Pero's Bridge is a pedestrian bascule bridge that spans St Augustine's Reach in Bristol Harbour, Bristol, England. It links Queen Square and Millennium Square.Plan to see Pero's Bridge and other attractions that appeal to you using our Bristol sightseeing planner .
The bridge is composed of three spans; the two outer ones are fixed and the central section can be raised to provide a navigation channel in the harbour. The most distinctive features of the bridge are the pair of horn-shaped sculptures which act as counterweights for the lifting section, leading it to be commonly known as the Horned Bridge or Shrek's Bridge as the counterweights resemble the ears of the animated star of the eponymous film.
The bridge is named after Pero, also known as Pero Jones, who lived from around 1753 to 1798, arriving in Bristol probably from the Caribbean Island of Nevis in 1783, as the slave of the merchant John Pinney (1740–1818) at 5 Great George Street.
The bridge was designed by the Irish artist Eilis O'Connell, in conjunction with Ove Arup & Partners engineers. It was formally opened in 1999 by Paul Boateng MP, then a Home Office minister. The name of the bridge was attacked by then Liberal Democrat councillor Stephen Williams. He condemned the decision as "gesture politics". Eilis O'Connell commented "The council can call it what they want, but Pero's Bridge sounds a bit political."Hundreds of people now attach padlocks to the bridge as a sign of affection to each other
Pero's Bridge Reviews
It's only a bridge, even if it does look slightly unusual, but it is a good way of getting from one side of the harbour to the other. It cannot really be said to be a tourist attraction but it is inte... more »
Lovely way to cross the water between the eateries/bars/we the curious (hands-on science museum), millenium square activities (don't miss paddling in warm weather) and the delights of the Bristol harb... more »
Frequently crowded with people in rush hour, unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians alike due to its slender width. Frequented by beggars and people trying to flog things. In recent years it has proven to be a popular, garish location for locks left by couples being attached en-mass on the bridge. A shame as on quiet days its very pleasant.
Not especially worth to see from an architectural point of view, although the harbourside all around is pleasant on a sunny day.
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