From historic structures to futuristic modern designs, Musement reveals some of the UK’s most spectacular bridges
The United Kingdom has some of the world’s finest bridges; many considered to be the greatest feats of engineering, connecting towns and countries throughout the UK. More than just a transport aid, many bridges in the UK have become icons of their cities, renowned for their architecture, history and heritage. From an old pack-horse bridge built in the 1700’s to awe-inspiring suspension bridges, Musement takes a look at 10 of the most spectacular bridges in the UK:
1. Tower Bridge, London
Tower Bridge, a must-see London attraction and one of the most instantly recognizable structures in the world. The bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge that crosses the River Thames. Built between 1886-1894, the bridge is 800 feet in length with two towers, each 213 feet high. You can access the deck freely by car or on foot, whereas the bridge’s twin tower, high-level walkways and Victorian engine rooms are accessible as part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.
2. Tyne Bridge, Newcastle
The defining symbol of Tyneside, the Tyne Bridge was the biggest single span bridge in the UK when it was opened in 1928. More than just a beautiful landmark and transport aid, it is a central part of Newcastle’s cultural landscape and history.
3. Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol
Spanning the Avon Gorge in Bristol, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is a famous characteristic of the city. Opened in 1864, the bridge was originally designed to cater for horse drawn carriages but now serves as a crossing for around 9,000 vehicles a day.
4. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Lochaber
Calling all Harry Potter fans! Glenfinnan Viaduct attracts thousands of visitors every year and is famously known as the bridge that the Hogwarts Express travels over in the Harry Potter films. Opened in 1901, this iconic bridge carries the railway to Glenfinnan Station, 100 ft above the ground.
5. Pulteney Bridge, Bath
Pulteney Bridge crosses the River Avon in Bath. Completed in 1774, the bridge has been designated as a Grade I listed building. The picturesque bridge has shops built across its span on both sides and is close to the city centre of Bath, a World Heritage Site city largely because of its Georgian architecture.
6. Carrbridge, Highlands
Carrbridge’s most famous landmark, an old pack-horse bridge, from which the village is named. Built in 1717, it is the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands of Scotland. One of the most picturesque bridges on the list, it is now deemed unstable to cross and recommended to be viewed only from afar.
7. Clyde Arc, Glasgow
Famously known as the ‘Squinty Bridge’, the Clyde Arc connects Finnieston with Govan. Officially opened in 2006, the bridge was part of a massive regeneration project in Glasgow. The most prominent feature of this Glasgow landmark is the innovative curved design and slanted crossing.
8. Kylesku Bridge, Sutherland
This bridge has risen to fame due to the rise in popularity of the North Coast 500 driving route. Completed in 1984, it replaced a long running boat service, and helped travellers avoid a 100-mile route on land. The best viewpoint of the bridge and the wider scenery is from the carpark, to the north side of the bridge.
9. Severn Bridge, Aust/Chepstow
A spectacular suspension bridge crossing the River Severn and the River Wye between Wales and England. Opened in 1966 by Queen Elizabeth II, the bridge was hailed as marking a ‘new economic era for South Wales’. The best place to photograph the bridge is the observation deck of the ‘Severn View Services Station’, located on the English side.
10. Humber Bridge, Hull
At nearly 1.4 miles long, the iconic Humber Bridge was the longest single span suspension bridge in the world when it was built in 1981 and remains the eleventh longest worldwide today. As well as driving, you can also walk or cycle across the bridge for unrivalled views of Hull.