The Clifton Suspension Bridge remains open to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. A one-way system is operating on the footways so that pedestrians can maintain the recommended distance of 2 metres from other members of the public. All pedestrians using the one-way system should keep moving, and we ask that runners show consideration for other users and do not overtake.
To protect employees and commuters we are not currently accepting coins at our toll barriers. Please ensure you have a method of contactless payment (£1 each way) or pull in at our laybys to make a payment at our Toll Houses. Regular commuter? Order a crossing card and save on your travel.
Tourism & Visiting Us
Following the guidance of the Government, NHS and Public Health England and in light of the Prime Minister’s advice on Monday 15th March, the Visitor Centre closed on Wednesday 17th March. Although we were absolutely delighted with the Government announcement that museums would be allowed to reopen from 4th July 2020, the Visitor Centre will not be reopening on this date. The health, wellbeing and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our priority. We are continuing to work very hard to review the government guidance and how we can ensure that when we do reopen, we do so in a way that is safe for everyone concerned. We know many of you are eager to come and visit us and we look forward to being able to welcome you again soon.
- For the safety of all users all viewpoints are closed and we are asking pedestrians to keep moving – anyone stopping on the bridge to take photographs etc will be asked to move along by our Bridge Attendants.
- All Free Tours and Bridge Tours have been cancelled, although we are accepting group and school enquiries for 2021.
- While we’re closed, you’ll find plenty to read, lots to do, and a selection of short films to watch on our Lockdown Resources page.
We will update this page when we have more information about when we will reopen and what this will look like for you when you visit us. In the meantime, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation during this unprecedented time.
The Clifton Toilets and Visitor Centre Toilets remain closed at this time. The closest public facilities are currently at the Ashton Court Estate.
The Coffee Cart is currently open daily from 11am-4.45pm to serve local residents through the sale of eggs, flour (plain, self-raising and super-fine pasta), fresh vine tomatoes, passata, oat milk, cow’s milk (skimmed, semi-skimmed and whole), gnocchi, avocados, lemons, garlic, Nespresso pods and toilet rolls. Bread is also available – but daily delivery is not guaranteed. Other items, including coffee from Clifton Coffee, are available by request on a next day service. During the lockdown, hot drinks will only be served to customers purchasing produce.
How you can help us
In common with other charities and arts institutions, we need your support more than ever at this time. Please, if you are able, consider making a donation or purchase from our online shop or buy a Hard Hat Tour tour gift voucher so that we can plan ahead to support the educational work of the Trust. Founded in 1952, it is the Trust’s goal to inspire the engineers of the future by providing unique opportunities to explore the past, present and future of Brunel’s ‘ornament of Bristol’.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We hope to welcome you back again soon.