Tower Bridge London
Tower Bridge London Tourist Guide and Tips
One of London's most well-known landmarks is the Tower Bridge, with its two massive towers rising 200 feet above the River Thames (fascinating behind-the-scenes tours are available). Walk across the Thames for the greatest Tower views, as well as a sight of London Bridge (which many people incorrectly assume is Tower Bridge) in the distance. Butler's Wharf, a quirky part of town with several eateries, is located on the south side of the bridge.
Tower Bridge Address: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP
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Built between 1886 and 1894, Tower Bridge is a Grade I listed combination bascule and suspension bridge in London, designed by Horace Jones and engineered by John Wolfe Barry. The Bridge House Estates, a charity trust created in 1282, owns and maintains five London bridges that cross the River Thames adjacent to the Tower of London.
The bridge was built to improve access to London's East End, which had extended its economic potential in the nineteenth century. In 1894, Edward, Prince of Wales, and Alexandra, Princess of Wales, officially inaugurated the bridge.
The bridge spans 800 feet (240 metres) and is made up of two 213-foot (65-meter) bridge towers joined by two horizontal walkways on the top level, as well as a central pair of bascules that may open to facilitate shipping. The operating mechanism was originally hydraulically driven, but in 1972 it was upgraded to an electro-hydraulic system.
The bridge is part of the London Inner Ring Road, and therefore the London congestion charge zone's perimeter, and it continues to be a major traffic artery, with 40,000 crossings each day. The bridge deck is open to both cars and pedestrians, while the Tower Bridge Exhibition includes the bridge's twin towers, high-level walkways, and Victorian engine rooms.
Getting to Tower Bridge
The nearest tube station is TOWER HILL and it´s about 5 minutes’ walk from The Tower of London.
Several mainline stations, including: are within reasonable walking distance of the Tower.
- 10-15 mins from London Bridge Station
- 20 min from Liverpool Street Station
- 25 mins from London Charring Cross Station