Your View at the Forth Bridge (2022)

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Photo credit: 'Forth Bridge from North Queensferry' by realedinburgh.com

What is Your View?

Your View is a unique opportunity to enjoy uninterrupted 360-degree panorama view of the Edinburgh and Fife coastline as you have never seen them before - all from a viewing platform 361 feet in the air!

For a select number of days per year, you can purchase a ticket to be taken up to the top of the North Cantilever of the iconic Forth Bridge. The Bridge has become one of Scotland’s most photographed features and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From dawn until dusk, the views from the top are always different so your view will always be unique.

All the money raised will go towards funding Barnardo’s vital work to support vulnerable children in Scotland. The event is brought to you in partnership with Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and The Briggers, who all donate their time, expertise and equipment free of charge - none of this would be possible without their support.

The Forth Bridge, which spans the estuary (Firth) of the River Forth in eastern Scotland to link Fife to Edinburgh by railway, was the world’s earliest great multispan cantilever bridge, and at 2,529 m remains one of the longest. It opened in 1890 and continues to operate as an important passenger and freight rail bridge. This enormous structure, with its distinctive industrial aesthetic and striking red colour, was conceived and built using advanced civil engineering design principles and construction methods.

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Classic

  • Price: £70

  • Duration: 90 minutes

  • Availability: 23rd,24th & 25th September

You will arrive on site to check in with a group of up to 13 people, before being taken into our Forth Bridge exhibition, hosted by The Briggers. With an archive of materials, you'll learn about the history of the bridge and the people involved in its construction.

Following the exhibit, you will be given a safety briefing before ascending the bridge up an external metal lift on the east side of the north cantilever. Once you are on the platform, 361ft up, the group will be guided around the views with particular points of interest highlighted. A photographer will be stationed on the platform to capture memories of this once in a lifetime experience.

Once you’ve descended, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement and printed souvenir photograph, alongside the chance to review and purchase additional souvenir items. Before leaving, you can also visit our exhibition area again and grab a photo with the human cantilever.

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Photo credit: 'Forth Bridge Reflections' by realedinburgh.com

Sunset or Sunrise

  • Price: £80

  • Duration: 105 minutes

  • Availability:23rd, 24th & 25th September

Sunrise packages will begin at approximately 6.15am and sunset packages at 6.30pm

The sunrise and sunset packages will follow the same itinerary as the Classic, but allows for extra time on the viewing platform to fully appreciate the sunrise / sunset.

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Important information

Your View is not recommended for those with a fear of heights, acrophobia or vertigo. The event is psychologically challenging and you may experience some level of fear if you are anxious at height. Unfortunately we are no longer able to make the experience fully accessible. A new hoist was installed in 2022 which requires individuals to ascend approximately 12 steps to access it.

Tickets are limited to 4 per personYou must be 18 years or over to take part in the event.

Weather will dictate if we can safely ascend to the top of the bridge. If we are unable to ascend at your booked time, we will offer you an alternative time or provide a full refund.

Ticket Release

All tickets will go on sale on Friday 1st July at 10am, strictly on a first come first serve basis. Once booked, tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable (unless we are unable to operate on the day due to external factors such as weather.).

Frequently Asked Questions and Important Information

Once I’ve purchased a ticket, can I swap the time or day?

Unfortunately, no. Due to restrictions on the number of people who can access the viewing platform at any one time, we cannot change your time slot or day. We offer a grace period of two weeks from the point of purchase for guests to receive a refund, should they no longer be able to attend.

Do I have to be physically fit to take part?

The event does not require any significant physical exertion. There are approximately 12 steps to reach the exterior hoist which you will use to ascend to the top of the bridge. We do ask that you are medically fit and well but no physical preparation is required. Please remember you are going 361ft high, so please take this into consideration.

Is the Bridge fully accessible?

Unfortunately, we are now unable to accommodate wheelchair users since a new hoist was fitted in 2021. Approximately 12 stairs are the only means of access to the hoist.

 Is there a minimum age requirement to enter the event?

All ticket holders must be 18 years of age or over on the day of the event.  There is no upper age limit.

What should I wear and what can I bring on to the Bridge?

Please wear sensible, comfortable clothes and shoes that cover your entire foot, with a strong, sturdy sole.  This is Scotland and therefore we strongly recommend wearing a waterproof!

We recommend not bringing too much with you for the day, especially if you're travelling by public transport - larger items or baggage will not be permitted onto the bridge and we do not have space to store them.

Items that are permitted onto the bridge are:

  • Small bags (A5 size) with a long strap that can go across the body will be permitted

  • Hearing aids and spectacles must be secure and not loose fitting

  • Medication

Items not permitted on the bridge:

  • Rucksacks or large bags

  • Food or drink (unless required for essential medication)

All items that you take onto the bridge with you must be securely attached to your person or should be able to fit into a zipped pocket so that your hands can be free at all times. Your View lanyards and “phone hugs” will be available to purchase on the day to secure your phone.

