Tours

We are delighted to welcome school, groups from Year 1 right through to Year 12.

If you're planning on bringing a school group to the bridge, you can book a 45 minute - 1 hour guided tour for £4.80 per child (minimum fee £96, includes VAT) led by knowledgeable staff at any time by arrangement.There is no charge for adults accompanying school groups with pupils aged 16 years and under.

We have listed below our current school tours offer however if you have a specific project in mind, please feel free to get in touch and discuss your requirements!

 

The Three Bill Goats Gruff Storywalk - Suitable for Reception & Year 1

Curriculum links; Literacy, Science - local environment, Art , Craft and Design

Children learn about the Billy Goats that live in the Avon Gorge before creating their own goat headband to wear on a story-walk across the bridge!

(1 hour visit recommended)

 

150 Years of the Clifton Suspension Bridge - Suitable for all ages

Curriculum links: History - local history study & significant people, Science - materials and their properties & forces, Art, Craft and Design, Literacy - storytelling.

This guided tour walks participants over the fantastic Clifton Suspension Bridge bringing the rich history of the Bridge to life.  From Brunel's design to completion, the history of the Bridge has many highs and lows. Your guide will recall real stories about the bridge from daredevil stunts, life-saving dresses, romantic proposals, hurtling turnips and hairy conservationists there is something for everyone!

(1 hour visit recommended)

 

The Little Giant: Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Clifton Suspension Bridge Suitable for KS1, KS2 & KS3

Curriculum Links: History - local history study; significant people, historical theme. Literacy - historical texts.

Take a guided tour of the Clifton Suspension Bridge; the design project Brunel described as his ‘First Love, His Darling’. Find out how Brunel won the competition to design and build Bristol’s most famous landmark and discover the fascinating, mysterious & hair-raising stories surrounding the bridge completion. Finish in our Visitor Centre to use our exhibitions to gather astonishing facts about the man often known as the Little Giant of engineering.

(1 hour visit recommended)

image; Shaun the Sheep” and “Shaun in the City” (word marks) and the character ‘Shaun the Sheep’ are trade marks used under licence from Aardman Animations Limited.

Shaun in the City” is a fundraising initiative by Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, raising money for children in hospital across the UK. Charity no. 1043603.

 

Brunel in Bristol: Shaping a City -Suitable for all ages

Curriculum links: History - Famous people, local history study, social history. Maths - geometry. Science - materials.

Take a guided tour of the Bridge discovering Brunel the man and engineer. Examine Brunel's role in the design and construction of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the wider built environment in Bristol. Gain an understanding of the influence of Brunel and Bristol, in advances of industry in the UK and worldwide.

(1 hour visit recommended)

 

 

How does the Clifton Suspension Bridge Work? - Suitable for KS2 & KS3 

Curriculum Links: History - local history study & significant people, Maths - problem solving, predicting & reasoning, Science - materials, forces, conservation, Design & Technology.

This tour introduces the historic significance of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Brunel's role as designer and engineer. Your guide will explain different types of bridges, how they were used in the past and how they are used today before discussing the parts of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the materials they are made from and their properties. This tour incorporates simple activities to demonstrate how the bridge works and explains how the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust conserves and preserves this iconic landmark.

(1 hour visit recommended)

 

Suggested itinerary: How does the Clifton Suspension Bridge Work? Tour followed by our Bridge Building workshop

(additional 45 minutes to 1 hour recommended)

A more in-depth Technical Tour can be delivered for KS4 +, contact us to discuss your requirements

 

image: Courtesy of The University of Bristol, Systems Centre.

 

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