Tower Bridge, London

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    Tower Bridge

    by solopes Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    Tower Bridge is one of London's best known landmarks for more than 100 years. The middle of the bridge can be raised to allow the boats to pass, what nowadays happens less than once a day.

    From the top there is a great view on the centre of London, with a display with the story of the bridge, and the original mechanism used to raise the bridge, however, the entrance is not cheap. (Actually closed... it seems)

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    Girl with a dolphin

    by Britannia2 Written Sep 22, 2014

    The statue close to Tower Bridge is called Girl with a Dolphin by David Wynne and was created in 1973. Sadly David died in September 2014 but his work lives on across London and the partner sculpture , Boy with a Dolphin can be found in Chelsea.
    David had no formal training as a sculpturer and his work always concentrated on movement.

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    good views and interesting

    by sparkieplug24 Written Sep 4, 2014

    This was my third time doing this as travel companion had never been to London before. We enjoyed it and the views of the Thames we found the engine especially interesting. YOu can spend as little as much time as you like but should only take around an hour to and hour and half to the whole thing

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    The Last of the Victorians

    by HackneyBird Written Jul 1, 2014

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    Tower Bridge is the best known of all London's bridges. It was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1894 and was the last of the Victorian bridges built across the Thames. It is also the only one of London's bridges that opens.

    The bridge was designed by Sir Horace Jones and built by Sir John Wolfe Barry, whose father, Sir Charles Barry, was the architect of the Houses of Parliament. An Act authorising the building of the bridge was passed in 1885. The Act stipulated that the bridge should have an opening span with a 61 metre clear width and 41 metres headroom and also that it should be built in the Gothic style. In 1886 the Prince of Wales laid the first stone. Unfortunately, Sir Horace Jones died the following year and the bridge was not built to the exact specifications of his original design.

    The total length of the bridge is 244 metres and each of the lifting bascules weighs 1,000 tons. The towers are 65 metres high and are joined by twin walk-ways which are 43 metres above the waters of the Thames. The walkways were closed in 1910 because they had become a haunt for pickpockets and prostitutes, but they have since been reopened.

    For the first years after is completion, Tower Bridge was opened several times a day. Ships approaching the bridge from downstream would sound their horns as a signal that they wanted to pass through. Notice is required twenty-four hours in advance for the bridge to open today.

    In 1952 a double-decker bus was caught in the middle of the bridge as it started to open and the driver had no option other than to accelerate and jump the gap.

    Today, Tower Bridge is one of London's main tourist attractions and offers a museum and spectacular views over the River Thames and the City of London from the top.

    Opening times - April -Sept 10.00am - 6.00pm (last admission 5.30pm)
    Oct - March 9.30am - 5.30pm (last admission 5.00pm)

    Admission - Adults - £9.00
    Child (aged 5 - 15) - £3.90
    Child (under 5) - Free
    Concessions - £6.50
    Family ticket from - £14.50
    Disabled/carer - Free

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    Tower Bridge

    by grayfo Updated Apr 21, 2014

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    Tower Bridge stands over the River Thames and is easily the most recognisable bridge in the World. Designed by Sir Horace Jones and engineered by Sir John Wolfe-Barry, the construction of the Tower Bridge began in 1886 and was completed in 1894.

    The towers, covered in ornate Victorian masonry, stand 206 ft. (63m) tall and are constructed of a steel frame. The structure has a main span of 200 ft. (61m), with a bascule roadway and two steel walkways which are 140 ft. (43m) high.

    It is also possible to take a tour inside the bridge. The Tower Bridge Exhibition takes visitors inside the towers to the high-level walkways.

    April to September: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
    October to March: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Adults: £9.00
    Children (aged 5-15): £3.90
    Children (Under 5): Free

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    Symbol of London?

    by toonsarah Updated Apr 14, 2014

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    Update April 2014: prices and opening hours updated, new photos added

    This is one of the iconic structures of London – so much so that an urban myth has it that the rich American who bought London Bridge to erect in the Arizona desert actually thought he was getting this one and was disappointed when he realised what he had purchased! I’m not sure if that’s true, but if you think about bridges over the Thames this one will inevitably come to mind.

    Tower Bridge was completed in 1894, and was considered one of the great engineering marvels of its age. It was the first to be built east of London Bridge, and its design was a response to the problem of constructing a bridge over a stretch of the river where shipping was so busy. The road crosses the river on two “bascules” – sections which can be raised to allow for ships to pass through. High above these a walkway was intended to allow pedestrians to cross even when the bascules were raised, but was closed as it was found that most people preferred simply to wait. Nowadays this walkway houses an exhibition about the history of the bridge and offers great views of the river (or so I’ve heard – I’ve yet to visit myself).

    Although river traffic is not as busy as it once was, the bridge is still lifted approximately 1,000 times a year to allow tall ships, cruise ships, naval vessels and other large craft to pass through. If you want to time your visit to coincide with a lift, check out the schedule on the website.

