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Clifton Suspension Bridge

Both striking and practical, this bridge has long been the symbol of the city of Bristol.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the River Avon and links Clifton, a shopping district in Bristol, to Leigh Woods in the county of Somerset. Opened in 1864, the bridge is the brainchild of renowned mechanical and civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It has become a major landmark of the area, and is worth visiting even if you don’t need to cross it.

Brunel was just 24 when he won the commission to build the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Although construction began on the bridge in 1831, the project was abandoned 12 years later, due to poor funding and political issues. Only following Brunel’s death in 1859 was it decided the bridge would be completed as a memorial to him.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is held up by 81 wrought-iron rods. The towers at either end are made from local pennant sandstone. The bridge is 1,352 feet (412 meters) long, and hovers 245 feet (75 meters) above the Avon. The bridge can only carry a limited weight at any one time, and is closed for major annual events. Still, more than 8,000 vehicles cross it every day.

The bridge has its own visitor center, on the Leigh Woods side. Here you can see exhibits and a film about the bridge’s construction. There’s also a gift shop. Free guided tours of the bridge are given weekend afternoons and bank holidays. There’s no need to book. The visitor center is open daily, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

It’s fairly easy to get to the bridge by public transport. Buses run regularly from the main station, Bristol Temple Meads. Cycle lanes are on the approach to both sides of the bridge. By car, the bridge is a 15-minute drive from the center of Bristol. It’s free to walk or cycle across the bridge, but there is a toll for cars. Parking is much easier on the Leigh Woods side.


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Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

College Green, Bristol, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Harbourside, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St Nicholas Market and University of Bristol. Cabot Circus Shopping Centre and Clifton Suspension Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). Bristol Temple Meads Station is 19 minutes by foot and Bristol Clifton Down Station is 21 minutes.

    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre £71
    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre

    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre

    2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Bristol City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Castle Park, Cabot Circus Shopping Centre and Broadmead Shopping Centre. St. Peters Church and The Galleries Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 13 minutes by foot and Bristol Montpelier Station is 19 minutes.

      Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin £79
      Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

      Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

      Sion Hill, Clifton, Bristol, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Clifton, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Clifton Downs and Observatory, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Zoo. Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery and SS Great Britain are also within 1 mile (2 km). Bristol Clifton Down Station is 23 minutes by foot.

        ibis Bristol Centre £47
        ibis Bristol Centre

        ibis Bristol Centre

        Explore Lane, Bristol, England
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Harbourside, this hotel is steps away from Millennium Square, We The Curious and Bristol Cathedral. Queen Square and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 19 minutes by foot and Bristol Bedminster Station is 23 minutes.

          Rodney Hotel £51
          Rodney Hotel

          Rodney Hotel

          4 Rodney Place, Clifton, Bristol, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Clifton, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Clifton Downs and Observatory and Clifton Suspension Bridge. Bristol Zoo and Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery are also within 15 minutes. Bristol Clifton Down Station is 18 minutes by foot and Bristol Redland Station is 29 minutes.

            Future Inn Bristol £67
            Future Inn Bristol

            Future Inn Bristol

            Bond Street South, Bristol, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Bristol, this hotel is steps away from Showcase Cinema De Lux and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. The Galleries Shopping Centre and Broadmead Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 14 minutes by foot and Bristol Montpelier Station is 18 minutes.

              Bright 2 Bedroom Apartment in Central Bristol
              Bright 2 Bedroom Apartment in Central Bristol

              Bright 2 Bedroom Apartment in Central Bristol

              Westfield Place, Bristol, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Clifton, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Clifton Downs and Observatory, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Zoo. Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery and Cabot Tower are also within 1 mile (2 km). Bristol Clifton Down Station is 21 minutes by foot.

                5 Bedroom House Near Clifton
                5 Bedroom House Near Clifton

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                Hotwell Road, Bristol, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Clifton, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Clifton Downs and Observatory, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Zoo. SS Great Britain and Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery are also within 1 mile (2 km). Bristol Clifton Down Station is 29 minutes by foot.