The Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of the greatest architectural landmarks in the southwest of England and provides a vital travel link between Bristol and Clifton. Originally opened in 1864, the bridge is still used by almost 10,000 commuters each day.
Visit this symbol of Bristol
This iconic bridge spans 214-meters across the Avon Gorge and has become the symbol of Bristol. Originally designed by the world-famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it took 33 years to finish the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Enjoy the beautiful city view from this famous bridge. Set aside two hours to also visit the surrounding cafes and coffee shops in Clifton Village. Watch as the bridge is illuminated each night, lighting up half an hour before sunset. The bridge is the site of the first modern bungee jump in 1979 and is featured in many movies. Head to the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre on the Leigh Woods side and learn about the bridge's construction, the hair-raising techniques used to piece it together, and why it took so long to finish. Entrance is free, and free tours of the bridge are given every Saturday and Sunday from Easter Sunday to October. Crossing the bridge on foot or by bike is free.
Enjoy optimal views from the Clifton Observatory
For the best views of the bridge, follow the footpaths to the top of Observatory Hill to Clifton Observatory. This grade II listed structure was originally built as a windmill in 1766. Enjoy the camera obscura, which projects panoramic views of the surrounding area including the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Get a unique perspective of the bridge from the Avon Trail, which takes hikers, cyclists, and joggers directly underneath the structure.