London Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is one of London's most recognized landmarks and one of the most recognized bridges in the world

Striking view of the Tower Bridge at dusk
Striking view of the Tower Bridge at dusk cc licensed photo by James Petts

One of London's most iconic landmarks, Tower Bridge is one attraction you won't want to miss seeing up close. You might also want to check out the Tower Bridge Exhibition where you can learn more about the history of the bridge and enjoy some great views of London from the upper walkways.

London's Tower Bridge was constructed between 1884 and 1892 to fill the need for an additional crossing over the Thames River east of London Bridge. The challenge was to build a bridge without disrupting the river traffic. This resulted in the final design which utilized bascules (counterbalanced spans) between two tall towers that could be raised to allow ships to pass through. The powerful hydraulic system that opens the bridge is located in the base of the towers and can raise the bridge in just one minute. Originally powered by steam, they have been converted to oil and electricity since 1976.

The upper portion of the towers are joined by a unique high level walkway that allowed foot traffic to cross the bridge when the spans where raised. These were closed in 1910 due to lack of use and crime, but reopened in 1982 as part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition. This walkway now provides visitors with some outstanding views of the Thames River and Central London.

Tower Bridge is located adjacent to the Tower of London so you may want to combine both into one visit.

The Tower Bridge Exhibition is open daily from 10 am to 5:30 pm in th Summer and from 9:30 am to 5:pm in the Winter except on December 24th to 26th. There is an admission charge to see the exhibition, however admission is free with the London Pass.

For more information about Tower Bridge including hours and admission charges for the Tower Bridge Exhibition visit their official website at the link above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No - except for the Tower Bridge Exhibition which is free with a London Pass.

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Address: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, UK

Phone: 020 7403 3761

Official Website: London Tower Bridge

Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Northern and Jubilee LinesLondon Bridge Station12 MInutes
District and Circle LinesTower Hill Station10 MInutes

How to get to London Tower Bridge by Tube

From London Bridge Tube Station on the south bank exit onto Tooley Street and walk to your right (east) to Potters Field Park and then north through the park to the foot of the bridge.

From Tower Hill Station on the north bank exit to the south and follow Tower Hill Terrace east to the Tower Bridge approach.

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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5Tower Bridge Star Rating

5 Star Rating Absolutely incredible place to visit. I paid for the London pass, which allowed me to bypass the lines for tickets (and I highly recommend if you're staying 2+ days in London). The views of the city were wonderful, and the history starting in the pump rooms was simply spectacular. I'm usually skeptical of touristy places, but this one was worth the visit.

Ryan Cleary - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Well, this is one of the most stunning bridge in London! Spectacular panoramic views you can surely get along the Bridge! Please try to walk both ways on Bridge as every delicate architectural and artistic details on the whole structures are enjoyable. You may also like to get more details from the vistor center. It is definitely a romantic experience to walk along the Bridge with your lover as well. For me, it was an additional special as the very first snowing moment I got was on the middle of the Bridge! Well, wish you have an enjoyable moment there!

Avis Lau - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating This is like the center of attraction for London. It's a must visit place, taking pictures from far distance and from close to the bridge. It's amazing view. PS: Do NOT, DO NOT miss the night view. What a beauty at night. If you have time spend £10 to visit the top of the bridge and engine room it's also worth it to know so much about the bridge. Also, you get to stand on a glass floor on the top of the bridge.

Rahul Singal - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Awesome bridge with an interesting story to it. Would definitely recommend visiting, admission price isn't very expensive and it's worth the price if you like this sort of thing. There's the glass floor that's a nice experience to go through. Also you get awesome views of London from the top. Pro tip, get ticket on-line, it's cheaper if you get it there, cheaper if you get the Tower Bridge and the Monument together. Must see attraction in London in my opinion.

Denis Nyuli - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely iconic! All my life I saw images and read about this bridge, but nothing comes close like actually visiting here and seeing it up close and in real-time. There’s a Starbucks nearby that basically acts as a public toilet for visitors to the Tower Bridge. Thought that was cool considering the fact that some Starbucks in the US reserve their restrooms only for customers

Mo Wurie - 1 month ago

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