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. In 2014 glass floors were installed in the walkways enabling visitors to experience a dizzying straight down view as they walk across the bridge.

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 10am to 5:30pm during Summer and from 9:30am to 5pm during Winter except on December 24th to 26th. There is a nominal admission charge to see the inside exhibits.

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

Fee: No - except for the inside exhibits which you can purchase tickets for on the official website.

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

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

Phone: 020 7403 3761

Official Website: Tower Bridge

Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating It's an absolutely stunning, magnificent bridge, one of the major icons of London where you can easily picture history, old times when horses and careiges used to pass by. I didn't get to go inside because it was very late night. The bridge is lit up beautifully when it gets dark. Hopefully, in the near future, I will be able to re-visit the Tower Bridge and discover if fully. London, England, UK 🇬🇧
Dinara G - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Absolutely mesmerized by the stunning Tower Bridge in London! The architectural marvel never fails to leave me in awe. The intricate details and the iconic view of the River Thames make it a must-see attraction. Whether during the day or illuminated at night, the beauty is simply breathtaking. A true symbol of London's charm and history. Highly recommend a visit to experience its grandeur firsthand!
Rifqi Irvansyah - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Tower Bridge is also one of the symbols of London. It captivates with its size and architecture. The bridge is beautiful, ancient, we walked around it from all sides, the view of it is incredibly gorgeous. From all sides there is a beautiful view of modern skyscrapers, the River Thames and ships. Also, there is a museum here, but we didn’t go in and didn’t go to the top. You can climb one of the towers. But during the tourist season you need to stand in line. At night you also get an incredibly beautiful view of the bridge. At night the city comes to life even more, and this makes it even more atmospheric. Beautiful windows look out against its background, be sure to visit this place if you are in London)
Yeiva - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Tower Bridge is an architectural marvel that seamlessly blends history and modernity. The iconic structure offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Thames River and London's skyline. The glass-floored walkways provide a thrilling perspective, allowing visitors to see the bridge and the river beneath their feet. The Engine Rooms exhibit, with its fascinating displays about the bridge's mechanics, adds depth to the experience. The attention to detail in preserving the bridge's Victorian legacy is commendable. Whether admiring it from afar or walking across, Tower Bridge offers a captivating journey through time, making it a must-visit landmark in London.
Umar Farooq - a month ago

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5 Star Rating We visited London on a family trip and visited here. The scene of the bridge opening was awe-inspiring. It was amazing to actually see a scene that I had only seen on TV. Even when viewed from various angles, you can feel its diverse charm. I haven't been there at night yet, but I would like to visit at night if I get the chance.
Taeik Hwang - a month ago

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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 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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