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 below.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Tower Bridge
Fee: No - except for the Tower Bridge Exhibition which is free with a London Pass.
- 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
Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings Local Flavor
Tower Bridge Road
London SE1 2UP
Phone: +44 20 7403 3761
Mike F. Aug-17-2019
I've always loved the Tower Bridge and I honestly don't even know why. It is an iconic piece of the London skyline and any to trip to London would not be... Read More
Christine S. Aug-02-2019
The 4 stars is for the bridge itself because its so iconic and truly impressive and beautiful in person. I'd give the exhibition tour maybe a 3 star... Read More
Nikki G. Jun-14-2019
Tower Bridge is one of those breathtaking man-made sites that you just want to stare at forever. It is magical and enchanting and transports you back to a... Read More
Accommodations near Tower Bridge:
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Northern and Jubilee Lines||London Bridge Station||12 MInutes|
|District and Circle Lines||Tower Hill Station||10 MInutes|
How to get to 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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