The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world.

The bridge joins Bristol and North Somerset and is owned and operated by Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust. It is entirely funded by tolls - which have paid for its upkeep since it first opened to the public on 8th December 1864. We are open and manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year. Visitors are welcome at any time and our Visitor Centre (in Leigh Woods) is open from 10am to 5pm every day (excluding Christmas and New Year).


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, the health and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff are our number one concern. We have been closely following the guidance of the Government, NHS and Public Health England and in light of the Prime Minister’s advice on Monday 15th March, regret to inform you that we are closing the Visitor Centre from Wednesday 17th March until further notice.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge itself will remain open to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. There is now a one-way system operating on the footways so that pedestrians can maintain the recommended distance of 2 metres from other members of the public. We also ask that runners do not overtake others on the bridge.

If you are participating in a booked tour or event you will be contacted regarding the cancellation or postponement of your visit.

In common with other charities and arts institutions, we need your support more than ever at this time.  Please, if you are able, consider making a donation or purchase from our online shop or buy a Hard Hat Tour tour gift voucher so that we can plan ahead to support the educational work of the Trust.  Founded in 1952, it is the Trust’s goal to inspire the engineers of the future by providing unique opportunities to explore the past, present and future of Brunel’s ‘ornament of Bristol’.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We hope to welcome you back again soon.



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