Pulteney BridgeBath
Somerset BA2 4AT
 
 
Pulteney Bridge is a famous landmark in Bath. It was modelled on Florence’s Ponte Vecchio and is one of the few bridges in Europe (and the only one in Britain) to be lined with shopkeepers' booths.
 
It now has a selection of specialist shops and restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.
 
Prior to the building of the bridge in the 18th century the only means of getting to the little village of Bathwick on the other side of the River Avon was by a small ferry.
 
The entire village of Bathwick had been acquired by the incredibly wealthy politician William Johnstone Pulteney, 1st and last Earl of Bath. Pulteney wished to commercially develop the village of Bathwick but the only access was by the ferry so he commissioned Robert Adam to design a suitably impressive bridge. Pulteney paid for the building of the bridge which was completed in 1773, however he died before his development plans could be realised.
 
The Bridge and its horseshoe-shaped weir beneath is one of the iconic images of Bath.
 
Popular spots for photographers are on the bridge over the River Avon on North Parade, and from the River Avon pathways beneath the North Parade Bridge.
 
Regular boat trips leave the East bank for a unique view of this Bath masterpiece see Boat Trips on the River Avon in this website.
 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Agoda here:    External Link
 
Getting There
Follow the instructions for getting to Bath on this website
 
Google Maps - Pulteney Bridge