Parking: Sports and leisure centre car park
TOAL: 51.382300, -2.356309
I parked at the Sports and leisure centre car park, about 3 minutes walk south of the bridge, on the east side of the River Avon. Parking cost £1.70 for an hour using the MiPermit app. The bridge is very close to Bath Cathedral and St John The Evangelist's Church, so you can make the most of your visit.
One of the most photographed examples of Georgian architecture in the city and one of only four bridges in the world to have shops across its full span on both sides, Pulteney Bridge was designed in 1769 by Robert Adam.
The bridge is named after Frances Pulteney, wife of William Johnstone Pulteney. William was an important man in Georgian Bath, owning a lot of land in the surrounding area. He had grand plans to create a 'new town' to rival that of John Wood's on the west side of the city.
His grand scheme needed a new bridge and he didn't want just any old bridge, he wanted a spectacular bridge, one which everyone would talk about. The architecture is classical, with pediments, pilasters and tiny leaded domes at either end.
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Co-ordinates: 51.38302, -2.357904 • what3words: ///pint.land.scope