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Clifton Suspension Bridge Museum

The most iconic structure in Bristol: Clifton Suspension Bridge was built high above the Avon Gorge by Isambard Kingdom Brunel

  • Heritage
  • Museums

In 1754, £1000 was left in the will of the wine merchant William Vick to build a bridge across the Avon Gorge - which would be the highest and longest bridge in the world at that time. Many design ideas for the bridge were submitted but work did not begin until the 1830’s, and the bridge’s designer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, sadly died 5 years before the bridge opened in 1864.

As a working bridge connecting Clifton to Leigh Woods, the bridge is open to the public 24 hours a day and the Visitor Centre from 10am-5pm daily. Free tours are at 3pm every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from Easter to October and the bridge is illuminated every night between dusk and midnight. During the summer there are tours of the vaults below Leigh Woods - advance booking only.

Begin your visit in Clifton Village and walk across the bridge taking in the majestic views before popping into the Visitor Centre on the other side by Leigh Woods.

Did you know?

The original designs for the Clifton Suspension Bridge included a huge Egyptian sphinx on top of each tower. The designs are now on show at SS Great Britain's new sister-museum 'Being Brunel'.



  • Accessible to wheelchair users
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Disabled parking
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
  • Baby changing facilities
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