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Published October 4th 2019
The only long drop in Wales that's over a river
The Transporter Bridge is a unique piece of old engineering that has been in use for over 100 years. We'd never seen one before so decided to to take a look after searching online for things to do near Cardiff.
It was built as an alternative to a conventional ferry with it being cheaper and more efficient to operate and not subject to the river levels.
Originally the bridge was built to take workers from the west side of the river to the east, where the primary industry was located. Without it, they would have had to walk four miles (approximately 6.5km) to the nearest crossing.
The high boom allows ships to travel up and down the river without any obstruction. You can go across on the platform that is known as a gondola, which is suspended on tracks from the boom and is moved by twin 35 horsepower electric motors.
Nowadays, it's one of the many tourist attractions in the area, and If you are fit enough and don't suffer from vertigo, you can climb up the two hundred and seventy steps and walk across to the other side. It's a great view out over the area, and you get an up-close look at this historical piece on engineering and grade 1 listed structure.
Although it's roughly half the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, I'd say that you get more of a feeling of the height as you climb up and walk across it because there is only a thin metal grill below your feet unlike the thick steel girders of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You also feel the vibrations as the gondola moves across.
The stairs up are relatively steep and narrow a bit at the top; it certainly gives you a good workout.
Where:Newport Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre, Brunel St, Newport NP20 2JY
Cost:Adult day visitor - £4 Child day visitor (aged 16 years and under) - £3 Gives access to the high level walk way, the motor house platform and unlimited crossings on the day of purchase. Single crossing Adult - £1.50 Child - £1.00 Return crossing