Blog by Hannaharchives | Monday, February 18, 2019 - 16:49


In the Visitor Centre our upstairs exhibition has been refreshed with some help from our wonderful intern, Karen Van Neyghem. On display are a couple of Victorian souvenirs and a 1950s Wedgwood plate.


 Intern Karen Van Neyghem stands in front of our exhibition display.


Blog by visitinfo | Monday, February 18, 2019 - 16:40


When one of Amberley Publishing’s editorial team asked if I’d write a brief history of Britain’s aqueducts and viaducts, the chance to explore some of the nation’s bridges at close quarters felt too good to miss. Since the book was to be short, I decided to focus on the period from the 1760s to the 1960s which encompassed the development of Britain’s canal system; the growth of the railways and then, the spread of the road and motorway network. Not surprisingly, it was a time of prolific bridge-building.

Blog by visitinfo | Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 16:43


On 19th February 1896 the Japanese Juggler, George Zanetto, performed a novel feat and caught, on a fork held in his mouth, a turnip dropped from the Clifton Suspension Bridge. These contemporary accounts give two versions of the story.


Bristol Magpie - February 1896

Blog by getinvolved | Friday, February 8, 2019 - 18:22


We are looking to recruit a new team of Education Volunteers to help us to deliver our schools programme. For those of you who are interested in joining our team, or just interested in what we do I thought this blog would be a great chance to tell you!

Blog by visitinfo | Monday, January 21, 2019 - 18:43


In 2002 twelve vaulted chambers up to 36 feet (11m) deep were discovered within the Leigh Woods abutment, a massive 33.5 m (110 ft) high, stonework structure which rises from the rock of the Avon Gorge to support the bridge tower. The abutment was built between 1836 and 1840 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel; the first part of the bridge to be constructed.

Blog by visitinfo | Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 13:19





This week, we announced the commencement of a project to construct new toll houses which will provide a compact, modern working environment for our Bridge attendants with the necessary spaces, amenities and facilities to enable them to operate effectively 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. But why do we need to do this, and what does it mean?

Blog by visitinfo | Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 17:17


The Clifton Suspension Bridge has been available to the public since 1864 and has made it feel impossible to imagine Bristol without it. However, it is possible to see authentic images of the gorge before the construction of the bridge thanks to stereoscopes – a way of taking pictures, predating the invention of photography, that captured images of the gorge and construction of the bridge. 

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