Pulteney Bridge ☆☆☆

Pulteney Bridge (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Pulteney Bridge
Pulteney Bridge, Pulteney Bridge, Bath (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Pulteney Bridge, Pulteney Bridge, Bath (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
The rather less scenic north side of Pulteney Bridge, Pulteney Bridge, Bath (Photo by Pauline Masurel)

A lovely bridge over the River Avon by the crescent weir

In 1774 Robert Adam designed this Palladian-syled bridge, just above the Avon River's distinctive crescent weir, for Frances Pulteney.

(Frances's cousin William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath, owned properties in Bathwick in th then-rural far side of the Avon, and when Frances and her husband inherited them, they had the bridge built to better connect their burgeoning suburb to the city.) 

Often compared to Florence's shop-lined Ponte Vecchio—though to me it looks more like a flattened version of Venice's Ponte Rialto, done in drab grey—the bridge is best appreciated from off to the side at one end or the other, since the tiny stone shops flanking both sides of the bridge keep you from seeing anything when you are actually on it.

By the way, that famous horseshoe-shaped weir in the river—helping relieve the regular flooding that plagued Bath—replaced the 19C one in 1972. It was also featured in the shot of Javert's suicide in the 2012 film version of Les Misérables.