Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre

Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre
Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust
Bridgemaster's Office
Leigh Woods
City of Bristol

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014




0117 974 4664


General Enquiries

+44 (0) 117 974 5255

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
A night time photo of the Clifton Suspension Bridge
Guided tours icon Shop icon Visual disability facilities icon Wheelchair access icon

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a world famous icon of the city of Bristol. Designed in the 1830s by the Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it was not completed until 1864. Remarkably it still copes admirably with the 11,000 vehicles which cross it every day. Locals and visitors alike come to marvel at its sight and the views from it. The Visitor Centre tells the story of the Bridge from Brunel up until today.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Science centre, Industrial heritage site, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

A visitor centre containing information about the history, construction and maintenance of the Bridge is situated on the Leigh Woods side of the Bridge. Entry is free (donations welcome) and it is open 10.00 to 5.00 daily throughout the year.
Guided Tours for groups and schools are available at any time by arrangement.
Free Guided Tours are operated by volunteer guides at 3.00pm on weekend afternoons Easter to end of October (NB these tours are not suitable for large organised groups for whom separate arrangements apply)

Closed: 24th, 25th and 26th December

Admission charges

Entry to the Visitor Centre is free - although donations are appreciated at the door.
Guided tours for groups and schools are charged at £2.50 pp (minimum total charge £60.00)

Collection details

Architecture, Archives, Design, Inland Waterways, Science and Technology, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Clifton Suspension Bridge free art class

Drawing an Icon - Free Art Course for Adult Learners

  • 24 September 2014 6:30-8:30pm

Whatever your level, come and try your hand with pastels, pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor or mixed media on this three week evening course. Expert tuition provided by established local artist and tutor, William Smith.

Limited to 12 spaces so booking in advance is essential. You can book via the events page on our website or call or email Helen Jeffrey on 0770 3609277

Suitable for

  • 18+


Burwalls House
Bridge Road
Leigh Woods

Getting there

Burwalls House is the red gothic building on the Leigh Woods side of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Additional info

Enjoy Drawing an Icon inspired by the 150th Anniversary Year of the completion of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, in the magnificent dining room of Burwalls House. Light refreshments will be provided. Toilets on site.

Access is via pedestrian entrance on Bridge Road. Free on-street parking is available on Burwalls Road and North Road. Disabled access is offered, please let a member of staff know in advance.


each class is free however there is a £3 fee payable to the tutor for materials if required.


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Public Guided Tours

Guided tours of the Bridge by knowledgeable staff are available at any time by arrangement.
If you are a group leader or organiser why not make a visit to the Bridge more interesting? There is more to admire than just the view. Tours are in English but we are used to welcoming visitors of all ages from all over the world for whom English is not their first language.
Free guided tours are provided for the public every Sunday afternoon from Easter Sunday to mid September. Meet/start at 3.00pm at the toll booth at the Clifton end of the Bridge.

How to obtain

Contact Mr Mike Rowland on 0117 974 4664 or email

Interactory Online Resources and Tours

Building the Clifton Suspension Bridge was one of the hardest projects Isambard Kingdom Brunel ever undertook, demanding major Victorian technical ingenuity. But beyond what you can see lie the secrets that have kept the bridge upright for almost a hundred and fifty years.
Take a tour through this website to discover the bridge's history; construction; and its setting, the Avon Gorge wildlife haven. You can also watch or download video and audio tours and podcasts onto your phone, PDA or computer.

School Curriculum Guided Tours

We welcome everyone from Year 1 through to A2 Level. We can support the curriculum in various ways including
KS1 - the study of significant individuals in British History.
KS2 - Victorian Britain.
KS3 - the study of Britain 1790-1900.
There are also opportunities for cross-curricular and non-curriculum work in science, design and technology, mathematics, geography, ICT, art etc. We are limited only by the imagination!

How to obtain

Please allow one hour from arrival to departure.
Prices are £2.50 per person with a minimum charge per group of £50.00. There is no charge for adults accompanying school groups with pupils aged 16 years and under.
Contact Mr Mike Rowland on 0117 974 4664 or email to book.