Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  London  /  Battersea Bridge

Battersea Bridge, London

3.4
#2652 of 3,732 in Things to do in London
Battersea Bridge is a five-span arch bridge with cast-iron girders and granite piers crossing the River Thames in London, England. It is situated on a sharp bend in the river, and links Battersea south of the river with Chelsea to the north. The bridge replaced a ferry service that had operated near the site since at least the middle of the 16th century.The first Battersea Bridge was a toll bridge commissioned by John, Earl Spencer, who had recently acquired the rights to operate the ferry. Although a stone bridge was planned, difficulties in raising investment meant that a cheaper wooden bridge was built instead. Designed by Henry Holland, it was initially opened to pedestrians in November 1771, and to vehicle traffic in 1772. The bridge was inadequately designed and dangerous both to its users and to passing shipping, and boats often collided with it. To reduce the dangers to shipping, two piers were removed and the sections of the bridge above them were strengthened with iron girders.Although dangerous and unpopular, the bridge was the last surviving wooden bridge on the Thames in London, and was the subject of paintings by many significant artists such as J. M. W. Turner, John Sell Cotman and James McNeill Whistler, including Whistler's Nocturne: Blue and Gold – Old Battersea Bridge, and his controversial Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your London trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
Source
Create an itinerary including Battersea Bridge
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Battersea Bridge Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
16 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I came across this bridge while crossing from Chelsea to get to Battersea Park. One of the first things I noticed was statue at the Chelsea end of the Bridge. It was a statue of James McNeill Whistler...  more »
  • A simple walk around the Battersea Bridge at night became a memorable moment of stunning views and amazing people!  more »
Places to stay near Battersea Bridge

Plan your trip to London

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in London

View all >
4.2
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 4​h

Historic Sites in London

View all >
4.6
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 2​h
4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Museums in London

View all >
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 3​h
4.7
Duration: 3​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h

Parks in London

4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 1​h
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Hidden gems in London

4.9
Duration: 3​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 3​h
4.3
Duration: 3​h
4.7
Duration: 1​h

Nearby attractions in London

4.5
Duration: 1​h
4.7
Duration: 1​h
4.2
Duration: 30​min
3.9
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 3​h
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 4​h