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The Tower Bridge in London is much more than a traffic route. With its spectacular neo-Gothic towers, the bridge on the Thames is one of the most famous landmarks of the British metropolis and even has its own exhibition. One highlight: crossing the river on the glass walkway. If you're lucky, you can also witness the bascule bridge opening up for ships on the river.

If you want to learn more about the Tower Bridge and London, you should book tickets for the exhibition in advance and ideally combine them with other attractions.
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8 tips for visiting the Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge opens - Unsplash: Liza Pooor
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Check it out when the bridge opensThe bridge is raised about 850 times a year. If you don't want to miss it during your visit, get an overview of the official Tower Bridge passage times. If the glass pedestrian walkway between the towers should not be accessible, the staff will happily tell you where else there is a good view of the bridge. From both sides of the Thames, you can also watch the drawbridge in action.
Tower Bridge opens - Unsplash: Laura Chouette
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Save money with the London PassAdmission to the Tower Bridge exhibition is included in the London Pass! If you want to visit multiple attractions in London, such as the Tower of London, The Shard or the Westminster Abbey, you can save not only time but also a little money with the London Pass.
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Explore Tower Bridge with appsThe Tower Bridge Family Trail app for iOS and Android allows you to learn more about the bridge, the river, and the London skyline in a family-friendly and fun way.
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Participate in guided toursEvery Saturday and Sunday, you can book one and a half hour guided tours through the towers, engine rooms, and other main attraction points within the Tower Bridge. The control stand, bascules, and other techniques are explained by senior technicians. For an additional fee, private tours can be requested daily at bookings@towerbridge.org.uk.
Tower Bridge | Philip Halling - CC BY-SA 2.0
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Learn more about the Tower BridgeIf your visit coincides with the school holidays, staff members in the exhibition rooms will answer any questions you may have about the Tower Bridge during Ask-the-Experts sessions. They only pause when the bridge is raised.
Tower Bridge | Mike Peel - CC BY-SA 4.0
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Discover even more of LondonThere is plenty to do in the vicinity of the Tower Bridge after a visit: On the northern banks of the river you can find the Tower of London and the Monument to the Great Fire of London; on the southern side, the Golden Hind, the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, and the London Eye. A stroll along the river is accompanied by good bars and restaurants along the way.
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Don't confuse it with the London BridgeBe careful not to get lost in London and end up at the wrong bridge. The so-called London Bridge may sound similar to the Tower Bridge and is often confused in search engines, but they are completely different attractions.
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Relaxed tours every third SaturdayAre you afraid of too much hustle and bustle on Tower Bridge? Then it's best to visit on the third Saturday of the month, as the so-called Relaxed Opening takes place from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. The offer is aimed, among others, at people who cannot tolerate large crowds due to neurological sensitivities, although other guests are also welcome, including families.
Tower Bridge at night | Diliff - CC BY-SA 3.0

Interesting facts about Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge is an integral part of the London skyline and at least as iconic as Big Ben or the Tower of London. Here we explain what lies behind the historic Tower Bridge.

Construction in the 19th Century

Between 1886 and 1894, the Tower Bridge was built to create a new route across the river in London's East End. The challenge at the time was to create a crossing without disrupting the shipping traffic to the Port of London. Therefore, the decision was made to build a bascule bridge, or drawbridge, which allows ships to pass when needed. At the time, the government insisted on a gothic style to harmonize it with the nearby Palace of Westminster.

Sensational Construction Technique

At the time of its opening in the late 19th century, the Tower Bridge was an impressive technical achievement. The 800 ft long suspension and drawbridge originally opened with steam engines, and only in 1974 was it converted to oil hydraulics. The opening of the flaps is still impressive today because of their massive roadways.

Tower Bridge as a tourist attraction

Today, the bridge is still constantly used by cars, bicycles, and pedestrians. At the same time, exhibition rooms are also open to tourists, which include the engine rooms and the transition between the two towers. The bridge is also repeatedly at the center of special celebrations, such as the 2012 Summer Olympics or the annual New Year's Eve fireworks.

What the exhibition offers

In the permanent exhibition guests learn more not only about the construction but also about the operation and maintenance of the Tower Bridge. The glass pedestrian walkway at 137 ft above the river allows guests to look down on passing ships. Engine rooms that were converted from steam to electric operation in 1976 are also accessible. Additionally, there is a focus on the people whose work is needed to operate the bridge. Another section deals with bridges in other cities, allowing for direct comparison.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Tower Bridge accessible for disabled people?

Thanks to elevators to all floors and the engine rooms, the Tower Bridge is fully wheelchair accessible. Information brochures in Braille and with high contrast can be borrowed at the ticket counter. Tours in British Sign Language take place every last Saturday of the month at 10:30 am. Assistance dogs are allowed. Read more.

Can you eat at the Tower Bridge?

The Tower Bridge does not have a café or dining facilities on site, but there are many restaurants on both sides of the Thames. Read more.

Can I take my luggage into the exhibitions?

Only small luggage and backpacks are allowed. No lockers are available on site for larger luggage, so limit yourself to the essentials. Read more.

Are there lockers at the Tower Bridge?

No, luggage cannot be stored on site. In addition, smaller bags will be searched by security personnel. Read more.

Is there internet?

Yes, the Tower Bridge offers free Wi-Fi. Read more.

Can I cancel my ticket?

No, but spontaneous schedule changes are possible in emergencies at bookings@towerbridge.org.uk. Read more.

Is the Tower Bridge suitable for children?

Yes, children are allowed to enter the Tower Bridge, and each ticket includes access to family activities that take place on selected days. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The bridge is open for pedestrians and motor vehicles 24 hours a day, every day. Exhibitions and interiors are accessible daily from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (last admission at 5:00 pm). On the third Saturday of each month, access during Relaxed Opening lasts until 11:30 am. From December 24th to 26th, the interiors are closed.

tickets

Adult tickets cost £12.30, children aged 5-15 pay £6.20, and children under 5 have free admission. People with disabilities, students aged 16 and above, and guests over 60 pay £9.20. In groups, each adult gets a reduced price of £10.82, and each child has a price of £5.46. Admission tickets, including tours, cost £27 per adult and £23 per child.

address

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge Road
London
SE1 2UP

how to get there

The Tower Bridge is easily accessible by public transport. The nearest London Underground stations are Tower Hill (District and Circle lines) and London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines). London Bridge is a railway station where national trains stop. Guests can also reach the bridge by bus: lines 15, 42, 78, 100, and RV1 stop near the Tower Bridge. River boats stop at nearby Tower Pier or St Katherine Pier. The nearest car park is the Tower Hill Coach and Car Park (charges apply). The ticket office for the exhibition rooms is located in the north-west tower of the bascule bridge.

website

Official site: https://www.towerbridge.org.uk/
Klaus Kainz
Written byKlaus KainzAs a studied historian, Klaus is not only interested in historical sights, but also in their fascinating backgrounds. For TicketLens, he gets to the heart of the most interesting information about attractions and travel destinations.
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