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Clifton Rocks Railway

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

About Clifton Rocks Railway

The Clifton Rocks Railway is a former underground funicular railway linking Clifton to Bristol Harbour, which is now open to the public via pre-arranged tours.

Constructed in the late 19th century inside the cliffs of the Avon Gorge it was built so as to reduce the impact of a railway system on the picturesque local surroundings. It opened to the public on the 11th of March 1893 and operated for 40 years until it finally closed shortly before WW2. During the war it served as a communications post and bomb shelter and was also emergency studio base for the BBC.

Today the Clifton Rocks Railway is operated by a charitable trust which aims to preserve and restore the railway. There are occasional open days and the site is also available to visit via pre-booked tours.