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The Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset.  Since opening in 1864, it has been a toll bridge, the income from which provides funds for its maintenance.  The bridge is built to a design by William Henry Barlow and John Hawkshaw, based on an earlier design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  It is a grade I listed building and forms part of the B3129 road.  The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world. Learn information about Bristol, UK.


The bridge joins Bristol and North Somerset and is owned and operated by Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust. It is entirely funded by tolls – which have paid for its upkeep since it first opened to the public on 8th December 1864. We are open and manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year. Discover facts about Bathurst Basin.

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The Clifton Suspension Bridge is just one of the many attractions available to visit and see in Bristol.  Come see why so many locals and tourists alike enjoy the great history told by this amazing piece of Britain’s history.