Pulteney Bridge

Address: Pulteney Bridge, Bath, England

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Hit the boutiques on Bath’s most beautiful bridge.

Pulteney Bridge, designed by Robert Adam and finished in 1773, is one of only a handful of shop-covered bridges in the world. It overlooks the weir and as well as fashionable boutiques and the Bath Rugby shop, you’ll also find places to eat like Thai By The Weir, Riverside cafe and Rajpoot. Opposite Pulteney Bride and the weir are Parade Gardens – in the summer there is a small charge for visitors (Bath residents get in for free), but it’s worth it. I love sitting amongst the bright flower displays and listening to music at the bandstand on a sunny summer day.

Value for money

Expert tips

Boat trips run from the weir between Apr-Oct. The Pulteney Princess runs every 80 minutes and costs from £3.50 one-way to Bathampton Mill. Turn up 15 minutes before departures to book.

Cars are not allowed across the bridge, but look out for taxis and buses as they can still pass.

Walk across the bridge opposite Pulteney (on North Parade) to get the best photos.

Go across Pulteney Bridge and walk along the path to get the best pictures of the Abbey with the river and park in the foreground.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Design and architecture