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Address: Paddington Basin | Grand Union Canal, London W2, England
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Every Friday, at midday, the Rolling Bridge uncurls itself to be a...

Every Friday, at midday, the Rolling Bridge uncurls itself to be a footbridge over an inlet on the Grand Union Canal, in the Paddington Basin, and then curls up into a ball giving no clues to its hidden abilities.

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Quirky and Free

Every Friday at noon they roll up and then roll back this cute little bridge, in the middle of a canal basin surrounded by big glass office buildings. They normally do the Fan... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
max b
Dudley, United Kingdom

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every Friday at noon they roll up and then roll back this cute little bridge, in the middle of a canal basin surrounded by big glass office buildings. They normally do the Fan bridge too, which is a couple of hundred yards up the canal, but on the day we went it was broken and stuck in the down position.... More 

Thank max b
Adelaide, Australia
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561 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We were staying in a Paddington hotel and during our stay there, we took several walks through the area and along the canal. During one such walk, we saw the Rolling Bridge, in its coiled form, next to the basin. We discovered that it was unrolled across a narrow part of the basin, once per week, on Friday at midday.... More 

1 Thank BigHugh51
Cape Town, South Africa
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25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I went on a Friday to see the Rolling Bridge do its thing at noon but was told that it wasn't rolling that day due to maintenance of some sort and, to be honest, I didn't really mind because: 1) I got lost and wouldn't have reached the Rolling Bridge in time anyway (Merchant Square is rather confusing to find... More 

Thank izibellz
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Decided to go for a walk on Friday at 12 o'clock to see the Fan Bridge which is 2014 new and opens a few minutes after the Rolling one. This bridge is a fine peace of architecture by Thomas Heatherwick and is worth a walk to the basin. Probably best to visit in warm weather since the bridge takes a... More 

5 Thank scallopdoodle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 via mobile

The bridge rolls on fridays 12 o'clock. The bridge rolls in to a curl and then back. It looks pretty nice and I have never seen any bridge such. The canal and the high glassmade office buildings are also very photografical.

6 Thank Niklas N
Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

happened on this bridge by accident just at the right time. Amazing all the people watching and filming it closing into a round ball.

2 Thank Patricia B
Holsbeek, Belgium
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This footbridge curls and uncurls every Friday at midday, so be sure to be there on time. You can easily find it if you take exit 3 to Grand Union Canal at Paddington Station.

6 Thank Hilda-Belgium
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

Nice experience! After seeing the bridge unrolling, rolling and unrolling again, the staff gave us a book about the bridge with great pictures. It only happens once a week: Fridays at noon.

9 Thank naish21
West Chicago
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

We arrived and the footbridge was down. At 12 noon two men with yellow jackets hooked up the bridge control harness, curled it up, paused for some photos, then uncurled it again, then did it all again. This bridge is by the same firm that designed the 2012 London Olympic Cauldron. Our two teenage boys were loving it - they... More 

10 Thank Susan S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

I've been to see this bridge on a few occasions. It opens on Friday's at mid-day and is just a quick event, but worth making a detour for. Can be a bit tricky to locate (Google maps work perfectly), so be sure to arrive early. The boats on the canal are also quite interesting and make for a pleasant walk.... More 

14 Thank Jessica L

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