The Visitor Centre is funded by donations and purchases from the shop and staffed by a team of volunteer helpers. We do not recieve any support from the local authorities - and tolls paid to cross the bridge are used to maintain the bridge itself.
We have a small shop stocking a range of souvenir items starting from 50p! We like to work with local artists and small businesses and hope that you will find something a little bit different to remember your visit!
We have a brilliant collection of books for engineers, historians, Brunel fans and people wanting to learn more about our local area. Find specially commissioned items such as reproductions of the medallions presented to attendees at the Bridge opening ceremony in 1864 or cosy woollen scarves featuring a bridge blueprint! For souvenir collectors we have magnets, iron-on badges, fridge magnets, teatowels and thimbles. We sell cards and postcards featuring historic and contemporary photographs as well as designs by local artists - and if you'd like to send one straight away, we have stamps in stock too! Our collection of calendars provides a great way to keep a little bit of Bristol with you if you're away from home and our mugs and bone china kitchenware make great gifts! If you're hungry then we sell delicious sweets, fudge and Salcombe Dairy ice cream and sorbets and if you're looking for something a little bit special then we have a beautiful display of Bristol Blue Glass! Read more about some of our product lines below.
I am Made are based in Bristol and create amazing 3D lenticular images. Their postcards and magnets are some of our most popular items!
dona B drawings is the Bristol-based brand created by illustrator Dona Bradley. Working with hand-drawing and computer graphics Dona creates illustrations of favourite Bristol landmarks including the Suspension Bridge. Her illustrations are then printed onto a range of products to celebrate the beauty of Bristol & beyond.
Peter McDermott creates graphic prints in the style of the classic railway art of the 30's and 40's. He has designed a best-selling range of posters, mugs and cards featuring the bridge.
Urban Twist specialise in the design and manufacture of stylised modern lasercut designs in bright and vibrant colours. They have created a unique range of cards and christmas ornaments for us.
Carla James studied Art at the University of the West of England, graduating with a BA(hons) in Drawing and Applied Art. Working in acrylic, watercolor and ink, Carla Paints in delicate yet strong style, inspired by nature, and her surroundings. Carla’s work references her identity with the contrasting tropical flora and fauna to the English countryside and urban environments of her hometown of Bristol.
Oliver Rigby and Tom Bonson are the authors of the hugely popular book, 'The Bristol Giants'. The book explores the myth of Goram and Ghyston who formed the Avon Gorge. Read about the giants in our exhibition and take the book home!
Schokolat make realistic looking tools from dark Belgian chocolate. If you need a gift for the engineer in your family, you can pick up a choocolate spanner, stilson or nut and bolt!
Apples to Pears present Gift in a Tin! Delightful produts for kids, engineers, artists and nature lovers. Try bird spotting, become a mini-mechanic or run your very own tiny trainset!
QuickTide is an ingenious device invented in Bristol! If you like to get out on the water, then you'll love QuickTide! This simple tool allows you to see the approximate high and low tide times for the whole of the South West.
We now stock limited edition art prints by local artists and photographers. With a wide range of styles and prices, we are sure to have something that will look fabulous on your wall!
Jayne Abbott is an established Bristol-based fine artist whose work features a very wide range of fields. She finds inspiration from many famous artists, such as Van Gogh and Hockney, with their range of techniques. Jayne has loved this famous landmark since she was a very small child. We stock prints, cards and magnets with her designs.
Zed Photography is a leading Photographic Studio run by Alan Russell, based in Bristol, working for advertising and design clients all over the world. When not carefully crafting studio and location shots for his clients Alan likes nothing better than producing landscape images of his own choosing. Very high quality Giclée prints on archival paper of the Bridge and other West County favorites are available form Alan’s websites. Alan is a good friend of the Suspension Bridge Trust and a selection of his images are available to view in the Visitor Centre.
Linda Alvis specialising in pastel paintings. She has been exhibited by the Pastel Society and Society of Women Artists. We stock beautiful poster, prints, cards and postcards which capture the spirit of Bristol!
Clare Phillips has been working as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator since 2007. She graduated from the University of the West of England in 2011 with a distinction MA in Printmaking and works mainly in digital illustration. She loves the retro aesthetic of the 1950's, cityscapes and old children's books and posters. We stock Clare's gorgeous cards, prints and mugs.
Rolfe and Wills is a Bristol based design and screen printing company who create bright and modern designs. They love to experiment with colour and unusual printing techniques to make fresh and original designs. All of their products are organic and responsibly sourced, and printed with non-toxic, organic inks.
James Miles is a talented young Bristol photographer who loves taking local photos of Bristol to share. James found he had a following on Instagram and has recently started printing his images due to high demand!
Jenny Urquhart is a Bristol-based artist who creates contemporary and vibrant paintings of her favourite places. She works largely with acrylic, ink and collage and also experiments with computer based graphics and photography. Jenny adores her hometown of Bristol and her signature cityscapes feature hot-air balloons and the Suspension Bridge.