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Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash
(4.6/5 based on 60 reviews on the web)
The Royal Albert Bridge is a railway bridge which spans the River Tamar in England between Plymouth, Devon and Saltash, Cornwall bank. Its unique design consists of two 455ft lenticular iron trusses 100ft above the water, with conventional plate-girder approach spans. This gives it a total length of 2187.5ft. It carries the Cornish Main Line railway in and out of Cornwall. It is adjacent to the Tamar Bridge which opened in 1962 to carry the A38 road.The Royal Albert Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Surveying started in 1848 and construction commenced in 1854. The first main span was positioned in 1857 and the completed bridge was opened by Prince Albert on 2 May 1859. Brunel died later that year and his name was then placed above the portals at either end of the bridge as a memorial. Work was carried out during the twentieth century to replace the approach spans and strengthen the main spans. It has attracted sightseers since its construction and has appeared in many paintings, photographs, guidebooks, postage stamps and on the UK £2 coin. Anniversary celebrations took place in 1959 and 2009.
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  • A major link in the West Country between Devon and Cornwall. This bridge has panoramic views across both counties. All very scenic and striking!!! 
  • Not really worth the trouble of travelling to see No special features Yes was good in its day but just a railway bridge Trouble parking 
  • Well worth a stop. IK Brunel was so clever with this bridge. Unique in the World. Cross the bridge by train, getting off at Saltash for best visit. 
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  • I am kieron , the franchise owner of the kitchen at the Royal Albert Bridge Inn. I have a new menu with affordable price, 10oz rump steaks with tomato, mushrooms, chunky chips, fried egg, peas and a salad garnish for £9.95 ,mixed grills for £13.95, specials daily, sandwiches, hot baguettes plus lots more. So try the meals for yourself and feel made welcome. Many thanks and look forward to seeing you , the chef.
  • Nice place to beach comb when the tide is out,and take the views in when it's in. Small cafe and the RABI pub for food and beverages.
  • I had a meal here on Christmas eve with my family & I have to say it was lovely. warm friendly owners & a welcoming coal fire burning in a hearth. But best of all without doubt the best steak & ale pie I've had & I've had quite a few before & since. Go here just for the pie if for no other reason.
  • Great ales and good food, book to avoid disappointment
  • Excellent :-D