If there is one single thing that typifies Bristol then the Clifton Suspension Bridge is surely it. This iconic structure connects the two sides of the Avon Gorge and has attracted visitors from across the globe since its opening nearly 150 years ago. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was awarded the contract to design the bridge 'his first significant project' and although he died before it was finished, it remains a fantastic legacy and still carries between 11-12,000 vehicles each day. Parking for the bridge can be difficult as on-street parking is the only option on either side of the bridge. Be careful to park within the law as the rules are strictly enforced by the Council. It is generally easier to park on the Leigh Woods side.
Alternatively, the number 8 bus from the city centre is the one to catch, and the open-top bus tours also take in the bridge. For sat-nav users, the postcodes are BS8 3PA for Leigh Woods and BS8 4BW on the Clifton side. There are free guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays from Easter to the end of October that leave at 3pm from the toll booth on the Clifton side of the bridge. Allow an hour to complete the tour.