We provide a variety of bookable tours, workshops and outreach activities - click on the links for details of each option available. Tours and workshops each last 45 minutes and it is possible to select and combine a tour and workshop to create your own half day programme.
Planning to spend time in our Visitor Centre? Our Children's Trail provides learning activities targetted at KS2 pupils, some of which must be completed on site - and others which can be done at a later date. There's also lots of useful facts and information included on Brunel and the bridge. Packs retail at £2.75, but we offer a bulk buy discount: £1.80 for groups of up to 29 and £1.50 for groups of 30 or over.
Getting in touch
To find out more about tours or talks or to make a booking, contact Kat Tudor on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0117 974 4664 or 0770 360 9277.
If you're making a quick stop as part of a city tour or a school trip then let us know!
We're used to Blue Badge Guides, Coach Tour Operators and Teachers bringing groups to the Bridge as part of a 'big day out'. If you're planning on visiting with your own guide, or making a short stop to allow your group to look around, then please let us know as it will help us to manage crowds and make sure that everyone is able to enjoy the Bridge. Our Visitor Centre is open between 10am and 5pm every day and is free of charge - if you'd like to bring a group inside to see the exhibition please do so, but bear in mind that the space can get congested at peak times! We'd love to add extra value to your day out by answering your group's questions and explaining the history of this amazing landmark!
Preparing in Class
If you are visiting us as part of a project to learn about your local area or compare two localities, you may enjoy using the Know Your Place website to see what Bristol looked like at different times in history.
Make the most of your day out!
The Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project also run an education programme on the Downs and in Leigh Woods. Why not combine a visit to the Clifton Suspension Bridge with an investigation of the wildlife and habitats nearby? The Gorge and Downs are a great place to study many aspects of ‘Life processes and living things’ as well as for developing ‘Scientific enquiry’ skills. Leigh Woods provides an incredible resource, with enormous potential for learning. With unusual and rare species of wildlife, archaeological evidence of past human occupation and links to great artists of the 19th century; Leigh Woods has much to offer educational visits. There is a specially developed pack based called the Hidden World trail to download with teachers notes attached.
For further information contact Mandy Leivers on email@example.com
Clifton Observatory overlooks the bridge and was originally built as a corn mill - but after burning down in 1768 it was quickly rebuilt as a snuff mill. In 1828, artist William West rented the Observatory as a studio, adding a Camera Obscura to the top of the tower, and tunnelling down through the rock to create access to the Giant's Cave beneath. The Camera Obscura is the only one open to the public in England, with spectacular panoramic views of Bristol. The Observatory offers discounts for bookings of 20 or more people, including school visits. Visit the website and complete the contact form to make a booking.
Bristol Insight have created an exciting and different perspective of the traditional school trip by providing an all weather trip in an open top, half top or fully closed in bus to suit all seasons. Just book a trip from the list of established tours, have a tour created for you - or book the bus and a driver and design your own! You can also arrange for the bus to collect you from school instead of booking a coach. (Bristol Insight will provide a complimentary ticket for the timetabled bus tour for any teacher who wishes to see what they do. they can also come and visit you to discuss your ideas and answer your questions if you would prefer, to fit in with your teaching times.) For more information or a copy of the education pack, please contact Michaela Smith on 07801 503417 or firstname.lastname@example.org