The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct (The FoBV) are dedicated to restoring, conserving and celebrating Bennerley Viaduct. We have achieved Our Project goal of reopening Bennerley Viaduct to the public after 54 years of closure. Please support us by becoming a Friend of Bennerley Viaduct or by donating to Our Project. Subscribe to our email bulletin to be kept up to date with our latest news.
Bennerley Viaduct is a grade 2* listed railway viaduct built in 1877 by the Great Northern Railway Company. At over quarter of a mile long, it is the longest wrought iron viaduct in the country. It straddles the River Erewash connecting Ilkeston in Derbyshire with Awsworth in Nottinghamshire. The “Iron Giant” has been described by the World Monuments Fund as being an “extraordinary monument” meriting inclusion in the 2020 World Monuments Watch, one of only 25 sites chosen globally. Historic England consider the viaduct is a “stunning example of the genius of British Engineering”
The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct are dedicated to give our “Iron Giant” a new lease of life. Working in partnership with the owners, Railway Paths Limited, an inspiring community driven project has brought the iconic structure back to life. Bennerley Viaduct has now re-opened to the public following fifty years of closure and a £1.4 million investment.