Clifton Suspension Bridge is a masterful piece of engineering, that spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon. It is located in the quaint clifton village which has countless independent shops and cafes. Parking can be an issue but buses are always running from Bristol city centre or a short but steep walk through clifton village allows you to relax and enjoy the views this location has to offer.
Countless benches surround the bridge at all angles allowing you to sit and take in the views, listen to music or read a book in a stunning location. It can be a very popular tourist location in the summer but getting here early in the morning or evening allows you to witness the sun rising or setting. This is also an amazing spot to do some outdoor Yoga so why not make the most of your time in bristol, bring a yoga mat and do some early morning outdoor yoga.
Clifton observatory enables people to go down a 130 step tunnel which allows you to look out over the Avon Gorge. The price stands at £2.50 per person and can be very claustrophobic so be warned. If you can go down then it is fully worth the money for another perspective of clifton suspension bridge you won’t find anywhere else.
A visitor centre is situated across the bridge which is free to visit. Inside you will find information regarding the history of the bridge allowing you to take some time out of your busy day and learn how this 140 year bridge came to exist. A tour is available 3pm every Saturday and Sunday from the clifton toll booth. more info can be found here. https://www.cliftonbridge.org.uk/visit/visitor-centre
The best time to visit is in summer to have the sun perched over the bridge or in autumn where the surrounding forest will be multiple colours of orange. I normally purchase a bubble tea from the shop Cupp, located in the city centre which helps me relax and refreshes me after making the 30 minute walk from the city centre. If you are in Bristol this is an absolute must to visit especially in the morning to relax in the morning sun.