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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

Reviewed 1 April 2016
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 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 side. A Heatherwick master piece.

Rijeka, Croatia
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1,329 reviews
1,146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 638 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 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 used at the entrance of a fortification to span a ditch around it. Very interesting... More 

2 Thank Borzov
Gravesend, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 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 

2 Thank LeeCary
Midlands, UK
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68 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 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 

1 Thank sally010
Greater London, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 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.

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 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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608 reviews
500 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 381 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 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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30 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 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
Lausanne, Switzerland
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 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

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