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Pulteney Bridge, Bath

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No ordinary stop on your tour of the region, Pulteney Bridge is one of only four bridges in the entire world designed to be lined by shops on both sides. The bridge was built in 1773 for William Pulteney, whose wife had inherited property on the other side of the Avon River, directly across from the city of Bath. Pulteney was something of a visionary, recognizing in the simple village settlement across the water a great potential for becoming a prosperous city suburb. Pulteney hired noted Scottish architect Robert Adam, who based this elegant structure on the bridges he saw and admired in Italy. Stroll across the river at dusk, and photograph the grand old bridge as the sun sets over the landscape. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Pulteney Bridge and many more Bath attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Bath trip itinerary planner.
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  • really amazing the look of the bridge and the architecture, the river was swollen but it still had a pattern. The bridge from the road is so full of shops you can not even tell it is a bridge!  more »
  • It's a bridge with houses on top. What's bizarre in my head and it's gone really wrong in the past, but I like the fact that these survived the bad luck that this kind of construction provides. It is certainly worth visiting and crossing. Make a beautiful ensemble with the lock just below.
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  • Gorgeous Georgian Bridge with remains from the Roman times in the nearby Park over the river with a fantastic view. Especially beautiful when lit up at night. Lots of shops on the top and the most stunning Vista as you walk across the bridge and look up the long Georgian Street at the end of it. An absolute must do tourist thing when visiting Bath.
  • Beautiful place. I went in a very sunny day but I would think that it beautiful all year round. The food in most places in Bath is high quality. It was a perfect quick trip from London, we stood only one night.
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