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Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 55+ 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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  • I pass the bridge twice a day and see it it all seasons and weather, once in a while I cross it by train. It used to be the first sight on entering Cornwall when we were kids travelling . Always awe i...  read more »
  • Beautiful Victorian bridge and going over it on a train is just as good as looking at it from the ground! 
  • Great bridge and well worth a walk across especially on a fine day and with a dog and friends. Stunning views 
  • Great ales and good food, book to avoid disappointment
  • 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.
  • Excellent :-D
  • Nice place with a pretty surrounding area. This is the connection between Devon and Cornwall. Car driver will only be charged if they enter Devon.
  • Brilliant value for money. meals are amazing. staff friendly x
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