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Bristol: Clifton Suspension Bridge Vaults Experiences

1. Bristol: Clifton Suspension Bridge Vaults Experiences

Explore two of the twelve impressive stone vaults that support the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Discovered just 20 years ago, the largest chamber is 11 meters high and covered in incredible stalactites and was built by famous Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. All ticket holders must be aged 7 years or over, and must wear sturdy shoes with good grip. Hard Hat Tour One Hour. £15 General Admission This is your chance to take a look inside Brunel’s hidden vaults, rediscovered by an intrepid team of engineers and construction workers in 2002. Our knowledgeable volunteer guides will explain how the design of Brunel’s bridge was shaped by the influence of others, and how the young newcomer was able to make his name. You’ll hear all about the people who built and rediscovered the vaults before donning a hard hat, descending a ladder and taking a look for yourself. Vaults Visit One Hour. Adults £10, Children £8 Our Vaults Visits are a family-friendly way to explore inside the Leigh Woods Vaults. Put on your hard hat, climb down the ladder and follow our map as you explore the largest and most significant of the twelve stone vaults – an impressive underground echo chamber 11 meters high and festooned in stalactites. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATIONPlease ensure that all members of your group are aware of the following restrictions. For safety reasons, we may not be able to allow members of your party to access the vaults if they have not complied with the following: • Tours are suitable for age 7+ and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.• There is a minimum height limit of 1.2m. r>• Please wear sturdy shoes with good grip such as hiking boots or trainers. You will not be allowed to join the tour in heels or open-toed shoes.• This tour includes climbing a vertical ladder and passing through a low corridor. Please ensure that you are physically capable of doing so. Find more information at https://cliftonbridge.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Access-Guide.pdf • Please ensure that any camera, phone, or device you bring will fit in your pocket or bag so that you have two hands free to climb the ladder.• Only small rucksack type bags worn over both shoulders or bags with cross-body straps will be permitted inside the vaults. Large bags, handbags, umbrellas and so on can be stored securely at the Visitor Centre during your tour.• Be aware that the vaults can be wet and/or muddy inside, particularly after heavy rain. Please wear suitable clothing and ensure that cameras or mobile phones are protected from the calcite saturated water which may fall from the ceiling.

Bristol: Brunel’s Iconic Engineering Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Bristol: Brunel’s Iconic Engineering Self-Guided Audio Tour

Learn about Bristol through the life and work of master engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel on a walking tour that takes in two of his most iconic constructions. We’ll start out from the city centre docks at the world's first transatlantic steam ship, the SS Great Britain, and make our way along the mostly pedestrianised riverside to the Clifton Suspension Bridge Viewpoint, where you’ll have magnificent views of the bridge and the impressive Avon Gorge below it. Highlights include: The story of Brunel’s near-death experience, which brought him to Bristol in the first place Views of the SS Great Britain, the boat that bridged the gap between the UK and America The Brunel Swivel Bridge, which Brunel abandoned Views of the River Avon, the Avon Gorge and the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge, which was only completed after Brunel’s death in 1859 The abandoned Clifton Rocks Railway By the end of this tour, you’ll have a better appreciation for both Brunel’s rapidly industrialising world and what he did to give shape to the world we live in today.

Bristol: Self-Guided City Walk and Interactive Treasure Hunt

3. Bristol: Self-Guided City Walk and Interactive Treasure Hunt

Go Quest Adventures is turning the streets of Bristol into an Adventure Playground! Explore the streets of Bristol and unlock a hidden trail by finding clues, solving puzzles & completing challenges, earning points along the way all self-guided through the Go Quest Adventures app. See the area's highlights, explore it's hidden gems and learn some insider history and fun facts along the way (even locals will discover something new!). Bristol, a vibrant and bustling city with an independent spirit and once recognised as the UK’s kindest city. A historical port with swashbuckling pirates, famous for the Clifton Suspension Bridge, home to Wallace & Gromit and the celebrated street artist Banksy, Bristol is a must see location that won’t leave you disappointed. As the Quest is self guided you can: * Start your Quest whenever you want, get instant access with nothing to print off from home * Go as fast as you want and try to top the leaderboard, or go at your own pace, stopping for rest breaks along the way. Your Quest will start near Bristol Cathedral and wind you close to the harbour, through the old city streets and along some famous steps before returning to the site of one of Banksy’s most famous street works. During your Quest you might ‘meet’ a pirate or two, hear a gruesome tale of a doorway, and see one of the UK’s oldest playhouses. So grab your parrot and eye patch, put on some comfy shoes and get ready to explore the sights, discover hidden gems and ultimately, conquer your Bristol Quest! This is an ideal outdoor activity for couples, families, groups of friends, school groups and can be the perfect team building or corporate activity. Customised Quests and group packages are available by emailing hello@goquestadventures.com. Get Questing today!

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4.5 / 5

based on 15 reviews

This is a first rate activity o for both a seasoned Bristolian or a one-time visitor. The majesty of Brunel’s suspension bridge has to be seen to be believed. Being one of the privileged few to venture underneath into the vaults to see the toil of Victorian building work is incredible and the shear scale of the space is incredible. The volunteer tour guides are friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. I would recommend this trip to anyone. 10/10

Really enjoyed learning about the vaults. Pippa and her colleague were wonderful. This activity is also good for kids!

Great experience very interesting with a very knowledgeable guide.

Great tour, very interesting and two superb guides....