Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol (United Kingdom) - Victorian nineteenth century bridge

Location show on map

Bristol, England

Date of build

1836-1864

  • Building type: bridge
  • Architectural style: Functional Victorian
  • Material: Iron
  • Length: 214 meters
  • Architect: Isambard Kingdom Brunel Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Clifton Suspension Bridge description and facts:
This 26-meter high bridge is supported by old iron chains.

The main span is 214 meters (702 feet) long. The bridge looks great due to its height, it is located 76 m (250 ft) above the surface of the Avon Gorge below it.

Its shape is characteristic of this period, noble appearance and pylons, which have decorations in the form of sphinxes and hieroglyphs, were inspired by Egyptian culture.

Construction of the bridge was delayed due to lack of funds, was completed after Brunel's death, after using chains from his other work, Hungerford Suspension Bridge.

For over 100 years the bridge was the symbol of Bristol, like the Eiffel Tower of Paris, or the Opera House symbol of Sydney. Since its opening in 1864, the scrupulously made supports have ensured that the bridge has never been closed. It is difficult to imagine that this structure, which was designed in the 1930s, and built in the 60s of the same century and intended initially for transport for carts and horses, now carries a total of over 4 million cars a year.

Since 1991, pedestrians and motorcyclists have been crossing the bridge at no charge, but now a new toll collection system has been introduced. Special magnetic cards are sold on which a number of journeys are stamped, after its exhaustion a new transit card must be purchased. For example, 100 trips for 27 $, or 1000 trips for 120 $. Before entering the bridge, travelers are required to apply their cards to a special reader, which will check whether they can pass or not, and warns about the ending runs.

In recent years, the bridge was illuminated at night, but since 1991 a fault in the lines has forced the administration to look for more modern and more effective lighting systems. The sequence of single lights has been replaced by shiny rods.

In 1836 a steel beam was moved over the river. Brunel went first through the bridge. By 1843, both towers were ready, but there were no funds for the rest of the construction. The construction of the bridge was delayed, it was completed only after Brunel's death, after using materials from his other work, the Hungerford Suspension Bridge. To save money, the height of the towers has also been reduced. Until December 8, 1864, chains, 4,200 beams, and 500 tons of stones were laid out as a substructure and pedestrian lanes, then a ceremonial opening ceremony took place.

Official website: http://www.cliftonbridge.org.uk

Comments to Clifton Suspension Bridge (12) Average rating: 4,0 Add comment    /    Rate building

Your opinion
#0
Share your impressions... write something about the building...
4,0  /  5
Average rating

Based on 12 comments
.
#12
.
11 years ago
Byłem na tym moscie i jest bardzo fajnie :]
Ania
#11
Ania
11 years ago
Mieszkam obok tego mostu. Doadatkowy fakt: pierwszy raz na swiecie z tego mostu skakano na bungee ;)
mateusz
#10
mateusz
12 years ago
ten most jest niesamowity dlamnie to byla ameryka niesamowita
mateusz
#9
mateusz
12 years ago
wczoraj pierwszy raz byłem w Warszawie ,ten most jest niesamowity a swzczegulnie nosą .
Gosia
#8
Gosia
12 years ago
to jest co co warto zobaczyc (szczególnie nocą to romantyczne miejsce)
Maniek
#7
Maniek
12 years ago
też miałem przyjemność tam być !
Damian
#6
Damian
12 years ago
Piękny mościk :) właśnie na nim byłem i rzeczywiście w nocy prezentuje się bardzo ładnie
Damian
#5
Damian
12 years ago
Piękny mościk :) właśnie na nim byłem i rzeczywiście w nocy prezentuje się bardzo ładnie
zwierzak
#4
zwierzak
13 years ago
fajno.ładny
krzysztof
#3
krzysztof
14 years ago
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, to jeden z najwiekszych inżynierów
Ksienia
#2
Ksienia
14 years ago
bylem tam .piknie!
simon
#1
simon
15 years ago
most jest oki ale noca jest 100 razy lepszy niz w dzien polecam jesli ktos bedzie w bristolu tzrba to zobaczyc

Location on map / How to get there

Wojciech Andruszkiewicz
Weather nearby
Today (14 October)
current weather in this location
10 ° C
10 ° (min)     10,3 ° (max)
1,4 mm
2,9 m/s
1001 hPa
Tomorrow (15 October)
Tomorrow weather in this location
13 ° C
10,7 ° (min)     14 ° (max)
0,8 mm
1,6 m/s
1002,4 hPa
Show forecast for 14 days Source: openweathermap.org
Our website uses cookies to provide you with services at the highest level and for statistical and advertising purposes. By using this site, you agree to the use of cookies, more details in our cookies policy. Close