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Private Tour: Big Ben to Tower Bridge Walking Tour with a Local Guide in London
"This iconic part of the city offers a wide range of world renowned monuments and landmarks that testify British history. But Southbank is much more than these main attractions you will see on your typical postcard. It’s also a part of the city that’s who can’t wait to share with you their local knowledge and venues that are off the radar.  We won't only show you the buildings but also what's hidden behind the bricks. How? You will be connected with a proper Londoner in the know who will show you all of his crushes and criticisms about this iconic area of London. They will take you to the unknown places they love and visit regularly with fellow Londoners. Obviously you can expect this tour to take you around the famous monuments and landmarks. Standing by the river Thames you will be in awe of the city's most spectacular sights such as the London Eye
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Private Custom Tour: London in a Day
"Your day in London is totally customizable and the itinerary for your half- or full-day tour will be tailored to suit your needs and interests. Before your tour your private guide will contact you to discuss the things you want to see so that your logistics can be arranged in advance.On the day of your tour meet your guide at your hotel or preferred central location then set off by whatever means of transport is required. Transport meals and entrance fees are payable at your own expense.Perhaps visit some of the city must-sees like Tower of London or the ever-inspiring Big Ben – London’s architectural icon — or head to the Shard for sweeping panoramic views over London. Alt focus on the more offbeat London neighborhoods such as Soho
From $123.00
 
Private Walking Tour City of London
"Meet your guide in central London at your hotel and set off on an entertaining walking tour of the City of London. Catch a double decker bus. Then stroll along cobbled alleyways to reach the Strand and Fleet Street home of Britain’s national newspapers until the 1980s.Continue on to St Paul’s Cathedral London’s highest point for more than 1400 years. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of London St Paul's has hosted many national events including the wedding of Charles Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. Stroll through London's oldest district while learning more about catastrophic events like the Great Fire that reshaped the city
From GBP140.00

Tower Bridge Tips (308)

TOWER BRIDGE

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!]

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hevbell
Sep 22, 2016

Victorian Engineering Masterpiece

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.

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EasyMalc
Apr 25, 2016

Tower Bridge

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/

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HORSCHECK
Nov 02, 2015

One of the Icons of London (night view)

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)

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machomikemd
Jul 28, 2015
 
 
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One of the Icons of London (day view)

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)

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machomikemd
Jul 28, 2015

The Engine Room @Tower Bridge

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.

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Galaxy31
Jun 10, 2015

Tower Bridge Experience

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)

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Galaxy31
Jun 09, 2015

Tower Bridge Fom Above

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.

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Jun 08, 2015
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Tower Bridge

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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solopes
Oct 22, 2014

Girl with a dolphin

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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Britannia2
Sep 22, 2014

good views and interesting

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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sparkieplug24
Sep 04, 2014

The Last of the Victorians

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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Jul 01, 2014

Things to Do Near Tower Bridge

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HMS Belfast

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Hays Galleria

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Fashion and Textile Museum

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Getting to Tower Bridge

Address

Across the River Thames. Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP

Hours

  • Sunday 10:00 to 17:30
  • Monday 10:00 to 17:30
  • Tuesday 10:00 to 17:30
  • Wednesday 10:00 to 17:30
  • Thursday 10:00 to 17:30
  • Friday 10:00 to 17:30
  • Saturday 10:00 to 17:30

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