Travelling by Bus
If you are already in the city centre, it is much easier to reach us by bus.
Take the No 8 circular bus from Bristol Temple Meads railway station or at the Centre Promenade opposite the Hippodrome theatre (near the statue of Neptune). Get off the bus at Clifton Village or at Christ Church, Clifton. The bridge is a short level walk from either of these bus stops. This bus journey is timetabled to go roughly every 10 minutes and will take approximately 24 minutes.
You can buy a ticket from the driver when you board the bus with cash or a contactless bank card. You can also buy a weekly or monthly ticket online in advance – or download the First Bus mobile app to buy single tickets in advance. The free First Bus smartphone app will also help with timetable information and journey planning.
The X3 and X3a services provide a journey between Bristol and Portishead every 30 minutes, in the daytime Monday – Friday. Where the routes combine the buses will run every 15 minutes in both directions Monday – Saturday.
This bus will stop along the A369 at the Clifton Lodge entrance of the Ashton Court Estate. It is then a short walk (7 minutes) along Bridge Road to reach the Visitor Centre.
Park and Ride
There is a Park and Ride service available at Long Ashton Park & Ride site (Route 505) which can take you to Clifton, Bristol Zoo, Redland and Southmead Hospital. To reach us, get off at Bristol Zoo and take a scenic walk along Ladies Mile and over Observatory Hill, where you will get a great view of the bridge. The Park & Ride site is located just off the A370 traveling into Bristol from North Somerset, Postcode: BS3 2HB.
Travelling by Car
Our Visitor Centre can be found at Bridge Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol, BS8 3PA – but please note that the Visitor Centre does not have a dedicated car park.
Parking in Clifton Village is pay and display, with up to 30 minutes free of charge (please obtain a ticket from the machine). Payment for longer periods can be made with coins, or by using the RingGo phone app. Use postcode BS8 4AW for your satnav. This will take you to the bridge approach at the junction of Observatory Road and Sion Hill on the furthest side of Clifton Village. It is best to park in the shopping area.
From Monday 28th February, a new pay and display scheme is in operation in the Leigh Woods. Charges apply from 9am-9pm on all days including bank holidays. Parking costs £1 an hour for up to 4 hours, or £6 for 12 hours in a long stay bay. Payment can be made at the machines, by text message or by using the MiPermit, either online of via the app.
There is a £1 toll charge to cross the bridge in a vehicle but you can cross the bridge on foot or by bicycle free of charge.
Visitors with Mobility Issues
Two disabled spaces are available next to the Leigh Woods toll booth which blue badge holders are welcome to use. The Visitor Information Centre is accessible at street level and the bridge itself is all on one level – but is 214m or 712ft long.
Read our Accessibility information or download our Access Guide. Read independent reviews of the Visitor Centre and see more images of the bridge, Centre and facilities at the AccessAble website.
Travelling by Bicycle
We are just off Route 334 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network at Ashton Court. Route 334 runs north to south, to the west of Bristol, and connects Sheepway (Portbury) and Felton via Ashton Court and Long Ashton.
Crossing the bridge on a pushbike is free of charge and there are cycle lanes on the approaches to the bridge at both sides which allow you to bypass the toll barriers. Please be aware of traffic and lowering barriers as you merge back into traffic for your crossing. There are bicycle racks opposite the Visitor Centre for your convenience – and popular cycle and mountain bike trails at nearby Ashton Court.
Travelling on Foot
To reach us on foot, you can follow the Avon Trail from Bristol City Centre, Pill – or even Bath. If you enjoy shorter walks or would like to bring your dog walking with you, ask in the Visitor Centre about some of the great walks in our area. We have maps and leaflets with routes you can follow, whether you’d prefer to go across the Downs, into the woods or find a nice route back into the city centre.
Travelling by Taxi
Travelling to Bristol
Bristol is only 90 minutes by train from London and 15 minutes by train from Bath. Journey times and prices vary according to the time of day. For more information please check train timetables (telephone +44 8457 48 49 50) or download an app such as trainline.com or Rome2Rio from your smartphone app store.
The Airport is well connected to European destinations, as well as Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. The Airport Flyer Express Bus Service takes 30 minutes to reach Bristol Temple Meads railway station in the city centre.
If you’re visiting from abroad, you might have questions about your personal safety. Bristol is a friendly city and crime figures for the Clifton Village and Leigh Woods area are low. Look after your belongings and remember that cars drive on the left in the UK.
The bridge is equipped with CCTV cameras and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Bridge Attendants, who wear yellow high visibility jackets. The Bridge Attendants can help you if you have a problem but if you feel you are in danger, telephone the Police on 999.
Many people like to visit the bridge in the evenings to see the illuminations and it is a popular destination for photographers and film makers.
If you are travelling back to Bristol City Centre at night, be aware that The Harbourside has lots of pubs and bars and may be busy, particularly on Fridays or Saturdays. In the city centre, you may see people begging for money, especially by cash machines. If you would like to help, you may prefer to buy a magazine from ‘Big Issue‘ vendors, who are identified by their red bibs and are working, not begging.