Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre


Engaging displays chart the story of Bristol's eye-popping suspension bridge, built by the innovative Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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1. Clifton Suspension Bridge

0.14 MILES

Clifton's most famous (and photographed) landmark is the 76m-high Clifton Suspension Bridge, which spans the Avon Gorge. It was designed by master…

2. Leigh Woods

0.19 MILES

It may be tiny (under a square mile), but Leigh Woods squeezes a lot into a small space: ancient trees, snaking walking trails and corking Avon Gorge…

3. The Downs

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The grassy parks of Clifton Down and Durdham Down (often referred to as just the Downs) fan out from the Clifton Suspension Bridge and make a fine spot…

4. Clifton Observatory & Camera Obscura

0.25 MILES

Set in a striking 18th-century windmill, Clifton Observatory features a viewing platform, a rare camera obscura and the cliff-side Giant's Cave. Together…

5. Giant's Cave

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A natural cavern set beneath the Clifton Observatory & Camera Obscura. The cave mouth is set into the side of the cliff, offering spectacular views over…

6. Clifton

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During the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy Bristol merchants transformed the former spa resort of Clifton into an elegant hilltop suburb packed with…

7. Ashton Court Estate

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This huge estate around 2 miles west of the city centre is Bristol's 'green lung', with 850 sprawling acres of oak woodland, trails and public park. It…

8. Girl with the Pierced Eardrum


A 2014 Banksy creation that re-imagines the famous Vermeer portrait, but uses an alarm box instead of the pearl earring. It's a little hard to find – head…