Rolling Bridge

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Rolling Bridge
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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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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Roll No More
May 2021
Came here to so see both the Rolling Bridge and the Fan Bridge. Wonderful to see the fan bridge in operation. Sadly, the rolling bridge is no more. Well, no so much non-existent as no longer operational. Would love to see this when it's out of maintenance.
Written October 31, 2021
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,574 contributions
Unfurled
Mar 2021
The Rolling Bridge is unfurled once a week however if you visit the rest of the time it's just a regular bridge and you would not know it's secret powers ;)

You can find it a short walk from St Mary's Hospital and Paddington Railway station in the waterside area.

There are lots of places to sit nearby along with places to eat.
Written March 16, 2021
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guggetravel
auckland179 contributions
Lucky us
Aug 2019
We wandered around from our Paddington hotel to check out the bridge to find that there were engineers there trying to figure out a malfunction, So we saw the bridge in operation several times . Very Good.
It really is a lovely bit of imaginative engineering and works so well.
Put it on your list of things to see once in London
Written July 17, 2020
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nmk-MaidaVale
London, UK15 contributions
Much hype but just a boring area of concrete and pretentious eateries and bars
Jun 2020 • Solo
Nothing more to be said. Indeed even the much heralded rolling bridge is often, as currently, not functioning.
Written June 30, 2020
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futtock21
London, UK11,091 contributions
Not the Rolling Bridge
Mar 2020 • Solo
The Rolling Bridge is a type of curling moveable bridge over an inlet at the eastern end of the Paddington basin dating from 2004 which operates only on Fridays at 12.30pm. Am not at all sure what happens to the much more conventional looking bridge which straddles the inlet at all other times, whether it is temporarily removed and replaced by another structure or whether it somehow metamorphoses into the Rolling Bridge. It was certainly hidden today.
Written March 16, 2020
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laramoffat
Dallas, TX2 contributions
Paddington Bridges
Nov 2019 • Solo
Despite the rain, this was an enjoyable and engaging experience. Thanks to the staff, and other attendees, for making this an unique opportunity to see two stunning (and operational) works of art normally hidden in plain sight shine.
Written December 20, 2019
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Helen H
Bristol, UK372 contributions
Fabulous, well worth a visit
Oct 2019 • Couples
After watching a programme about the architects of the bridge, I was determined to visit them when they were opening. Took a little while to find the fan bridge and rolling bridge in Paddington basin as the taxi drivers had no idea where they were! We went for the Friday 12 noon operation. The rolling bridge goes first rolling up and then unfurling. The fan bridge opens up after, operated by the same team, so plenty of time to see both.
Written October 22, 2019
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Katzkid22
Los Angeles, CA71 contributions
Where else could you see a footbridge roll up? And a fan bridge too!!
Aug 2019
First, correct your info: The Rolling Bridge rolls up THREE TIMES A WEEK, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12 noon, and Saturdays at 2pm. Second, why have a rolling bridge? Because they can! We loved it. We had a leisurely cup of tea in a nearby restaurant, out-waiting the rain and noon. We joined a small group who knew what was coming. Other passersby could not figure out why we were all there, cameras poised. Thanks, fellow Yelpers, for the tip about the FLIP BOOK. I looked for the man who had them, and got one [you flip it one way to see the bridge go up, and the other way to see it go down]. I can't believe they give the book to you free - best bargain in London! After the bridge rolls back down, walk a few yards with the workers to watch the Fan Bridge. That's right; this one goes up like a fan. Don't miss either of these bridges!!
Written September 11, 2019
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thecakemuncher
Portsmouth, UK49 contributions
rolling bridge
Aug 2019
we went there on wednesday 28/08/2019 and both bridges were working and opened, the rolling bridge first at 12:00 noon followed by the fan bridge
you will see the men in the hi-vis tops, just ask them what bridge is opening first
we just got the tube to paddington and walked along praed street and turned left at tesco into south wharf road then turned right past tesco that brings you out to the canal by the fan bridge
worth a visit :o)
Written September 2, 2019
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rally5
United Kingdom203 contributions
Worth a look if in area
Jul 2019 • Couples
In a lovely area to stroll along to little Venice. Bridge opens 2 pm wed thur and sat. Lots of cafes and eating places around. Behind st Mary’s hospital
Written July 8, 2019
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