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 Great place to visit. If you travel by great western trains. You can use your train ticket for a discount. I can’t remember for sure, but I think it made it two for one. You need to complete a form which you’ll find at the the train station

Christopher Robb - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating An excellent example of British engineering. It's absolutely free of cost to walk on the bridge to either Waterloo or the other bank. But you have a pay a fee to get into the tower. There is London pass which can give you access to various attractions inside London. Instead of paying at individual destinations, it's better to buy that pass which will save some money as well. Come here enjoy the breathtaking view River Thames and the great city of London.

Sun Joy - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating The famous and historical bridge of London. Superb views of the Tower of London, City Hall and the Shard from the bridge overlooking the Thames river. The bridge itself is used for road transport. I have visited the bridge numerous times, however, this fine evening, I got a chance to visit there after sunset. Beautifully lit up, the place looks amazing at night too. Will visit again and again.

sajid ali - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating An incredible place. The tower bridge has many view points with some breathtaking views from outside as well as from inside. The view of the city from the tower is something you cannot miss. Also the river thanks over which the bridge is located is so serene. There is a movie play here about the tower bridge. If you can stand a chance to witness the opening of the bridge then nothing like it. The night view of this bridge is also way too good.

aashna subhedar - 8 days ago

4 Star Rating The famous and historical bridge of London. Superb views of the Tower of London, City Hall and the Shard from the bridge overlooking the Thames river. The bridge itself is used for road transport. I have visited the bridge numerous times, however, this fine evening, I got a chance to visit there after sunset. Beautifully lit up, the place looks amazing at night too. Will visit again and again.

Pradeep Kumar Singh - 18 days ago

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