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The view of the River Avon, Pulteney Weir and Pulteney Bridge behind, is perhaps one of the most famous in Bath.

Pulteney Bridge was designed by Robert Adam in 1768, with work commencing the following year. Historical accounts suggest the design was loosely based on Venice’s Rialto Bridge, though later comparisons, noting the fact that the bridge is lined with an array of tiny shops, link it more to Florence’s Ponte Vecchio.

Despite going on to become one of Bath’s major attractions, the design was not immediately popular. The council complained that the road was too narrow and predicted that it would eventually become overcrowded and polluted – a prediction that was to come true. However, they also suggested that the bridge was inelegant and would always be considered so – we’ll leave you to make up your mind on that!

Find out more about Pulteney Bridge on our Bath tour. Click here for more information