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Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the Avon Gorge just outside the city of Bristol. It's history dates back to 1754 when a local wine merchant left money in his will for the building of a bridge but the project was dogged with troubles both political and financial. Thomas Telford judged a competition to find a design in 1829 and decided he could do better and declared himself the winner, much to the anger of many. A year later a second competition gave the commission for the bridge to 24 year old Isambard Kingdom Brunel as his first major project. Sadly Brunel died at the age of 53 with many major projects completed, but his bridge still unfinished. It finally opened in 1864, over a century after it was originally conceived. Despite its age, the bridge still handles 11-12,000 motor vehicles every day. Visitors will find an Interpretation Centre on the Leigh Woods side of the bridge which offers information about the history of the bridge and its modern role. The centre is open 10am - 5 pm daily.