Tower Bridge is a suspension engineering marvel bridge in London which was built during 1886–1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close and it is an iconic symbol of London. The Tower Bridge exhibition is a special attraction. Tourists can view designs, construction and the operating of the bridge. Tower Bridge is being used by over 40,000 people (motorists, cyclists and pedestrians) who cross it every day. In order to maintain the integrity of the structure, the government has imposed a 20-mile-per-hour speed restriction, and an 18-tonne weight limit on vehicles using the bridge, both weight and speed are monitored by sensors and cameras.
To visit the bridge you enter a lift to take you to the top. The lift operator gives you a very brief over site before it’s time to exit. First you cross the south facing side, You will see there are plenty of story boards explaining who designed & built the bridge. The views are great and there are small sliding panel windows to open to let you take photos without having to shoot through the glass.
When you get to the other end of the Tower Bridge, you have the opportunity to walk the north facing side and view the Tower of London. When you are back at ground level, with the same ticket you can walk down and underneath the bridge to the old engine rooms to see how the old steam powered engines used to raise the bridge over 1000 times a year. To see how the Tower bridge works is really interesting and worth visiting. Plenty of history and sights to be seen and photographed. If you are in London, I would highly recommend
Practical info for a visit to Tower Bridge
Opening hours of London Tower Bridge:
Summer Opening Hours: April – September 10:00 – 17:30 (last admission)
Winter Opening Hours: October – March 09:30 – 17:00 (last admission)
Tower Bridge Exhibition is closed 24 – 26 December and open from 10:00 on 1 January.
For more information you can check tower bridge website to make sure the bridge is not under construction.