You can download a full copy of our Access Statement and Guide from this page.
Arriving at the bridge
Bristol City council provides a list of accessible taxis.
There are two disabled parking spaces next to the Leigh Woods toll booth which blue badge holders are welcome to use. The Visitor Information Centre is situated just next to them and it and the bridge itself are all on one level. The bridge is 214m or 712ft long. Due to social distancing, there is currently no designated seating available on the bridge.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Our Front of House volunteers are here to welcome you! They love to chat and many of them also work as tour guides or are ex-engineers so they have a lot of information to share! Please also ask if you require orientation or about anything else you’d like to know.
Seating inside the Visitor Centre is currently limited. We’d recommend that you bring your own folding stool if you prefer to rest whilst reading our panel text.
There is an enclosed lift to the first floor. Please remember to keep your finger on the button to keep the lift in motion. (We recommend that users with mobility scooters reverse in as this makes it easier to exit again.)
An accessible toilet is located on the ground floor level.
The building is free to enter and has glass automatic doors which open when approached. On the left-hand side of the doors there is a glass panel which is used for the display of posters and informational signage. There is a small foyer area and a second set of automatic doors. Upon entering the building, the shop and reception desk will be to your left and the exhibition and stairs to your right.
Although the majority of our displays are text-based, our knowledgable volunteers are on hand every day to answer your questions about the bridge and talk to you about our exhibition.
An audio presentation which is 28 minutes long tells the story of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It has directional speakers which can be heard most clearly from the mezzanine level. It is narrated by Susannah Harker and includes a number of interviews with bridge staff, historians and local residents. The same content is available in our shop as a DVD with moving images.
The exhibition has a large amount of visual content – information and images.
A portable T-Loop is available at reception.
Babies and Young Children
A family toilet is available. It is equipped with baby change facilities and a step to reach the sink and toilet.
There is a children’s bannister on the main staircase to help younger visitors safely negotiate the stairs. A lift is also available for visitors unable to use the stairs. Please remember to keep your finger on the button to keep the lift in motion.
Our venue is breastfeeding friendly.
English as a Second or Other Language
All of the information in our exhibition is in English. However, you can download a short summary of the history of the bridge in the following languages from this page (created by volunteers):
If you have spotted a mistake or would like to volunteer to help us translate the history into another language, please get in touch.
Our volunteers come from all over the world and speak a lot of different languages. If you would like someone to tell you about the exhibition in another language, please contact us and we shall advise you of the best time to visit.
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Pre-Covid Accessibility Statement
Accessibility Statement 2019PDF File: 1.6 MB
Short_History_CSB AFRIKAANSPDF File: 145.2 KB
Short_History_CSB CantonesePDF File: 382.2 KB
Short_History_CSB DUTCHPDF File: 125.1 KB
Short_History_CSB FRENCHPDF File: 130.4 KB
Short_History_CSB GERMANPDF File: 122.6 KB
Short_History_CSB HungarianPDF File: 396.7 KB
Short_History_CSB ITALIANPDF File: 133.1 KB
Short_History_CSB JAPANESEPDF File: 137.5 KB
Short_History_CSB MANDARINPDF File: 286.9 KB
Short_History_CSB KOREANPDF File: 155.9 KB
Short_History_CSB POLISHPDF File: 128.2 KB
Short_History_CSB_PORTUGUESEPDF File: 137.8 KB
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Short_History_CSB_SWEDISHPDF File: 132.1 KB
Short_History_CSB URDUPDF File: 527.6 KB
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