There is a new temporary walkway over the bridge from the Barbican to Sutton Harbour and back again. This new temporary walkway is open during the daytime 7 days a week when there are marshals to operate it. It’s totally free to cross.
Crossings are limited and irregular due to priority being given to fishing vessels and other water traffic. Seafood restaurant Rockfish are currently working with the harbour master to keep timings posted on their blackboard.
Since the path is narrow there are health and safety issues associated with the bridge and the Environment Agency has put out restrictions on pushchairs, wheelchairs, and bicycles. The bridge is crossable on foot.
Alternatively, you can take the Barbican Heritage trail around Sutton Harbour. It’s a pleasant, 25-30 minute walk around the harbour to the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish.
The Sutton Harbour Ferry is a great alternative route across the harbour. The ferry runs days a week and runs every half an hour from Lockyers Quay at 9.30am – 6.30pm and from Barbican West Pier at 9.45am – 6.45pm.
It operates from the Barbican side, at West Pier, near the Mayflower steps and from just behind the NMA on the Sutton Harbour side
Cost: Single £1 / Return £1.50 / Under 5’s go free. Bring your ferry ticket in valid for that day and we will stamp the ticket and you can receive ‘squid’ vouchers to spend in our cafe or shop! (terms and conditions apply).
The permanent repair of the main Sutton Harbour bridge is set to occur at the end of 2018. It has been a long process to reach a stage of repair for complicated reasons – partly because there is a bespoke bearing on the bridge made by only one company in the USA with a long waiting list.
We look forward to your visit to the National Marine Aquarium!