Take a look at 12 of the UK's most famous bridges

Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 8:53 am
Updated Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 8:54 am

They are some of the most considerable feats of engineering connecting towns and countries throughout the UK.

Now 12 of Britain’s most remarkable bridges have been identified.

1 Tyne Bridge. NewcastleStretching 1,276 ft to link the city of Newcastle with the town of Gateshead, Tyne Bridge was officially opened in October 1928 by King George V, standing 194 ft high.

Tyne Bridge in Newcastle

2 Humber BridgeConstruction of a suspension bridge started in 1972. Traffic first crossed the bridge on June 24 1981.At 4,626 ft, the Humber Bridge is the UK’s longest single-span suspension bridge

Humber Bridge

3 Infinity BridgeBuilt at a cost of £15 million, the Infinity Bridge is a 787 ft public pedestrian and cycle footbridge across the River Tees .

Infinity Bridge

4 Clifton Suspension BridgeDescribed by the legendary engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel as ‘my first love, my darling’ and originally designed to cater for horse-drawn traffic in 1864,Clifton Suspension Bridge today serves as a crossing for more than four million vehicles every year - but note you have to pay a £1 to cross it.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

5 Tower BridgeTower Bridge was built more than 125 years ago to ease road traffic while maintaining river access to the busy Pool of London docks.Built with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships, it is considered an engineering marvel.

Menai Bridge

Carrying road traffic between the island of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales, the Menai Suspension Bridge was completed in 1826 and is a Grade I listed structure.

7 Severn BridgeA motorway suspension bridge that spans the River Severn and River Wye between Aust, South Gloucestershire and Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

Severn Bridge

8 Pulteney Bridge, BathCrossing the River Avon in Bath, Pulteney Bridge was completed in 1774 and connected the city with the land of the Pulteney family.It has shops built across its full span on both sides.

Pulteney Bridge

9. Tees Transporter Bridge

Also known as a ferry bridge or aerial transfer bridge, the Tees Transporter is a type of movable bridge that carries a travelling ‘car’ or ‘gondola’, suspended from the bridge, across the river in just 90 seconds. The gondola can carry 200 people, 9 cars, or 6 cars and one minibus. Locally, the bridge is often referred to simply as ‘the Transporter’.

10. The Iron Bridge, Shropshire

The Iron Bridge is a cast iron arch bridge that crosses the River Severn in Shropshire. Opened in 1781, it was the first major bridge in the world to be made of cast iron, and was greatly celebrated after construction owing to its use of the new material.

During the 1960s there was talk of dismantling the Iron Bridge and selling it for scrap, but thankfully the site came under the guardianship of English Heritage and its predecessors in the 1970s, before becoming one of the first places in the UK to be inscribed onto the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

11. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Inverness

Movie fans will likely instantly recognised Glenfinnan Viaduct as the bridge that the Hogwarts Express travels over in four of the Harry Potter films. Located at the top of Loch Shiel in the West Highlands of Scotland, the viaduct overlooks the Glenfinnan Monument and the waters of Loch Shiel.

The viaduct is built from mass concrete and has 21 semi-circular spans of 50 ft, and is the longest concrete railways bridge in Scotland at just over 1,240 ft.

12. Queensferry Crossing

Construction of the Queensferry Crossing ended in August 2017, making it the newest bridge on this list. It was built alongside the existing Forth Road Bridge and carries the M90 motorway across the Firth of Forth between Edinburgh, at South Queensferry, and Fife, at North Queensferry.

It’s also one of the longest bridges on the list, stretching 8,858 ft!

The list was compiled by LeaseCar.uk site.