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.
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This area is full of history from London's Dockland times. It is also the home of one of the stations for the Emirates Airline Cable Car ride and the amazing Victoria Bridge which we crossed on our... more »
Early morning this is a very good spot for photographers to get a nice water reflection landscape view. more »
Nice views. A nice clean space right next to excel easy to get to fun. Lifts never work but for a able bodied person not to many steps so hey what's not to love. It's nice seeing the planes coming into land above as they come into city airport
Very pleasant walk alongside Docklands the Excel Exhibition Centre. There are stairs leading up to the pedestrian bridge. Once up, there are amazing views of the Docklands, Canary Wharf, the O2 and of London City Airport on the opposite side. The lifts On either side appear to have been out of order for a while.
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