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Clifton Suspension Bridge

This stunning bridge over the River Avon Gorge was the first major commission for one of England’s most famous engineers, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Despite its beauty, its construction was dogged by controversy from the beginning. The foundation stone was laid in 1831, but political and financial problems meant Brunel had been dead for five years before it finally opened in 1864. And although his original vision included Egyptian-style towers, their final construction was in rough stone.

The bridge spans more than 200 metres across the gorge and links Clifton in Bristol with Leigh Woods in North Somerset. Vehicles using the bridge pay a toll, but crossing is free for pedestrians. A strong symbol of the city of Bristol, it’s Grade 1 listed and is used by around 12,000 vehicles every day - not bad considering it was designed for horse drawn traffic!

Photo: Ted Davis

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It represents the amazing achievements of the victorian era and stands as a symbol of what is possible with a bit of vision and a lot of determination. Mindboggling considering the technology available at the time.

Jeremy Gardner


BRUNEL'S STUNNING BRIDGE IS A MASTERPIECE OF VICTORIAN ENGINEERING, MADE ALL THE MORE SPLENDID BY IT'S LOCATION.
JULIA BAKER


The Bridge is internationaly known and people come from all round the world to see it and it is part of Brunel 200 - his finest work sadly not compleated till after his death.
H B Roberts


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