Barnardo’s is not responsible for the loss or damage of any item that you bring onto the event site or onto the bridge with you.

You will be supplied with a hard hat and high-visibility vest to wear whilst on the site. These will be sanitised after each use

What facilities will be available on the day?

There will be toilets available for use at ground level for those taking part - please be aware there won't be toilets available on the platform tour which lasts 20-30 minutes.

There will be a small catering provision available on site providing hot and cold drinks and snacks

Will there be a safety briefing?

Yes - safety is our top priority for the day. Before you ascend the bridge, all participants will have a safety briefing which will cover what to expect from the hoist (exterior lift) and how you will spend your time on the platform. In the interest of safety, we ask that you do not climb, sit, or lean over the barriers during your time on the viewing platform.

In addition:

  • You will be provided with a high visibility vest and hard hat which should be worn at all times

  • Your entire group must always travel together in the hoist and on the platform; no one can be left behind on the platform.

  • If one person needs to come down from the platform due to medical reasons, feeling unwell or for unacceptable behaviour, the whole group will be taken down to ground level before your time slot is finished.

  • If you are feeling unwell before you get into the hoist, or whilst you are on the viewing platform please inform your guide.

  • Please listen to instructions from your guide at all times.

Alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited at our event. Anyone we believe to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will NOT be permitted to access the viewing platform and no refund will be given. ​​​​​​

Smoking and vaping is strictly prohibited on the event site and on the viewing platform.

What Covid-19 measures are you undertaking?

While there are no current Government legal requirements regarding Covid-19, we appreciate that it is still necessary for us to implement safety measurements to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Therefore, on site we will:

  • Ensure all indoor spaces are well ventilated

  • Hand sanitiser and masks will be available at reception desk

  • Regular cleaning of public areas and toilets

  • All shared equipment (hard hats and hi-vis vests) will be sanitised between each use

  • Ask for people to social distance where possible to respect others

  • Where social distancing is not possible – in the hoist ascending the bridge – people will have the option to wear masks. The hoist is outdoors so naturally well ventilated

Please do not attend the event if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19. Further details can be found at: Coronavirus (COVID-19) | NHS inform

We will regularly review the situation and amend our practices in-line with any new Government guidelines.

Is this event suitable if I have a fear of heights?

If you have a fear of heights, acrophobia or vertigo then, unfortunately, we don't think this event is for you. We wouldn't recommend purchasing a ticket if this is the case.

Can I bring a camera?

Yes, you can bring smaller cameras onto the bridge. Please remember, as with the above advice about restrictions on what can be brought onto the bridge, cameras must either be securely attached to you with a neck strap or in a small bag. There is limited space in the hoist and so please, no rucksacks.

Cancellation Policy

The Scottish weather can be unpredictable and your safety is of paramount importance to us. Should it be decided that this event cannot go ahead due to extreme weather conditions, we will immediately post this on our  Facebook and Twitter.

We would recommend following the above pages prior to the event and checking them for any updates before leaving the house. We will also attempt to contact you by email and phone where possible. In the unlikely event that we have to cancel, an alternative date will be offered. If this does not suit, a refund will be issued.

Travelling to Your View at the Forth Bridge

How can I get to the bridge on the day?

We ask you to arrive at the event site listed at this address:

Network Rail Site (directly under the Rail Bridge)
Battery Road
North Queensferry
KY11 1JZ

Travelling to the event

There is limited parking in North Queensferry, so we advise taking public transport where possible. There is a free car park on Battery Road (2 minute’s walk from the meeting point) with a limited number of spaces. Visitors can also park on the street, however please be considerate to residents.

The bus stop and train station are both within walking distance of the event site.

Please note: We anticipate a busy day and have capacity restrictions for each group, therefore we cannot accommodate latecomers. If you are driving, please allow extra time to find a parking space and make your way to the site.

Travel by bus

The Battery Road Turning Circle stop (stop number: 34323235) is a 3 minute walk to the site at the opposite end of the street and services buses to Dunfermline, Rosyth, Inverkeithing and Ferrytoll Park and Ride. These buses are not very frequent and therefore schedules should be checked in advance. We recommend using www.travelinescotland.com to plan your journey.

Travel by train

The North Queensferry train station is a 10-15 minute walk to the site. As the train line runs from the bridge, the station is much higher than our event site at the foot of the bridge and ‘The Brae’ is quite a steep hill, therefore extra time and care should be taken.

Please check with the train operating company before travelling to get the latest information on services and times from Edinburgh, Dundee, Glenrothes and Tweedbank.

Need further help?

Email Barnardo’s on: [emailprotected]

Phone number: 0800 008 7005

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