Clifton Suspension Bridge

Day trips


  • All The Family
  • School Age
  • Adults






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.

There's always something happening at Clifton Suspension Bridge! The Visitor Centre is open 10am - 5pm every day throughout the year, with free guided tours on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter - October. You may spot our volunteer 'Explainers' out on the bridge in orange high-vis jackets, ready to share amazing information about the history of the bridge with you!

Crossing the bridge is FREE for cyclists and pedestrians and £1 for all motor vehicles under 4 tonnes. Please be aware that there is no car park for the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre. General parking and the Blue Badge Parking Bays in the Leigh Woods layby have been suspended due to Toll House refurbishment works.

The Visitor Centre can be found in Leigh Woods. Entry is free and it's open from 10am - 5pm every day. Inside you'll find an exhibition about the history of the bridge and the people who worked on it, children's activities, toilets and a gift shop!

There's a spectactular view of the bridge from Observatory Hill in Clifton. Follow the footpaths to the top - and if you're feeling brave zoom back down on the Rock Slide, polished smooth by Bristolian bottoms over hundreds of years! For a small fee you can also visit the Camera Obscura and Giant's Cave at Clifton Observatory.

Priced at £2.75, our Children's Trail comes with pencil crayons, stickers and a tear out postcard. It's packed with activities which will help younger visitors to learn about the bridge, Bristol and Brunel - and has plenty of useful information in it to help with school projects.

The lights on the Suspension Bridge are turned on every night half an hour before dusk and stay on until midnight. Enjoy a spectacular view of Bristol and the river too! A popular spot during long summer evenings, the White Lion Terrace at the Avon Gorge Hotel is the perfect place to relax with a cold beer or cream tea while you watch the sun set.

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