As from August 2019, we charge £1 per person for self-guided group of 15 people or over visiting the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre. This is a compulsory payment. When you make your booking you will agree a time slot which helps us to make sure that there are no other large groups also expected at the same time. You will be issued with a voucher which you must print off and present to the reception desk upon arrival.
Why we have an entry fee
The Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust is a registered charity (205658). The Visitor Centre does not get any income from the bridge tolls, as this is used for maintenance only. To enable the Visitor Centre to remain open to the public, we do ask large self-guided groups to pay an entry fee. Payment can be made by cash, card or cheque (made payable to ‘Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust’) - or we can invoice you for the full amount (including VAT).
How many people can I bring?
We ask all groups of more than 30 people to phase their entry into the Visitor Centre. Many groups like to take half their party to enjoy the view and take in the bridge whilst the others are inside the Visitor Centre and then swap over. Please be ready to divide your group up when you arrive.
As the Centre may have be very busy during weekends and holidays, we ask that group leaders help us to keep the Visitor Centre pleasant for all visitors.
- Please ask your group not to eat or drink in the centre.
- Please ask your group members not to sit on the stairs.
- Please supervise students in the shop in small groups.
What will you see?
The Visitor Centre contains information about the history of the Clifton Suspension Bridge including the competition to design the bridge, its construction and completion and how it is maintained today. You can watch a DVD about the bridge, see objects from our collection (including stereoscopic images and original souvenirs) and browse our shop, where you'll find books, postcards and souvenirs.
How long does it take?
We recommend allocating 20 minutes per group for a student party.
Special arrangements for groups with mobility issues
The Visitor Centre is situated on the Leigh Woods side of the bridge. If you are arriving by coach you must arrive on the Clifton side of the bridge and use the designated coach drop off point. This is situated on the corner of Clifton Down/Bridge Road crossroads about 150 metres from the bridge, postcode BS8 4AW. You can then walk across the bridge to the Visitor Centre. In special circumstances, groups may arrive at the Leigh Woods side of the bridge, but please speak to us in advance about this.
In the Visitor Centre your group can borrow translations of the exhibition text in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Finnish and Afrikaans. We also have information about the history of the bridge available in many languages – fact sheets may be purchased for 10 pence.
We understand that things can happen out of your control and you may run late for your visit, if you think that you will be more than 10 minutes late please phone the Visitor Centre on 0117 974 4664. If you arrive later than 45minutes the next group may have arrived and we may not be able to allow you in the Centre.
Please give at least 1 weeks’ notice via phone or email if you would like to cancel a booking.
Please notify Kat Tudor on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 974 4664. If you fail to show up for your booking we have the right to charge you the full amount for your tour.