair we thought Clifton suspension bridge.
Now parking east side of the bridge is near impossible so we crossed the bridge in the car £1 toll fair enough then looked for a place in Clifton to park again easier said than done eventually after much huff and guff we found a spot around 10 minutes walk to the bridge... well for once it’s free parking sundays.
It’s well worth it fantastic structure and the views are spectacular to say the least sun proviso (always looks better with the sun out) !
I suppose if I’m going to grip the council has put up large metal fencing both sides of the walkway that slightly restricted photography I suspect it’s in place to stop anyone thinking of jumping off the structure.
Busy here plenty of onlookers recommended if your around the Bristol area
Written October 3, 2020
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Tobias R
London, UK1,802 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We stopped by on our way from Cardiff to Bristol because we heard it is really nice. It shouldn't disappoint. Crossing the bridge with the car costs £1 but you can also walk over the bridge for free as I understood.

There is parking available. You need to pay for it though. A little walk up the hill and you will get to the top with lovely views towards the bridge. There is even some kind of Grotto which you can go inside and have a totally different experience. Can't judge on it because we didn't do it because of the queue.

If you are in that area I would highly recommend to stop by. There is a small cafe where you can get hot drinks and a little to eat as well. Even if you only have 30 minutes to spare. Do it.
Written October 7, 2020
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Ceri B
Walsall, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The Clifton Suspension Bridge is free to walk across, and there is a pedestrian lane on either side of the bridge. It is also free for cyclists and horse riders.
Motorized vehicles must pay a £1 toll each way. There are cycle lane signs that direct you around the barriers and back to the road so it is clear where everyone needs to go.

Each side of the bridge offers a wonderful view across the river and is well worth walking across to see. The bridge itself is best viewed from a distance, I would recommend viewing from the Clifton Observatory, a five minute walk down the road at Clifton Down.
Written October 26, 2021
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DottyP
Bristol, UK16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is a landmark in Bristol. It speaks for itself as it's a suspension bridge. You can walk across this in either direction. I didn't see it as part of a tour. I passed by whilst completing the Gromit Trail. We were on the Clifton side of the bridge & walked across to the other side to see the statue, which was part of the trail. It was a warm clear day & we had great views of either side of the bridge.
There isn't anything there other than the bridge, but on the Clifton side there is agreenery, a small park & coffee shop a short walk away at the Clifton Observatory.
Written March 9, 2020
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Chief of the village
Bristol, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Hi the Clifton Suspension Bridge is the one of the most iconic tourist sites in the city. Built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel construction started in 1831 it took 33 years to build, sadly he did not get chance to completed the job. The walking path on the bridge starts on the left side which give you amazing views of the Avon Gorge below Hotwells Clifton Village an the Portway below, then you get to the end tower cross over the road to the other side of the bridge then you have a amazing views of the mountains, look out for Goats i have seen one before take some binoculars. please everyone if new to the city or if you live already in the city, go there it is really nice safe, lost of history one of the best and expensive area of Bristol massive houses, flats and missions check out my YouTube channel Crazy Bristol to see my local tours of the city
Written October 5, 2021
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