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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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Description: 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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

got there just when it was closing into a ball. Amazing piece of engineering. not sure why it is there but good to see working

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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.

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Holsbeek, Belgium
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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.

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bilbao
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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.

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West Chicago
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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 

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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 

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