Bristol's best known icon and engineering masterpiece, Clifton Suspension Bridge is 150 years old and spans the Avon Gorge.
The world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by daring Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel after he won a competition to design a bridge that crossed the River Avon. Unfortunately he never lived to see his creation finished in 1864.
Designed in the early 19th century for light horse drawn traffic, it still meets the demands of 21st century commuters with 11-12,000 vehicles crossing every day. The Clifton Suspension Bridge’s spectacular setting, spanning the cliffs of the Avon Gorge has made it an iconic symbol of Bristol, drawing thousands of visitors to stroll across for views of the ancient Avon Gorge, elegant Clifton Village and the magnificent city beyond.
Visit the bridge for the views and drop into the Visitor centre where you’ll learn about the bridge’s history, Brunel and his family, how a suspension bridge works and how people crossed the gorge before it was built.
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