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Tower Bridge, London
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Tower Bridge Road
London SE1 2UP
+44 (0)20 7403 3761
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Tower Bridge, London


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Tower Bridge, frequently mistaken for London Bridge, is a favorite London landmark and one of the world's most famous bridges. Who'd believe this distinctive link was once considered an eyesore? Tower Bridge was built in 1894 to ease traffic across the River Thames. It was constructed as a bascule or moveable bridge so as not to disrupt river travel. It has a central drawbridge with two leaves or bascules. It opens and closes in just 5 minutes and was once raised and lowered 1000 times a year. Tower Bridge has two tall towers, one on each end, that are connected up top by two colorful catwalks. The twin towers, built on massive piers, support the catwalks and bascules. The catwalks once enabled pedestrians to cross an open bridge. So why did Londoners find Tower Bridge appalling in 1894? The bridge's then chocolate brown paint job made it a dreary sight. Its medieval design was thought a step back in time.
Getting There
Tower Bridge is located on Tower Bridge Road in the London borough of Tower Hamlets and is situated near the Tower of London. The exhibit is accessible from the North West Tower. The nearest underground stations are Tower Hill and London Bridge. The nearest train stations are London Bridge, Fenchurch Street and Tower Gateway, which serves the Docklands Light Railway. The nearest river boat stop is Tower Pier. Buses 15, 42, 78, 100 and RV1 all stop near the bridge as do open-top tour buses. Tower Bridge is located in the Congestion Charging zone. The nearest car park is situated on Lower Thames Street.
Hours & Times
Tower Bridge Exhibition is open daily 10:00 - 18:30 April to September and 9:30 - 18:00 October to March. Closed December 24, 25 and 26; late open on January 1. The last admission is 1 hour before the close. Bridge Lift times are seasonal.
Admission & Fees
Admission is charged. A reduced rate is available for children aged 5 - 15. Children under 5 are free of charge. Various family rates are available. Online booking is possible but entails no savings.
Things to Keep in Mind
The bridge is best viewed from the river.
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