The Clifton Rocks Railway was an underground funicular railway in Bristol, England, linking Clifton at the top to Hotwells and Bristol Harbour at the bottom of the Avon Gorge in a tunnel cut through the limestone cliffs.Make Clifton Rocks Railway part of your personalized Bristol itinerary using our Bristol holiday planning website .
The upper station is close to Brunel's famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and is located adjacent to the former Grand Spa Hotel (now the Avon Gorge Hotel). The lower station was opposite the paddle steamer landing ferries in Hotwells, Hotwells railway station of the Bristol Port Railway and Pier, a terminus of Bristol Tramways and the Rownham ferry enabling connections across the river Avon.
Construction of the railway was funded by the publisher George Newnes, also proprietor of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, and as at Lynton and Lynmouth the engineer was George Croydon Marks. It opened on 11 March 1893 and carried 6,220 passengers on the opening day, and 427,492 in the first year of operation. However, it was never a great success; in 1912 it was sold to Bristol Tramways, but it continued to struggle and closed on 1 October 1934.
Clifton Rocks Railway Reviews
We visited as part of the Heritage Weekend and it was clearly quite popular, given the queue to do the tour. However, we didn't have to wait too long to join one of the tour groups. Our volunteer guid... more »
This place only opens to the public just two days a year at the Bristol Open Doors Event. This year we visited on the Sunday and arrived at about 11am and only waited about twenty minutes to get on a ... more »
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