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The graceful Georgian mansions of Clifton sit high above the city. They flank the deep slash of the Avon Gorge, spanned by the arc of the world's oldest suspension bridge. Fanning out beneath the conspicuous wealth of these mansions built on the proceeds of the transatlantic slave-trade is a vibrant waterfront city. Its skin is tattooed with monumental street art and its post-industrial buildings are inhabited by artists and makers from all over Europe. Once England's second city after London, the star of commerce has long since faded. Bristol occupies itself instead with the serious business of creativity.

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CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE

Architectural sight

  • The Clifton Suspension Bridge bisects the Avon Gorge, which snakes through a limestone ridge west of Bristol’s centre. Opened in 1864, after a 36 year building period dogged by financial difficulties, riots, and the death of its architect Isambard Kingdom Brunel, this structure has become a symbol of the city. An early morning walk through the pastel hued terraces of Clifton village will take you to the edge of the gorge, where the bridge can be viewed against the dark grandeur of Leigh Woods.

  • ADDRESS: Bridgemaster's Office, Bridge Rd, Bristol, BS8 3PA, UK

  • PHONE: 0117 974 4664

  • WEBSITE: cliftonbridge.org.uk

 

 

CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE

Architectural sight

  • The Clifton Suspension Bridge bisects the Avon Gorge, which snakes through a limestone ridge west of Bristol’s centre. Opened in 1864, after a 36 year building period dogged by financial difficulties, riots, and the death of its architect Isambard Kingdom Brunel, this structure has become a symbol of the city. An early morning walk through the pastel hued terraces of Clifton village will take you to the edge of the gorge, where the bridge can be viewed against the dark grandeur of Leigh Woods.

  • ADDRESS: Bridgemaster's Office, Bridge Rd, Bristol, BS8 3PA, UK

  • PHONE: 0117 974 4664

  • WEBSITE: cliftonbridge.org.uk