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Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, opened in 1864, spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. . It was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and is a grade I listed building. The original idea of building a bridge across the gorge was in 1753 when plans were drawn up for the construction of a stone bridge, the revised edition of Brunel’s plans were built after his death and completed in 1864. Today the bridge is a distinctive landmark, used as a symbol of Bristol on postcards and promotional materials. There is a Visitor centre at the Leigh Wood end of the bridge which contains information about the plans, building and completion of the bridge, how it is maintained, books and souvenirs. The Visitor Centre is open daily throughout the year except 24th, 25th and 26th December. There are also guided Tours of the Bridge available.

Bridge Dimensions

Total Length – 1,352 ft ( 412 m )
Width – 31 ft ( 9.4 m )
Longest Span – 702 ft (214.05 m )
Clearance Below – 245 ft (75 m ) above high water level
Opened – 1864

Official Website : www.cliftonbridge.org.uk

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