Swing Bridge

Swing Bridge, Whitby: Tickets, Tours, Address, Swing Bridge Reviews: 4.5/5

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restorergirl
Whitchurch, UK78 contributions
Interesting to watch opening for the larger boats.
Oct 2021
This lovely bridge swings open, one or both halves to allow larger boats to enter the harbour from the sea. Narrow pavements either side of the road, but a one way walking system in place, which helps enormously. Closed to traffic, except buses, at the weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays. Walk over to the other side of Whitby town to find a plethora of alleyways and hidden shops. Lovely.
Written October 10, 2021
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alisdair t
Workington, UK5,554 contributions
Great, to see it open, but not when it gets stuck open
Sep 2021
I remember seeing it open when I was a kid, about 50 years ago, and was visiting the town for a few nights, and just said to the wife, it would be great if it opened again.. 10 minutes later it did... Great to see. However, the next day it got stuck open for 150 minutes... not good if you need to cross... Nice views from the harbour from it
Written September 24, 2021
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Freezer49
Romford, UK127 contributions
The right time!
Sep 2021
We had walked across the bridge before but we were there at the right time to see it open and close. Very interesting.
Written September 19, 2021
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Fidaz2007
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK124 contributions
Picturesque bridge
Aug 2021
Historical bridge with opening mechanism - obviously you can't cross when its open and need to wait for it to close again. There is a one way system in place for crossing. Cars were crossing over it when we were there. It is the main point in the town and it is the main way to cross from one side to the other. If you look across you might be lucky to see a boat or two pass by.
Written August 26, 2021
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brackleyballet
Brackley, UK231 contributions
Different but worth seeing
Aug 2021
We were very luck on our visit to Whitby to see the swing bridge open and closing. Very different design to any other bridge I have seen.
Written August 24, 2021
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Christine K
Barnsley, UK619 contributions
Watch out for seagulls
Aug 2021
We wanted to show our grandson all the interesting things on our visit to Whitby so we brought him to the bridge. As grandad was explaining how the bridge worked a pesky seagull decided to plop on my head and down the back of my coat. Think that will be the most memorable part of the trip!
Written August 20, 2021
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Jellybellydancer
Burscough, UK1,380 contributions
Focal point of the harbour
Aug 2021
This unusal bridge is the focal point of the harbour and the main way to get from one side to the other within the town. It is predominantly used as a pedestrian bridge now and has a very efficiant one way system in operation (for those who bother to read the signs!).

I wasn't lucky to be there when it opened,but would have liked to have been.
Written August 18, 2021
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futtock21
London, UK11,064 contributions
No longer the A171
Aug 2021 • Family
Astonishing to think this narrow swung bridge connecting some of the narrowest of Whitby’s alleyways either side of the Esk formed part of the A171 trunk road before it was diverted around Whitby by way of the high level bridge further downstream. There has been a bridge crossing the river at Whitby at least since 1351 when Edward III allowed the collection of tolls for the maintenance of a bridge. The current structure was opened in 1909 by the wife of the local MP. There are currently plans to make it a pedestrian crossing only.
Written August 17, 2021
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shropshirenick
Shrewsbury, UK17,269 contributions
Unusual Bridge
Jul 2021
The Whitby swing bridge is very unusual, I have never seen a bridge that opens this way.
I would thoroughly recommend trying to be there when the bridge opens. I have included some photographs showing it closed and through the opening process.
Written July 25, 2021
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sheepygold
london4,794 contributions
It is interesting to see the bridge open
Jul 2021 • Friends
At the moment the bridge is closed to traffic for 3 days a week which is great for pedestrians. It is lovely to see the bridge open.
Written July 17, 2021
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