The SWIVEL BRIDGE is Brunel's first large wrought iron opening bridge and far older than the Suspension Bridge. The Bridge is listed Grade 2* and is on English Heritage's Buildings at Risk Register. The bridge rotates on four fixed wheels in contact with a solid ring under the bridge. The bridge was turned by a hydraulic mechanism of twin rams located in pits that are connected to a turning ring under the bridge via a substantial wire cable. The original turning mechanism prior to conversion to hydraulic machinery was a hand turned crank similar to that used on railway locomotive turntables. The pistons and chains are still in position. The original hydraulic system ran on fresh water supplied from a pressurised water system sited in the Underfall Yard.Arrange to visit Brunel's Swivel Bridge and other attractions in Bristol using our Bristol visit planning site .
Brunel's Swivel Bridge Reviews
This end of Bristol is loverly, not only is there this loverly entrance to the locked harbour , but there's views of Clifton bridge and the loverly steam mechanics at the yard to see. For people capab... more »
Somehow swivel seems too small a scale for this magnificent SWING bridge. Its most enduring habit is the signs to warn you the bridge has swung which seem to light completely at random. Walk beneath i... more »
More could be made of this area, as it has a very interesting history. Be aware that there are no railings to the river and this could be dangerous. You get some great views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge here.
Left to rot on the side of the harbour. Sad to see, get a grip Bristol City Council and save this before the damage is beyond restoring!!! A good example of the engineering of the day with a massive amount of iron riveted together to make this small piece of history.
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