Royal Victoria Dock and Bridge, London
The Royal Victoria Dock is the largest of three docks in the Royal Docks of east London, now part of the redeveloped Docklands.Make Royal Victoria Dock and Bridge part of your personalized London itinerary using our London trip itinerary builder tool .
The Royal Victoria Docks are 14km from London Bridge, and 36km from Gravesend, and were designed and engineered by George Parker Bidder. Although the structure was in place in the year 1850, it was opened in 1855 on a previously uninhabited area of the Plaistow Marshes, it was the first of the Royal Docks and the first London dock to be designed specifically to accommodate large steam ships. It was also the first to use hydraulic power to operate its machinery and the first to be connected to the national railway network via the Eastern Counties and Thames Junction Railway section of what is now the North London Line. It was initially known as "Victoria Dock"; the prefix "Royal" was granted in 1880.
The dock was connected to the national rail network via a line which ran between Canning Town and North Woolwich. When the Royal Dock was first built the railway cut along the docks; to correct this a swingbridge over the entrance to the dock was built. This however slowed down journey time, and so a new line was built in 1855 to take the route around the north side of the dock to Silvertown, and a station at Custom House opened where it re-connected with the original line. The older southern line was kept to serve local factories, where it was known as the Silvertown Tramway.
The Royal Victoria Dock consisted of a main dock and a basin to the west, providing an entrance to the Thames on the western side of the complex. The dock was deeply indented with four solid piers, each 152 m long by 43 m wide, on which were constructed two-storey warehouses. Other warehouses, granaries, shed and storage buildings surrounded the dock, which had a total of 3.6 km of quays.
Royal Victoria Dock and Bridge Reviews
It is a fanastic view but there is a lot of plastic bottles, alcohol cans, soft drinks cans littered along this lovely bridge. There are even plastic bottles and cups chucked along the stairs, and the... more »
The Royal Victoria Dock in East London, the largest of three Royal Docks. Much of the area has now been redeveloped. Much of the old dockyards have been converted to cafes and restaurants, entertainme... more »
I liked that bridge in the company of my wife and close friends. After the whole day in Excel center that was easy and rare chance to walk and clime (elevator is difficult to catch) for a wonderful view. In the evening and nighttime it is really stunning to watch London landscape (Canary Wharf and the city in the distance) from the bridge. Remarkable detail is airplanes taking off from London city airport straightly over the bridge. I also appreciated the cool minimalist design of the construction.
I found Royal Victoria Bridge on the alternative way to ExCeL. It's nice to walk, look around and take some pictures from there. But only in a good weather. Because on a rainy day the bridge is a bit slippery. And on a windy day you don't feel very comfortable on that bridge.
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