Clifton Suspension Bridge

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Clifton Suspension Bridge information

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Clifton's most famous (and photographed) landmark is another Brunel masterpiece, the 76m-high Clifton Suspension Bridge, which spans the Avon Gorge from Clifton over to Leigh Woods in northern Somerset. Construction began in 1836, but sadly Brunel died before the bridge's completion in 1864. It was mainly designed to carry light horse-drawn traffic and foot passengers, but these days around 12,000 cars cross it every day – testament to the quality of the construction and the vision of Brunel's design.

It's free to walk or cycle across the bridge; car drivers pay a 50p toll. There's a visitor information point near the tower on the Leigh Woods side. Free guided tours of the bridge take place at 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays from Easter to October.