Union Chain Bridge

Northumberland

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Overview

The Union Chain Bridge spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe, Northumberland, England and Fishwick, Borders, Scotland. It was designed by Captain (later Sir) Samuel Brown RN, who held patents for the design of the chains, although Brown altered the tower and abutments on the suggestion of John Rennie. When it opened in 1820 it was the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world with a span of 137 metres (449 ft), and the first vehicular bridge of its type in the United Kingdom. It cost £7,700 to construct and pre-dates the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Menai Bridge, which are of similar design . Today it continues to carry traffic, and visitors can enjoy pleasant walks along the river bank. Just up the hill from the Union Chain Bridge on the English side is the Chain Bridge Honey Farm, where there is situated a permanent exhibition on chain suspension bridges. Downstream on the Scottish side is Paxton House, where visitors can see Alexander Naysmith's depiction of Union Chain Bridge, painted before its actual completion. The OS reference for the Union Chain Bridge is NT933510.

tripadvisor
06/03/2017

What An Amazing Little Place Steeped in History


ginamarina67, Manchester, United Kingdom
Wasn't sure what to do so read the reviews and thought we would call in on our way to Seahouses. Well what a treat. Wasn't expecting that at all. £2 entry via honesty box which is just lovely. There was no one else around so was able to explore and read all the little historical facts displayed around the tower. Even walked the steep steps to the top which wasn't the best as I am not good with heights but that's just me - the staircase was very sturdy - the view from the top was great and we stayed to listen to the working chimes of the clock. Really really interesting place and even though it was cold day we still managed to have a mini picnic in the grounds.
tripadvisor
08/02/2017

Passed through/wedding photography


Moira M,
I have passed through this place throughout my entire life, at my mums wedding we also got photos taken here, this is a very nice place and has been improved a lot over the years!
tripadvisor
28/11/2016

Unusual towe.


Mike J, Telford, United Kingdom
Preston Tower is a magnificent example of a Northumbrian Pele Tower. The admission of Two pounds is extremely reasonable for such an interesting place' There are 4 floors and you get a magnificent view from the top of the tower. There is a tremendous amount of information everywhere and the whole place is in fantastic condition. Well worth making a detour! There are a number of picnic tables in the grounds.
tripadvisor
21/10/2016

Hidden gem


Grottenolm2014, Kingston-upon-hull, United Kingdom
A historic Pele Tower, this attraction is absolutely stunning. Well preserved, and with loving informative detail provided throughout, we were really pleased we visited. Stunning views from the top as well (beware of the clock bell on the hour - we jumped when this suddenly went off). The Tower is surrounded by woodland walks which are freely accessible.
tripadvisor
17/09/2016

Worth a visit.


Bill A, York, United Kingdom
The tower is interesting in itself. Fine views from the top without the usual Elfin Safety hoo-ha. The woodland walk is a nice bonus. Walked down to the spring and drank the water. Very sweet and no ill-effects to date. Bottled some straight from the pipe and brought it home.
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