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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge (see below) spans the Avon Gorge and is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For over 150 years, this Grade I listed structure has drawn visitors from around the world.

Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by the then 24-year-old Isambard Kingdom Brunel who had been declared the winner of a design contest for the bridge and was appointed project engineer - his first major commission.

Work on the bridge began in 1831 but was interrupted for financial reasons, and the bridge wasn't completed until 1864, after Brunel's own death in 1859.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Visitors to Clifton Suspension Bridge will find an Interpretation Centre (see below) at the Leigh Woods end of the bridge. At this centre, visitors can learn about the history of the bridge and purchase bridge related souvenirs.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge is a toll bridge and is located on Bridge Road in Bristol. Visitors to the Clifton Suspension Bridge may also want to visit another of Brunel's marvels, the SS Great Britain, which is nearby, as well as Leigh Woods, and Bristol Cathedral.

Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust
Bridgemaster's Office
Bridge Road
Leigh Woods
Bristol
BS8 3PA
Tel: 0117 974 4664

Clifton Suspension Bridge Map

© 2011 John Westby

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