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Clifton Town Information

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Clifton Suspension Bridge - Photo © Philip Halling
Clifton Suspension Bridge -
Photo: Philip Halling CCL

  Boasting the longest Georgian crescent in the country, Clifton’s prosperity dates back to the 18th century when it became home to many affluent Bristolians.

Its chief modern attraction, however, is the 702ft Clifton Suspension Bridge, which towers 245ft above the dramatic Avon Gorge and attracts visitors from across the globe.
The magnificent structure was the first major commission undertaken by Britain’s greatest engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who sadly died in 1859 at the age of 53 before the cash-strapped project could be finished.

Clifton’s Roman Catholic cathedral is remarkable in having taken only three years to build in the 1970s while Clifton Observatory stands high on a hill above the Avon and contains the only camera obscura in the country open to the public.

The Observatory Clifton - Photo © Richard Thomson
The Observatory Clifton -
Photo: Richard Thomson CCL

Hippo Bristol Zoo - Photo © William J Bagshaw
Hippo Bristol Zoo - Photo: William J Bagshaw CCL

  The 19th century observatory was created in a disused windmill by the artist William West.

Nearby is St Vincent’s Cave, otherwise known as Giant’s Cave, and Bristol Zoo, which stands on local downs.