Clifton Suspension Bridge (Clifton, Bristol) Reviews
Description:The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge, spanning the Avon Gorge and linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh ... more
Clifton Suspension Bridge (Clifton, Bristol) ... Woods in North Somerset, UK. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it is a distinctive landmark that is often used as a symbol of Bristol. It is a grade I listed building. The bridge has long had a reputation as a suicide spot. Because of this, dedicated telephones with a direct line to The Samaritans were placed beside the bridge. However, the phones have since been vandalised and there are now only wires dangling from where the phones once hung. In 1885, a 22 year old woman called Sarah Ann Henley survived a jump from the bridge when her billowing skirts acted as a parachute, and subsequently lived into her eighties.
Newest Review: ... Institution of Civil Engineers who wanted the bridge to be completed as a memorial to Brunel's work. When I visited the bridge for the first time, it was at night, and the entire bridge is illuminated, so it looks a remarkable sight for whichever direction you approach it. We stopped at a small car park at one end of the bridge and walked across the large structure, which has a footpath on ... more
Customer Clifton Suspension Bridge (Clifton, Bristol) Reviews (4)
by - written on 06/03/10 (Very useful, 125 readings)
This review is of the Bristol bridge, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which has become a local tourist attraction. For some time a bridge was planned to cross the Avon river, and after some funds were obtained, in 1830 a competition for designers was held to design the bridge crossing. Isambard Kingdom Brunel submitted three different designs, but all of his designs, and that of all the other entrants were rejected by the judge, Thomas Telford. Telford himself put forward an alternative design plan, but this was rejected due to controversy over the whole judging procedure. The bridge as it currently stands is primarily a design of Isambard Kingdom ... Read the complete review
by - written on 26/11/09 (Useful, 76 readings)
My husband was born in Cork but grew up in Clifton, Bristol, a stone's throw away from the Suspension Bridge. Having visited his family in the area several times as we dated and then after we married, I only very recently actually walked across the Suspension Bridge. I had seen it several times before, of course, from the balcony of the Clifton Hotel and as we drove along the parkway, but for whatever reason, we had never had any occasion to walk or even drive across it. Finding nothing to do on a particularly sunny October Saturday when we were down, we decided to try it out. We had walked across the Golden Gate Bridge whilst in San Francisco, and though I am ... Read the complete review
by - written on 18/05/09 (Useful, 156 readings)
The suspension bridge is an iconic piece of bristol that is definitely worth a visit. The bridge stretches across the Avon Gorge linking Clifton/Redlands area to Leigh Woods/Ashton Court Estate. The bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was a ground breaking construction when it was built and today is as good as the day it was built. The bridge has traffic and pedestrian crossings, there is a toll for cars but pedestrain access is free. The pedestrian crossing has breath-taking views along the gorge towards the Severn Estuary and Cumberland Basin/South Bristol. There is extensive CCTV and anti climb wire fencing, this is to prevent potential suicides as ... Read the complete review
by - written on 28/11/06 (Very useful, 4399 readings)
Those of you who know me well, or who have long memories, will know that I have two heroes in life, both Engineers. One was a family member, my Great Uncle Bill, the other Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Both as it happens were engineers. I had, very much wanted to be in Bristol on the weekend of April 8th / 9th 2006, in order to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Brunel's birth. Due to circumstances beyond my control, this just was not possible. I was at the time fortunate enough to get hold of the excellent set of Royal mail commemorative stamps from our local post office, the 60p one of which shows a period print of the very subject of this review. ... Read the complete review
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