Top 8 Most Impressive Bridges in the UK

Check out our list of the top 8 most stunning bridges in the UK.

Culture & History, Europe

Many cities in the UK are known for their gorgeous architectural pieces and impressive cityscapes, most of which are actually adorned by some of the most beautiful bridges in the world. So, if this is something you want to see, check out our list of the top eight most stunning bridges in the UK. 

  1. Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol’s one of the most recognisable monuments, might look like simply a beautiful piece of architecture and a convenient crossing, but for the citizens, it symbolises a lot more. Not only does it allow you the best scenery of Bristol, but it is also a statement of the city becoming one with original and independent thinkers.

  1. Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct, Inverness-shire

Undoubtedly, the most famous and perceptible construction in the Scottish Highlands, the Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct, draws the attention of people from all around the world. Seeing the bridge is almost always a part of any tours to Scotland, and more often than not, Harry Potter fans just want to see the famous road to Hogwarts.

Bridges in the UK
Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct
  1. Westminster Bridge, London

If you need help getting from Scotland to Britain, take the train from Glasgow to London, and get ready to explore one of the most significant landmarks in the UK. Westminster Bridge is the oldest surviving road bridge in London, with impressive construction of 827 feet long elliptical cast-iron arches and grey granite.

  1. The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim

Built by the fishermen approximately three hundred years ago, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is one of the most unique and outstanding monuments in Northern Ireland. The unsteady walk will give you a bit of an adrenaline rush, but the sights of natural beauty and Carrick Island will make it worth it.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  1. Humber Bridge, Kingston upon Hull

The famous crossing between Hessle, East Yorkshire, and Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire, is truly a spectacular sight to see! Known in the world as the longest bridge you can cross by bike or on foot, Humber Bridge stands proudly among the most impressive ones in the UK. Since its opening in 1981, the bridge has yet to see any less traffic.

Humber Bridge bridges in the UK
Humber Bridge
  1. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wrexham 

Recognised by UNESCO as a work of creative genius, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct only beautifies and adds to Wales’s panorama. This highly innovative monumental civil engineering structure stands above the River Dee, supported by metal arches and high, slender masonry piers. However, keep in mind that it is now closed to pedestrians for a short period due to maintenance.

  1. Infinity Bridge, County Durham

The impressive title says it all. Certainly the most visited monument in County Durham, the Infinity Bridge is a genius construction of two asymmetrical arches and a steel road. However, the best way to enjoy its magnificence is if you look at it at night – that is when the name starts making sense. When illuminated, the arches create a reflection in the water, which then looks like the mathematical symbol of Infinity.

  1. The Bridge of Sighs, Cambridgeshire

The one with probably the most romantic and beautiful name, the Bridge of Sighs, is a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic style, titled by Venice’s famous Ponte dei Sospiri bridge. It serves as an iconic feature of St. John’s College and is one of the top sites to visit while in Cambridge.

Enjoy the most beautiful crossings in the UK, and learn of their history and architectural development. Also, remember to always check if pedestrians are allowed. Happy exploring!

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