Bristol – Clifton Suspension Bridge

A very short trip to Bristol. A little look at the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Description provided by Wikipedia:

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a world famous suspension bridge spanning the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. Since opening in 1864, it has been a toll bridge; the income from which provides funds for its maintenance. The bridge is built to a design by William Henry Barlow and John Hawkshaw, based on an earlier design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and contributed to by Sarah Guppy. It is a grade I listed building and forms part of the B3129 road.

The idea of building a bridge across the Avon Gorge originated in 1753. Original plans were for a stone bridge and later iterations were for a wrought ironstructure. In 1831, an attempt to build Brunel’s design was halted by the Bristol riots, and the revised version of his designs was built after his death and completed in 1864. Although similar in size, the bridge towers are not identical in design, the Clifton tower having side cut-outs, the Leigh tower more pointed arches atop a 110-foot (34 m) red sandstone-clad abutment. Roller-mounted “saddles” at the top of each tower allow movement of the three independent wrought iron chains on each side when loads pass over the bridge. The bridge deck is suspended by 162 vertical wrought-iron rods in 81 matching pairs.

The Clifton Bridge Company initially managed the bridge under licence from a charitable trust. The trust subsequently purchased the company shares, completing this in 1949 and took over the running of the bridge using the income from tolls to pay for maintenance. The bridge is a distinctive landmark, used as a symbol of Bristol on postcards, promotional materials, and informational web sites. It was also used as a backdrop to several films and television advertising and programmes. It has also been the venue for significant cultural events such as the first modern bungee jump in 1979, the last ever Concorde flight in 2003 and a handover of the Olympic Torch relay in 2012.


A little day trip to Liverpool. It was bitterly cold, but as we were walking around it did feel too bad.

Started off by looking around the Library. What a fascinating place. As you can see from the below. The old part of the building is a circular affair.

Not just the interior of the building is circular, the stairs are too, going up to the various levels. 

They even have a gaming room for those that are into computer games.

The the outside of the building is also the World Museum. The library part is that little door on the right.

Next we wandered into the St John’s Gardens.

Across from the Liverpool Lime Street station, is this building below. We liked all the columns, but not sure what building it is, I think it might be St George’s Hall.

The other side of the station was this colourful Crown Hotel.

We next walked down to the Albert Docks. So the next series of photos are from that area.

This old double-decker bus was converted into Diner. It looked like a fish ‘n’ chip place, where you can get your food from the counter downstairs, then go upstairs to eat it.

Mermaid House on Albert Docks.

You can see the Liver Building here, which is beside Albert Dock.

Statue of Billy Fury.

There are padlocks all along the chains across Albert Docks. These are Love Locks:

A love lock is a padlock which people attach to a fence or bridge or other permanent structure to signify their love. These locks can be found all over the world and there are some at Liverpool’s Albert Dock. Locks have been added to the fences near the River Mersey decorating the chains with symbols of love. Many of them have been inscribed with messages and as you walk along, you notice beautiful and intricate padlock designs along with the with different dates such as when couples met, were engaged and married.

We walked into the Museum of Liverpool and saw these steam trains.

Heading back to the car, we had to walk to the Cavern Club, and see the status of Cilla Black outside.

This final image is one of irony. On the one side of the road is Ghoulies Haunted House and Bar, then on the other side, is an NHS Blood Bank with the sign “Give Blood”.