Guided tour

Bristol: Clifton Suspension Bridge Vaults Experiences

Guided tour

Bristol: Clifton Suspension Bridge Vaults Experiences

From US$ 12.34 per person

Explore two of the twelve vaulted chambers that were discovered just 20 years ago at Clifton Suspension Bridge. Choose from our 'Hard Hat' guided tours or the family-friendly 'Vaults Visit'.

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  • Marvel at the recently discovered vaults beneath Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • Put on your hard hat and climb down into the large and impressive chambers
  • Explore one of the UK's engineering marvels on the Hard Hat Tour
  • Enjoy a family adventure on the Vaults Visit, suitable for ages 7+
Full description

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.


Please 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 

• 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.

  • One hour guided Hard Hat Tour or self-guided Vault Visit
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 7 years
    • People with mobility impairments
    • People under 3 ft 9 in (120 cm)

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Hiking shoes
    • Comfortable clothes
    • Sports shoes

    Not allowed

    • Sandals or flip flops
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Skirts
    • Open-toed shoes

    Know before you go

    • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
    • This tour includes climbing a vertical ladder and passing through a low corridor. Please ensure that you are physically capable of doing so
    • Read the Important Safety Instruction in the Full Description before departing
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 6 reviews

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

    October 26, 2022

    I’m not sure what I was expecting but I was disappointed in the experience. It is basically just going in to 2 hollow vaults. As it was described as a good level of fitness I thought we would be venturing deeper in to the vaults

    October 12, 2022

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

    September 24, 2022

    Product ID: 418810