Britain's Most Incredible Bridges

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If you love a good view, you might want to take note, as this week we've travelled high and low to reveal the best bridges - if you dare to risk it.

From London's iconic Tower Bridge to the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle, here are our top picks.

1. Three Firth of Fourth Bridges, Scotland

Queensferry Crossing, just opened by the Queen, is not only the world’s longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge, but along with the iconic Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge, Scotland can claim to be the only place in the world with three bridges spanning three centuries.

2. Ironbridge, Shropshire

This stunning arch stretching over the magnificent river Severn at Coalbrookdale was the world’s first cast iron bridge. Completed in 1779, at the start of the industrial revolution, it’s a stunning demonstration of the skills of ironmaster Abraham Darby III. Award-winning Ironbridge Gorge Museums has 10 attractions.

3. Carrick-a-Rede, Co Antrim

Rigged up between cliffs by fishermen in 1755 to link the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede island, where they used to catch salmon. Be prepared for a wobbly walk across this unique rope bridge, a mile from Ballintoy.

As you tentatively cross the 18in wide, 66ft long bridge, keep an eye out for seabirds and dolphins.

4. Gateshead Millenium Bridge, Newcastle

The city’s seventh bridge for pedestrian and cyclist use is the world’s first and only tilting bridge. Watching the Blinking Eye Bridge tilt on pivots to allow small vessels to pass underneath it has become a top city attraction. And each time it opens it cleans up – as litter dropped on the deck rolls into special tracks at each end.

5. Pulteney Bridge, Bath

This graceful bridge spanning the River Avon is one of only four in the world where you can find shops and cafés lining both sides, just like the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Designed by neo-classical architect Robert Adam, the 148ft long, 58ft wide bridge was built to connect the Pulteney Bathwick estate to the city centre.

6. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Inverness-shire

Part of the West Highland railway line, this dramatic 21-arch single-track viaduct at the top of Loch Sheil will already be familiar to Harry Potter fans who watched the Hogwarts Express puffing over it in the films.

Built and designed by Sir Robert McAlpine in the late 19th century, it was hailed as one of the biggest feats of engineering in its use of unreinforced concrete.

7. Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

Spanning the dramatic Avon Gorge, 245 feet high, the city’s most famous landmark draws visitors from all over the world.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was 23 when he was appointed the bridge’s project engineer in 1829 but sadly did not see its completion in 1864, meeting his death five years before.

8. Pontcysylite Aqueduct, Wrexham

It’s no wonder Engineer Thomas Telford’s Stream in the Sky has been awarded World Heritage status. This cast iron trough, balanced on giant stone pillars 127ft above water, has been transporting narrowboats across the 7ft 2in wide aqueduct since 1805.

9. Tower Bridge, London

Arguably the world’s most famous bridge was opened in 1894 by the future King Edward VII. Watching the giant moveable roadways lifting up for ships to pass through never fails to impress visitors to the capital. The Tower Bridge Exhibition is fascinating.

10. Tees Transporter, Middlesbrough

Built in 1911 to replace the ferries between Middlesbrough on the south bank and Port Clarence on the north bank of the river Tees, the ferry bridge can claim to be one of fewer than 20 bridges of its kind in the world.

To allow tall-masted ships to pass beneath it, twin 160ft towers were constructed as support for the 576ft long bridge with a gondola to transport vehicles suspended from it.

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