Tower Bridge, London

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Across the River Thames. Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP +44 20 7403 3761
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    TOWER BRIDGE

    by hevbell Updated Sep 22, 2016

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    Definitely one of Londons most recognisable sights it crosses the river Thames between the Tower of London and the Southbank promenade. Since the early 1980s it has been possible to access the upper walkways as well as an exhibition about the history of the bridge. The bridge opens for larger vessels to pass through. If you want to see this you can phone 0207940 3984 to find out timings as ships have to give at least 24 hour notice to have the bridge raised,
    [Not to be confused with London Bridge!]

    Directions: UndergroundTower Hill

    Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

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    Victorian Engineering Masterpiece

    by EasyMalc Updated Apr 25, 2016

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    I must confess that I haven’t got a clue how many bridges London has, and I’m sure there must be someone out there who can tell me, but I don’t need anyone to tell me which bridge is the most photographed - there can’t be any contest.
    Some bridges have a great design and some are just practical, but what captures my imagination about Tower Bridge is its ability to achieve both.
    The Industrial Revolution and the ever expanding British Empire helped the burgeoning London Docks become the biggest in the world, and apart from allowing access across the river downstream from London Bridge for the first time, the priority for the new Tower Bridge was to allow shipping access in and out of the Pool of London at all times.
    On June 30th 1894, thousands of Londoners turned out to see Queen Victoria officially open the bridge - and its been a tourist attraction ever since.
    Pedestrians are free to walk across the bridge at anytime, so is it worth paying £9 (full paying adult - April 2016) to see the Tower Bridge Exhibition.
    For your money a lift will transport you up the North Tower to the (enclosed) High Level Walkways with their glass floors. There are also two short films about the bridge and an exhibition about some of the world’s other famous bridges. On top of that you’re given the opportunity to visit the original engine rooms that powered the opening and closing of the bridge in the early days and well worth seeing.
    Given the fact that I had a 2for1 offer with my rail ticket I would have to say that it was money well spent.
    With so many things to spend your hard earned cash on in London, you may well think that photographing the bridge from the riverbank would suffice, but you won’t feel short-changed either if you pay a visit inside this most iconic of London landmarks.
    Allow an hour and a half for your visit.

    Address: Tower Bridge Road, EC3/SE1

    Directions: Tower Hill or London Bridge tubes

    Phone: 0 20 7626 3065

    Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

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    Tower Bridge

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 2, 2015

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    Tower Bridge is probably London's most iconic landmark. It was built between 1886 and 1894 in Neo-Gothic style.

    It is a bascule bridge (drawbridge) with two 65 metres tall towers, which are connected by two high level walkways. These can only be accessed via the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

    The two equal bascules on the bridge deck level are open to vehicles and pedestrians. They are said to be raised approximately 1000 times per year to let ships pass.

    Directions:
    Tower Bridge spans the River Thames near the Tower of London. It connects the boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Southwark. The nearest tube stations are Tower Hill and London Bridge.

    Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk/

    Address: Tower Bridge, London SE1

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    One of the Icons of London (night view)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 28, 2015

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    This will be my pictures of the famed tower bridge at night taken from millenium pier and thames river cruise.

    The famed Tower Bridge of London is easily one of the most popular Icons of the City of which it competes with the Big Ben & Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as the most photographed site of london and you can see it at the various london souvenirs such as books, post cards, fridge magnets, coffee table books and more.

    The famed Tower Bridge was opened in June 30, 1894 as an additional bridge that connects the south bank to the northbank of London to ease the traffic congestion due to the rapid industrialization during those times. The tower bridge connects Iron Gate, on the north bank of the river, with Tower Bridge Approach and Tower Bridge Road and it has a pedestrian and motorway acccess. The bridge is 244 meters in length of which the two towers are 65 meters in height. the central span of the bridge is 200 meters in length between the towers is split into two equal bascules or leaves, which can be raised to an angle of 86 degrees to allow various large river boats to pass by when raised up.

    There is even a tower bridge exhibition inside of which you need to walk to the from the west side of the bridge deck to the northern tower, from where visitors ascend to level 4 by lift before crossing the high-level walkways to the southern tower and see the exhibition of various photos, videos and victorian era steam rooms that operate it of which you can buy tickets online or via walk in and each ticket costs 9 GBP for Adults (16 year olds and above) and 3.50 GBP for children from 5 to 15 year olds and free for children less than 4 year old.

    The exhibition site is open:

    Summer Opening Hours:
    April – September 10:00 am – 5:30 pm (last admission)

    Winter Opening Hours:
    October – March 09:30 am – 17:00 pm (last admission)

    Address: Tower Bridge Road, EC3/SE1

    Directions: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, United Kingdom. .Nearest Tube Station is Tower Hill or London Bridge tubes

    Phone: +44 20 7403 3761

    Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

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    One of the Icons of London (day view)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 28, 2015

    The famed Tower Bridge of London is easily one of the most popular Icons of the City of which it competes with the Big Ben & Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as the most photographed site of london and you can see it at the various london souvenirs such as books, post cards, fridge magnets, coffee table books and more.

    The famed Tower Bridge was opened in June 30, 1894 as an additional bridge that connects the south bank to the northbank of London to ease the traffic congestion due to the rapid industrialization during those times. The tower bridge connects Iron Gate, on the north bank of the river, with Tower Bridge Approach and Tower Bridge Road and it has a pedestrian and motorway acccess. The bridge is 244 meters in length of which the two towers are 65 meters in height. the central span of the bridge is 200 meters in length between the towers is split into two equal bascules or leaves, which can be raised to an angle of 86 degrees to allow various large river boats to pass by when raised up.

