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The Britannia Bridge, which spans the Menai Strait to Anglesey, was built by Robert Stephenson and opened as a rail bridge in 1850. The entrances to the original iron tubes that carried the trains were flanked by large lion sculptures. Since the reconstruction of the bridge in the 1970s the lions have been hidden from view, below the new road deck.

Take a walk with Menai Heritage to view the hidden Britannia Bridge lions! The sculptures once flanked the entrance to the tubular bridge, but now lie below the road deck, seldom seen.

Qualified tour guides will be leading walking tours to the base of the Britannia Bridge, where the impressive structure of the bridge can be appreciated, and where you can see the magnificent lion sculptures. You will learn about the history of the bridge and how it was constructed, as well as general information about the Menai Strait.

Booking essential – limited space; choose from 10.30am or 2.30pm. Also choose from visiting the Anglesey or Gwynedd side. Contact 01248 715046 or

Attendees will be given the meeting location and parking arrangements when they book.

Visitors to the Anglesey side will need to walk a short distance to the bridge. A somewhat longer walk will also take place on the Gwynedd side, from near Treborth village. The walks will be mostly on the level on unpaved roads or paths, but some parts will be on a steep slope or down steps to a rocky seashore.