CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE
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.
After travelling across or marvelling at the Clifton Suspension Bridge, continue your journey to the centrally located Radisson Blu Hotel in Bristol. This hotel provides glorious views of the city's harbour and access to many of the city’s attractions.
An iconic bridgeOriginally designed by world-famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it took more than 30 years for the Clifton Suspension Bridge to be built.
The suspension bridge spans the 400-metre Avon Gorge, with its two iconic sandstone towers reaching 34 metres into the clouds. A further 81 iron rods hold the crossing in place and have come to be seen and used as a symbol of the city. If you pick up a postcard during your visit, it will likely feature the bridge.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge visitor centre provides information about the bridge's construction and the hair-raising techniques used to piece it together. The centre is located on the Leigh Woods side of the crossing and also displays artefacts from its building and interactive exhibitions. Entrance to the centre is free, and free tours of the bridge are given every Saturday and Sunday from Easter Sunday to October.
For the best views of the bridge, follow the footpaths to the top of Observatory Hill in Clifton. Get a unique perspective of the bridge from the Avon Trail, which takes hikers, cyclists, and joggers directly underneath the structure.