OPEN HOUSE, TOURS & ART EXHIBITION
Bridges: how do you keep them up? Discover how the Clifton Suspension Bridge is monitored and maintained in celebration of the new toll houses.
Visit the Maintenance Workshop to explore the history of bridge preservation and learn how experts monitor and maintain Brunel’s superstructure today.
Talks on the hour 10-4pm.
Sound installations: In the Visitor Centre, find out how students from Bristol and Bath have used monitoring equipment to translate the movement of the bridge into sound installations.
Painting exhibition: Visit the Education Workshop to see an exhibition of paintings by the popular Clifton Arts Club.
NB: Underground tours are not part of this event.
THE SUSPENDED MUSEUM
It’s a staple of our city skyline and a recognisable landmark across the UK, but walk across this familiar crossing on Saturday 14 Sept and you’ll discover a whole new side to the bridge.
For one day only, suspend your disbelief as Brunel’s bridge is turned into Bristol’s highest museum, labelled with fascinating facts and flabbergasting figures surrounding its engineering and maintenance!
You might be surprised how old, how heavy and how strong some parts of it are. Look out for Bridge Engineers, who’ll be out on the bridge all day ready to answer your questions about the care and maintenance of this beloved crossing.
Pick up a fun family quiz sheet from the Visitor Centre to help you explore the bridge in a whole new way.
The world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge was the far-fetched dream of wine merchant William Vick. Hailed as ‘the ornament of Bristol and the Wonder of the age’ when construction began in 1831, it was designed by 23 year old Isambard Kingdom Brunel and took over 30 years to complete, opening in 1864 as a memorial dedicated to the engineer. The bridge is illuminated each evening, lighting up half an hour before sunset. Photographers may like to visit the viewpoints on Sion Hill or at the Cumberland Basin.