With more than 2,200 miles of waterways, canals, and rivers, it’s no wonder why the United Kingdom has so many bridges.
In our latest blog series, we’re visiting some of the country’s most beautiful and interesting bridges. Today, we go to Newcastle for the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
The River Tyne, which runs through Newcastle, is blessed with many beautiful bridges, from the Tyne Bridge to the High Level. The most interesting one, however, is undoubtedly the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which tilts daily at noon to allow small ships to pass underneath its steel arches.
When the bridge opened in 2001, it was a radical feat of engineering, the world’s first rotating bridge. It’s also known as the Blinking Eye and Winking Eye bridge because its arches look like a blinking eye when it is tilting. The pedestrian and cycle bridge is also known for its lighting, which changes colour on weekends.
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge cost £22 million to build. It’s made from 19,000 tonnes of concrete and stretches 126 metres across the Tyne. The coolest thing of all, however, might be that the bridge can collect its own rubbish: litter dropped on the deck rolls down into special traps at the ends of the bridge every time it tilts.
Come see the Gateshead Millennium Bridge for yourself! And don’t forget, while you’re here, to pay us a visit at Thistle’s County Hotel just down the road.