    There is even a tower bridge exhibition inside of which you need to walk to the from the west side of the bridge deck to the northern tower, from where visitors ascend to level 4 by lift before crossing the high-level walkways to the southern tower and see the exhibition of various photos, videos and victorian era steam rooms that operate it of which you can buy tickets online or via walk in and each ticket costs 9 GBP for Adults (16 year olds and above) and 3.50 GBP for children from 5 to 15 year olds and free for children less than 4 year old.

    The exhibition site is open:

    Summer Opening Hours:
    April – September 10:00 am – 5:30 pm (last admission)

    Winter Opening Hours:
    October – March 09:30 am – 17:00 pm (last admission)

    Address: Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2UP

    Directions: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, United Kingdom. .Nearest Tube Station is Tower Hill or London Bridge tubes

    Phone: +44 20 7403 3761

    Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

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    The Engine Room @Tower Bridge

    by Galaxy31 Updated Jun 10, 2015

    The engine room is included in the price of the ticket for Tower Bridge experience and is located just under the bridge. The bridge was the largest and the most sophisticated bascule bridge ever completed.
    The original raising mechanism was powered by pressurised water stored in several hydraulic accumulators. The system was able to raise the two equal bascules which they were divided in the middle to an angle of 86 degrees and weighing over one thousand tons each. The whole system it was designed and installed by Hamilton Owen Randel.
    When you walk through you can see how this how it was working and the engines are kept in a very good condition. There’s was a guide that explains the whole working system. Even the system it looks so complicated the bascules only took a minute to raise lifting all that weight.

    Since 1976 the bascules are still driven with operating with hydraulic power but driven by oil and electricity and not steam.

    Address: Tower Bridge Road, EC3/SE1

    Directions: Tower Hill or London Bridge tubes

    Phone: 0 20 7626 3065

    Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

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    Tower Bridge Experience

    by Galaxy31 Updated Jun 9, 2015

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    Tower Bridge built between 1886 and 1894 and opened to the public in 1894. It has taken eight years, five contractors and four hundred construction workers to build the bridge. For years the walkways above the bridge was used for pedestrians to cross over when the bridge it was raised but closed in 1910 when people preferred to wait at the crossing and then cross. In 1982 once the walkways where restored and covered they were again opened to the public. Tower Bridge exhibition is housed in there.
    I happened to visit the exhibition twice once I went through the ballot on the Open House weekend and I done the tour and the second time I have won the ticket. Once you validate your ticket you need to go through a security check which they scan your bags before you get escorted upstairs. Once upstairs we watched a video about the history and the building of the bridge. Then we walked across the walkways taking the views from both sides of the river and on a clear day you can see far away but as it was a very misty day the visibility was limited. At the end of the walkways if you look up you can see a few wax figures on top of the beans working hard constructed the bridge.
    The bridge is Grade I listed building and is owned, funded and managed by the City of London Cooperation.

    THE FACTS
    Architect is Sir Horace Jones
    Taken eight years to build
    801 feet in length
    213 feet in height
    11 thousand steel used
    Cornish Granite and Portland stone was used.
    You can purchase a ticket on line which it’s valid up to one year and the price is £8.00 but if you buy a combined ticket with the Monument the price is £10.50. You can also buy family tickets.
    Summer opening times: April to September 10.00-17.00 (last admission)
    Winter opening times: October to March 9.30 -17.00 (last admission)

    Address: Tower Bridge Road, EC3/SE1

    Directions: Tower Hill or London Bridge tubes

    Phone: 0 20 7626 3065

    Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

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    Tower Bridge Fom Above

    by Galaxy31 Written Jun 8, 2015

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    On a visit at the Tower Bridge Exhibition I'm was fortunate enough for the bridge to open while I'm was touring the exhibition. It was just a great experience to be able to witness such a thing i'm was so excited about it that I couldn't stop talking about it. I'm was thinking that the bridge will touch the bottom., but of course it didn't.

    The visit I had taken back in 2012 after I won the prize on a competition with a local company.

    Address: Tower Bridge Road, EC3/SE1

    Directions: Tower Hill or London Bridge tubes

    Phone: 0 20 7626 3065

    Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

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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)

    Address: Tower Bridge Road, EC3/SE1

    Directions: Tower Hill or London Bridge tubes

    Phone: 0 20 7626 3065

    Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

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    Girl with a dolphin

    by Britannia2 Written Sep 22, 2014

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    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.

    Address: Tower Bridge Road, EC3/SE1

    Directions: Tower Hill tube or 15 bus and a short walk.

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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

    Address: Tower Bridge Road, EC3/SE1

    Directions: Tube - Tower Hill station (District and Circle Lines); London Bridge station (Northern and Jubilee lines)
    Bus - 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1
    Rail - London Bridge, Fenchurch Street, Tower Gateway DLR

    Phone: 0 20 7403 3761

    Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

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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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    Address: Tower Bridge Road, EC3/SE1

    Directions: Tower Bridge is located a 5 minute walk from Tower Hill Tube Station

    Phone: +44 (0) 20 7626 3065

    Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

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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.

    Address: Tower Bridge Road, EC3/SE1

    Directions: Nearest tube is Tower Hill (District & Circle lines) or London Bridge (Northern & Jubilee lines – follow signs to Tooley St and the river). The Ticket Office is on the north side of the Bridge.

    Phone: 020 7403 3761

    Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk/

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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.

    Address: Tower Bridge Road, EC3/SE1

    Directions: Tower Hill or London Bridge tubes

    Phone: 0 20 7626 3065

    Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

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