    You can see the bridge at any time of course, but if you want to visit the exhibition and check out the views, opening hours are 10.00 – 18.00 (last admission 17.30) 1st April - 30th September and 09.30 – 17.30 (last admission 17:00) 1st October - 31st March. Admission costs £9 for adults, £3.90 for children (5-15) and £6.30 for concessions. There are various deals for family groups of different sizes, so make sure you ask about these.

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    Majestic

    by cleocat Written Jan 28, 2014

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    I've seen it from many angles. It is quite an experience to see it approaching while on a boat on the Thames. I've walked across, drove across and admired it from all sides. People still get confused and call it London Bridge, while London Bridge is a less pretty bridge next to Tower Bridge.

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    Tower bridge exhabition

    by sparkieplug24 Written Dec 23, 2013

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    Your chance to go inside one of the most famous bridges in the world. There are videos to tell you about the bridge and then you can walk along the walkways read the various plaques and look out at the views.

    You can also view the engine room this is a museum that shows how the bridge actually works

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    Tower Bridge

    by antistar Updated Aug 1, 2013

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    David Beckham racing a neon speedboat under the rising bascule arms of Tower Bridge as fireworks explode in his wake to open the 2012 London Olympics. Can you get more English than that? Tower Bridge has become an icon of London in its short 100 or so year history. It has overshadowed its older neighbours, like the original medieval London Bridge, with the kind of pomp you'd expect at Trooping the Colour. It's not really very British to be so ostentatious with something so functional, and this is probably why some critics were scathing of it when it was built, calling it tawdry, absurd and pretentious. But this grand design spanning the sleepy old Thames has left an impression on everyone who has seen it.

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    Tower Bridge

    by Britannia2 Updated Jul 5, 2013

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    The iconic London bridge over the Thames that is known across the world.
    Tower Bridge crosses the Thames near the Tower of London on the north bank and close to City Hall on the south bank. To walk across takes about 5 minutes - there are steps to and from the riverside walkways on the bridge.
    Tower Bridge (built 1886–1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge and consists of two towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower.
    If you pay to see the in house exhibition you get to walk over the elevated part and this is a very good way of looking up and down the river.

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    Tower Bridge

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 22, 2013

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    Tower Bridge was built in 1886–1894. It is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London.
    You may enjoy stunning London views from the high level walkways. Tower Bridge houses four unique venues; the award-winning high level Walkways, the luxurious North Tower Lounge, the majestic Victorian Engine Rooms and the charming Bridge Master’s Dining Room.

    You can watch my 1 min 01 sec Video Tower Bridge and St Paul Cathedral out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    Tower Bridge Exhibition Opening Hours
    Summer Opening Hours: April - September 10:00 - 18:00 (last admission 17:30)
    Winter Opening Hours: October - March 09:30 - 17:30 (last admission 17:00)
    Adults £8.00
    Children (aged 5-15) £3.40
    Students (with identification) £5.60
    Seniors (aged 60 +) £5.60

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    Tower Bridge repainted.

    by breughel Updated May 3, 2013

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    It is each time a pleasure for me to see again the emblematic bridge of London. This time the metallic structures had been repainted in blue, white and some touches of red.
    Best views on Tower Bridge are from the wharf alongside the South Wall of the Tower of London.

    Last year, sitting on the balcony of the Dickens Inn, I saw the bridge go open to let pass the tall ship Stavros S Niarchos. This is a brig, a two mast square rigged school ship (photo 3). The (apprentice) sailors were standing on the sail yards. Quite spectacular for the public and the young sailors.
    After that the tall ship moored alongside the HMS Belfast.

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    GIRL with a DOLPHIN

    by davidjo Written Dec 15, 2012

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    Just to the east of Tower Bridge on the walk way by the river you will find this bronze fountain statue which was designed by David Wynne and placed there in 1976. It actually stands just at the side of Tower Hotel and makes a good foto if you manage to get Tower Bridge in the background. There is also a second statue at Chelsea School of Art called b "Boy with a Dolphin"

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    PROBABLY THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS BRIDGE

    by davidjo Written Dec 15, 2012

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    Tower Bridge was built in 1894 in Victoria Gothic style so it would be in harmony with the nearby Tower of London. 11,000 tons of steel were used for the framework of the 265 m long bridge, 450 workers and five different contractors. The mechanism hidden in the base of the towers which was used to open the bridge was steam run until 1976 when it was replaced by an electrical mechanism. When opened the 30 metre decks have a clearance of 45 metres and an angle of 83 degrees. Go inside the bridge and climb up to the walkways between the two towers for a wonderful view and excellent opportunity for photography.

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    DEAD MAN'S HOLE

    by davidjo Written Dec 15, 2012

    Dead Man's Hole was a mortuary just under Tower Bridge, on the south-east corner of the Tower f London, where dead bodies were washed up from the river after they jumped off the bridge in suicide attempts. The mortuary was built in to the base of the Tower which supported the walkway and would be stored there until there was time for the relatives to pick them up for burial. It is just by the tunnel under the bridge.

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