Brunel’s world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge is the symbol of Bristol – but how and why was it built? Cross the Avon Gorge 75 metres above the high tide mark and find out why the design of the Bridge changed so many times, how daredevil bridge builders managed to get the suspension chains from one side to the other, the impressive secret discovered 140 years after the bridge first opened - and what the mysterious Latin inscription ‘Suspensa Vix Via Fit’ really means.
On 21st June 1831 a modest ceremony was held to commemorate the start of work on the Clifton Suspension Bridge appointed as Project Engineer was 23 year old Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It took 33 years to complete Brunel's 'first love'. Go and visit the bridge to find out why.
FREE GUIDED TOURS are provided for the public on Bank Holidays and Saturday and Sunday afternoons from Easter to the end of October half term.
Meet at 3.00pm at the toll booth at the Clifton end of the Bridge where you will spot a guide in an orange jacket.
There is no need to book - just turn up and allow one hour for the tour and remember you'll be outside so dress for the weather!
Smartphone users can download the Bridge Tales app or try the audio trail: look for the signs on the city side of the bridge between the towers and the bridge deck. Scan a QR code or enter a web address to hear three different tracks which will tell you about the history of the bridge and the local area.
The bridge illuminations can be seen each night - beginning half an hour before sunset and finishing at midnight. The current illuminations were installed in 2005/06. They provide an award-winning display, and have been designed to reduce energy consumption. With all the other fittings, there are a total of 3072 bulbs on the bridge.
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