The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Clifton, Bristol

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge | © Kristoffer Trolle/Flickr
Milan Cater

Clifton village is one of the most beautiful suburbs of Bristol, lined with 18th and 19th-century terraces and home to majestic Georgian architecture and picturesque streets lined with independent shops, boutiques and cafés. Clifton is brimming with things to do and see. Whether you have an affinity for outdoor activities or a keen eye for fashion and trends, Clifton has more than enough to keep you occupied for more than just one visit.

1. Clifton Suspension Bridge


Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol
© Stu Smith / Flickr
The Clifton Suspension Bridge has been open to the public since December 8th, 1864, and has since become a distinctive symbol for the city of Bristol. Connecting Clifton to Leigh Woods, Somerset, the majestic bridge spans the River Avon and the Avon Gorge, providing majestic views of the city. Beautifully designed by William Henry Barlow and John Hawkshaw in Victorian fashion, this bridge is often featured in films and television programmes, and is often a venue for cultural events, from the first modern bungee jump in 1973 to a handover of the Olympic Torch relay in 2012.

2. Victoria Rooms

Building, University

The Victoria Rooms is an established Bristol landmark which first opened in 1842 and has served as one of the most important and lively cultural centres in West England. Apart from the 700-seater auditorium, inside you can find a recording studio, two bars and an elegant recital room. The ‘Vic’ Rooms has seen the likes of renowned soprano Jenny Lind and the talented Charles Dickens grace its stage with musical and literary performances and continues to be an excellent site for concerts and exhibitions. As part of the Department of Music at the University of Bristol, the Victoria Rooms is a top attraction in the Clifton borough.

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