“My first child, my darling...” – Isambard Kingdom Brunel, 1835

Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of Bristol’s most recognisable structures. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it marks a turning point in the history of engineering and has come to symbolise a city of original thinkers and independent spirit. The Bridge is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. A one-way system is currently in operation for pedestrians.

Visit & Learn

Our Visitor Centre has reopened but pre-booking is essential! Find out about the competition to design the bridge, learn about the project which established Brunel as one of the greatest British engineers, and discover how we maintain the working historic structure today.

Schools & Groups

We offer a variety of bookable tours, workshops and outreach activities covering a range of curriculum topics and suitable for all ages and abilities. Book one of our knowledgable volunteer guides to inform or entertain your group with tales from the bridge's history.

Tours and Events

We keep the rich history of the bridge alive through a year-round programme of tours, events and exhibitions. Our famous Hard Hat tours offer a rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and explore Brunel's hidden chambers. Tours are currently suspended due to coronavirus.

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The Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust is a not-for-profit charity established in 1953 to act as custodians of the bridge, ensuring its maintenance and preservation. Our collections demonstrate the enduring renown of Bristol’s most iconic landmark.