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Address: Paddington Basin North Wharf Road | Grand Union Canal, London W2 1LF, England
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

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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New attraction in London

One of the new attractions in London - Paddington is the Rolling bridge, nothing too exciting but when it rolls up its amazing... Its a beautiful piece of architecture. Good to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2016
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

This is a bridge designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the same man who designed the bowl for the London Olympics and is essential viewing for anyone interested in engineering. In addition it's right beside the Paddington Basin, which is a great venue and not far from Little Venice with its restaurants and boat trips. It's a bit difficult to find but... More 

Thank LeeCary
Midlands, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Went on a Friday nice and early in readiness. A man cleaning the canal in hi-vis told us the rolling bridge was broken and to go back next Tuesday, and a man in hi-vis closer to the lifting bridge told us that was also broken but would probably be working in an hour. We duly waited and nothing happened. The... More 

Thank sally010
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

One of the new attractions in London - Paddington is the Rolling bridge, nothing too exciting but when it rolls up its amazing... Its a beautiful piece of architecture. Good to spend couple of hours with family and friends and kids.

Thank Precious7717
Dudley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016

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 

1 Thank max b
Adelaide, Australia
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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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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 

1 Thank izibellz
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 

5 Thank scallopdoodle
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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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

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