The Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre is run by volunteers who look after the shop, answer visitor questions, lead guided tours and help to keep everything running smoothly. We couldn't open the building without them! Our longest serving volunteers are Ernie and Paul, who have been with us since our first Visitor Centre opened in the 1990s - but we are always looking for enthusiastic people to join our team.
Last Summer we were joined by Fred, a student who had recently completed a BTEC in Travel and Tourism and who was interested in becoming a tour guide. Fred has been working hard to learn the history of the bridge so that he will be able to lead his own tours. He has been shadowing some of our more experienced guides and helping them to manage their tour groups, donning high-vis and going out on the bridge to speak to visitors as part of our team of 'Explainers' and helping to develop our educational offer by devising 'Fred's Fascinating Facts', which will become one of the educational activities for groups visiting our new exhibition.
Fred on the Bridge
Fred says: "I decided to volunteer at the Clifton Suspension Bridge last July as I was interested in helping to tour visitors around the suspension bridge and because I liked studying my Travel and Tourism BTEC qualification. I have a keen interest in working in tourism and I also wanted to gain experience about showing visitors around a visitor attraction like this brilliant bridge."
If you are interested in joining our team, you can find out more about the opportunites available here.