Clifton Suspension Bridge

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Suspension Bridge Road, Bristol, United Kingdom

Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol Reviews

bianca_35 bianca_35
2 reviews
Sight to see May 11, 2011
Free tours sunday at 3- very insightful and interesting. key to seeing the city! Good historical information and great view. Have lived in bristol my whole life yet learned alot!

Cheap afternoon out- then you can head to local bars for a few tipples :)
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stary123 stary123
6 reviews
bridge Apr 12, 2011
My fav place to spent weekend. It is free to go in, not just that they have nice woods place for walk. I always bring my dog in the weekend for walking and enjoying the "Green". If you up for relaxing place and a bit of walking then this place is the best place to visit :)
sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
Clifton Suspension Bridge Dec 30, 2007
Clifton Suspension Bridge, built by legendary engineer Isembard Kingdom Brunel, spans the Avon gorge between Clifton (the posh bit of Bristol, where the zoo is) and Leigh Woods. Even now, it's a genuinely impressive structure - I never look at it without wondering how on earth you'd build something like that, especially in 1864.

There are tolls for cars, but not for pedestrians or bicycles - the toll is currently 50p and free (if scary) on foot. The bridge is closed to all traffic including pedestrians for the balloon fiesta and the old Ashton Court festival/ whatever replaces it. It is a seriously long way up in the air - you can see why people at the time doubted it could be done - but it's a gorgeous bit of engineering.

The bridge is held up with chains rather than cables, and the cables themselves were recycled from teh even older hungerford bridge in London. The cliffs are a site of special scientific interest because there are several species of flower and small tree that only grow here. Apparently, this was known when the bridge was built. The wife of one of the senior engineers managed to convinve Brunel to have a clump of flowers carefully replanted further along the cliff to save them.

Of course, it won't take you long to see it. I'd recommend building it into a day trip to Bristol, if you were there for a day - before the cider barge, I'd think! You can see it from a distance from the approach you'd take on the airport bus, walk to it from Clifton (where the delis are, but well away from the more normal attractions of the floating harbour or welsh backs), or see it really clearly if you're going to some event at the Tobacco Factory as you make your way through Bedminster or up the side of the Avon Gorge. Your other option is to work it into a trip to Leigh woods which are lovely (if sometimes invaded by conceptual artists from Arnolfini...), and get some fresh air, if you are in the area for longer.

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