Rainbow Bridge, Oxford

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Rainbow Bridge.

Rainbow Bridge (formally High Bridge) is a curved footbridge over the River Cherwell in the University Parks, Oxford, England.[1] The bridge is made of concrete with metal railings, in the shape of a rainbow, hence the name. The bridge was constructed in 1923–4, through a project for the unemployed. The bridge was financed by the University of Oxford, colleges at the University, and individual subscribers.[2]

In the summer months, there are often punts travelling along the river under the bridge and there is a good view up and down the river from the top. On the other side of the bridge from the Parks there is a footpath that leads across the meadows to the suburb of New Marston GW.


  1. ^ The University Parks, Oxford — Introduction and historical guide, University of Oxford, UK.
  2. ^ Hibbert, Christopher, ed. (1988). "Bridges: Rainbow Bridge". The Encyclopaedia of Oxford. Macmillan. p. 61. ISBN 0-333-39917-X.

Coordinates: 51°45′47″N 1°15′01″W / 51.76306°N 1.25028°W / 51.76306; -1.25028