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“Great engineering spectacle” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Craigavon Bridge

Craigavon Bridge
Carlisle Circus and Spencer Road, Derry, Northern Ireland
44-28-7126-7284
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Ranked #33 of 140 things to do in Derry
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Preston, United Kingdom
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“Great engineering spectacle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Opened in 1933 this is an almost unique double deck structure and reminds one of the one over the Tyne in Newcastle. Originally motor traffic ran on the top deck and rail traffic on the dark deck below, but this was soon converted to motor traffic too. It is worth not just walking across, but standing back and admiring the construction of this unusual bridge and admiring the foresight who chose the design rather than the usual single decker.

Visited May 2014
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Double decked awesomeness ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

I have to agree with previous reviewers on the effectiveness of the Craigavon Bridge. It excellently connects two banks of the River Foyle and facilitates traffic crossing. Drier than swimming, cheaper than flying, this impressive double decked piece of civil engineering is as much cultural landmark as it is vital infrastructure. Resplendently bedecked in a particularly fetching shade of retro blue which brilliantly evokes thoughts of times gone by (particularly the late 80s,) this river crossing is an essential part of any visit to the Maiden City, unless you just want to gaze longingly at it from across the water. For the ultimate experience, go over on the top deck and come back on the bottom.

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Ballynahinch, United Kingdom
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“It's a bridge”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Joins one side of the river to the other. Double deck structure, which may have been unique at the time. Probably has more history connected with the recent troubles than any great historical significance. Useful if you need to cross the river.

Visited October 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Hope I havn't got them mixed up.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Its a Double Decker, half expect Gene Hackman to come running along. Use the bottom no one else does. Both levels go both ways. Its quite an old bridge too.

Visited August 2013
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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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“Never sure if people are serious about this!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

What can I say? It's a double deck bridge which facilitates the passage of pedestrians and vehicles from one side of the Foyle to the other. Where would be without it? Well, in a boat probably. It seems very nice. Oh, and it's free. And if you're on the bottom deck and your car is suitably equipped, it makes your headlights come on automatically. Sweet.

Visited June 2013
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