Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol
Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of the most beautiful engineering structures in the world. It is located in the suburb of Bristol, UK. The bridge spans the Avon Gorge and connects Clifton in Bristol with Lee Woods in North Somerset. The bridge crosses the Avon River, its total length is 230 meters, and the span over the river is 190 meters. This is a single-lane road bridge, which does not prevent it from being a popular destination for travelers. All day and night you can meet here an infinite number of tourists with cameras, and just couples in love.
This is one of the main attractions of the city and country. Clifton Suspension Bridge was built for 28 years, from 1836 to 1864. The process was interrupted and postponed several times. Kingdom Engineer Isambard Brunel began construction of the bridge on his own project. It was the first large-scale construction in his career. Unfortunately, Brunel died in 1859 before he could complete the work. His colleagues from the Institute of Civil Engineers decided that the completion of the bridge would be the best monument in honor of the engineer. On December 8, 1864, the Clifton Suspension Bridge was opened to traffic.
This striking example of suspended structures attracts experts in extreme sports from around the world. The first jump from a springboard from a suspension bridge in Clifton was made in April 1979. The bridge will not disappoint you, even if you are not a fan of such entertainment. You will be amazed by the view from the suspension bridge to the sights of Bristol. Clifton Observatory with its famous camera obscura; Bristol caves, including the Cave of the Giants – the most famous of them. All this and many other local attractions also attract tourists. And though it is not in the top 10 most famous bridges in the world, the Clifton Bridge definitely deserves attention.
The construction has a nuance – there is a danger that the bridge will not withstand too large loads. Therefore, during mass celebrations in Bristol, such as the International Balloon Festival, the bridge is closed. They say that the bridge is also famous as a place of suicide. However, active struggle with this is being carried out today, and the bridge was fenced with high railings.