A temporary information point for visitors to the Clifton Suspension Bridge is situated on its Leigh Woods side. It is intended to meet the needs of some of the thousands of visitors, students and school parties who want to find out more about Bristol’s icon (63,000 casual visitors in 2009).
It is located in a temporary building near the entrance to Burwalls (see picture) on the Leigh Woods side of the Bridge. The building has been clad in timber in a style reflecting the shape of the Bridge towers and the original toll houses which are still in existence there.
In addition to an on-the-spot office for Visitor Services Manager, Mike Rowland, the temporary building enables him to address groups, including schoolchildren and students, under cover while providing space to display material which tells the story of the bridge. It also enables Mike and his volunteer staff to supply a range of guide books, postcards and souvenirs.
It is open 10.00am to 5.00pm daily throughout the year. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated at the door. All donations go directly towards supporting the temporary Visitor Centre.