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“The view is never the same each time you look at it”
Review of Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge
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Owner description: One of only three bridges in the world lined with shops, this exquisite 18th-century bridge is one of the most admired structures in Bath.
Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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“The view is never the same each time you look at it”
Reviewed 14 December 2013

Visited various times in the four seasons.

Why not slow down, forget the consumer society as much as you can and just look at this water, where it comes from, where it might go to. This is part of a World Heritage site, as of 1987. Legend has it that a town on the site was founded in 860 BC by Prince Bladud. The Romans built a temple there around 50 A.D. and shortly after the town grew up called Aque Sulis, the waters of Sul.

The population of Bath was 33,000 in 1801 and now it is only 84,000. If you compare the growth rate of most towns this is very small and you will realise that the intimacy of this delightful city has been maintained.

Folks this is not just a river. Look at the way the architecture of it has been designed not only for its own needs but to fit the landscape. Try to imagine the river without any houses and see the natural flow through what is a river valley.

Think what it could have been used for and why there is a sluice currently closed but what might it have been used for. Is it as simple as dealing with the flow of water in the winter.

I have been witness to a huge flow of ice melt water in the spring and a lazy flow in the summer with pleasure boats plying up and down.

Why not go over the river towards the Cricket ground, down the steps towards the river itself, and just take time off from consumption and walk up and down and maybe sit down and people watch. The cafes there are not gourmet but seasonal certainly enough for cup of tea or coffee or a snack.

Visited August 2013
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“Good charity shops!”
Reviewed 11 December 2013

As a local, you can get a bit blasé about the bridge (it doesn't feel like a bridge when you're on it, because of the shops, etc.), but I do love the magnificent, sweeping view of the Holburne Museum as seen from the bridge/Laura Place end of Great Pulteney Street. Pulteney Bridge Flowers is a wonderful little shop, and there are a couple of great charity shops (Dorothy House and Oxfam) just over the bridge - technically on Argyle Street. The Victoria Art Gallery and the indoor Bath Markets, on the corner of Grand Parade, are also well worth a visit.

Visited December 2013
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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“Pulteney Bridge”
Reviewed 7 December 2013

One of only two bridges in the world with shops. Various shops and cafes. But don't try and drive over it as it restricted to public service vehicles you will be snapped and receive a fine.

Visited December 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Interesting But Not Worth A Detour”
Reviewed 6 December 2013

The bridge is interesting for a stroll around central Bath but not worth a detour. The canal area a level down is a good place to jog around the city on late afternoon or early morning when not too busy.

Visited November 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Quirky, I suppose”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Okay - it is unusual to have shops along a bridge and they are all very nice and everything, but I wouldn't make a special journey just to see it. Plenty of nice places round about though. Strangely enough, it is a lot more appealing from a distance than it is up close, so perhaps wander down the steps and walk along the bank to appreciate it more.

Visited September 2013
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