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Barton Swing Aqueduct

Chapel Place, Off Redclyffe Road | Trafford, Trafford, England
+44 161 912 5931
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Ranked #7 of 13 attractions in Trafford
Type: Bodies of Water
Most recent review
- Sep 28, 2013
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English first
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

A typical example of the skill in overcoming obstacles in the heyday of british engineering. A canal bridge that retains water but can swing to allow boats on the ship canal to pass.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

In it's day, this was one of the wonders of the world, as was the original stone aqueduct that came before it. Built to carry the Bridgewater Canal across the Manchester Ship Canal, it was necessary for it to turn to allow ocean going ships to pass. A remarkable piece of engineering.

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Sale, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Try and go when there is a boat due along the ship canal - usually there is one late morning I think. This is a masterpiece of engineering.

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Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
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97 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

This is just 5 minutes from the M60, and worth spending a few minutes to look at some excellent Victorian Engineering. Read up about it first, and if you have time, wait until a ship passes below or a barge passes over. If you don’t appreciate engineering, then it will bore you as it just looks like a bridge.

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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

2 minutes from Trafford centre, Eccles town centre nearby, ships all shapes and sizes pass through daily.

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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Good old bridge to see, and opening and closing is worth seeing although the area is quite run down, so not a place to go alone really, safety in numbers :-)

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

Engineering seems simple but very effectively done.

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