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Tower Bridge, London

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Only a handful of bridges around the world have achieved iconic status, and Tower Bridge is one of them. Judging by its name and appearance, you might think the bridge is an original part of the adjacent Tower of London. Its construction, however, was completed in 1894, centuries after the fortress. Head into one tower and up to the walkway 42 m (138 ft) above the River Thames to reach the other tower. You'll have a panoramic view of the city along the way. Stop by the exhibit in the east walkway to watch a video about the bridge's construction, and to see a gallery of photos of 20 significant bridges around the world. Head into the Victorian engine rooms, where you can experience a recreation of the motor-based operation of the bridge at the time of its inauguration and view a virtual bridge-lift. If your visit to the area will be near dusk, stop to see the bridge lit up. Put Tower Bridge into our London itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in London.
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  • This is so much more than just a bridge. The exhibition is very informative and includes a short film about the making of the bridge and its workings. This history is very interesting. Don't confuse t...  more »
  • I was often in London and yet this bridge on the new - impressed me whether I go over it, admire it from the banks of the River Thames. This time we got a new perspective - we went with the ferry to Greenwich. On the other hand great, because Greenwich offers much to see and enjoy, on the other hand great because the views of Tower Bridge is a unique. I believe in the evening this look would be madness.
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  • Amazing place to visit. Very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. User friendly informative attraction about one of the world's most iconic landmarks. Not expensive and certainly a good value fo...  more »
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  • Definitely worth it, especially on a clear day. The queues are usually not too long here, so even if you didn't buy a ticket ahead of time, the wait is probably no more than 15 to 20 minutes. You have the option to take the lift up or walk the stairs, the stairs is much quicker. The view of the skyline on either side of the Thames is pretty awesome from here as you can see both sides of the river. You also get to check out the steam engines that operate the bridge as well. Part of the walkway is glass bottom, definitely not for the faint hearted.
  • There is one famous place or building for every capital in the world. Okay, sometimes more. For London, it's -besides Big Ben- the Tower Bridge. It's quite worth a visit, especially the famous walk high above the Thames. And don't forget the Engine Rooms. Really impressing.
  • Tower Bridge (and Big Ben) is definitely the most iconic place all over London. Walk over it and enjoy stunning views of Thames & London. If you are lucky, you may even catch the time that opens and see it fully opened ! There is also the Tower Bridge exhibition allowing you access to the upper part of the bridge (with tickets of course). The exhibition itself is not something special (quite small with some historical info about the bridge), but the fun here is a small part of the bridge, which recently opened to public, having a glass floor. It isn't so scary as you'd expect! Go for it and enjoy the cars passing just below your feet!
  • Tower Bridge is my favourite bridge of all the bridges. It is a very picturesque bridge. Also Tower Bridge still lifts up, on some days several times. Bridge lift times can be checked on line so that you can time your visit to witness this amazing phenomenon! Tower Bridge will be having some major repair work going on from Oct 2016 until end of December 2016 and will be closed to traffic, and on some days limited pedestrian access too.
  • Old London location. Lots of history. You can go inside and look around one of the worlds famous bridges. There is lots to do around the area. And Tower of London is next door. Well worth a visit.