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Very cool design

Not worth a special trip but this is a very cool designed bridge that would be really special if it... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2017
81grantb
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McKinney, Texas
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Rolling bridge and more

Easy to find from Paddington main line station, take exit 3 Grand Union Canal, turn right and... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2017
Rambler81
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London
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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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Paddington Basin North Wharf Road | Grand Union Canal, London W2 1LF, England
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Reviewed September 15, 2018

Took the day off to see this. I was told it was broken only when I asked. Pity I did not know this before I travelled all the way up to London.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

Not worth a special trip but this is a very cool designed bridge that would be really special if it rolled out more than a few times a week.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank 81grantb
Reviewed July 29, 2017

Easy to find from Paddington main line station, take exit 3 Grand Union Canal, turn right and follow the path alongside the buildings by the canal then either half way down or just before Tesco turn left and go over the bridge. The fan bridge...More

Date of experience: July 2017
5  Thank Rambler81
Reviewed July 26, 2017

I love seeking out slightly off the beaten track sights as I'm not a huge fan of crowds, and after reading about the Rolling Bridge I knew I had to see it. I planned a recent trip to London to coincide with it's weekly opening...More

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank Jellybellydancer
Reviewed July 21, 2017 via mobile

We were disappointed as not much to see or anywhere nice to eat in the area. We were living in Windsor so it was quite a way to travel as really it was dull!!! Sorry

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank crieffie
Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

The bridge is better viewed from afar from the bridge that leads into the st Mary's hospital. Nice artistic design

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

If we were there when the bridge rolled it might have been more impressive, otherwise was glad we didn't walk far out of the way to see it. Only a few minutes from Paddington Station. So unimpressive that we didnt even take a picture. The...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank WhoELS
Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

The bridge was installed 12 years ago operated weekly at noon each Friday subject to wind conditions. The silent motion of movement from an unseen source is mystical. The bridge rises from one end and forms a perfect octagon and stands majestically on the canal...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank DJLCW
Reviewed August 31, 2016

This unusual bridge is fine example of great design and skillful engineering. It consists of eight triangular sections which can be either curled, when not in use, or spread across the canal as a twelve meters long footbridge. It reminds me of the medieval drawbridges...More

Date of experience: August 2016
3  Thank Borzov
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...More

Date of experience: July 2016
3  Thank LeeCary
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