London, England

Tower Bridge

The spectacular Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic monuments of the city of London as well as one of the most famous bridges in the world. This unique suspension bridge also doubles up as a bascule bridge which opens up to permit ships on the Thames to pass by.

Bridging the City for Over a Century

The 800-feet Victorian Gothic bridge was built in response to growing traffic that mandated a bridge across the Thames. It was inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1894. Visitors to the Tower Bridge can choose to walk the fenced pedestrian pathways along the roads on the bridge or enter the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

The Tower Bridge Exhibition

The Exhibition allows you access to the two central towers and visit the engine rooms that are at the heart of the bridge. You will also get to climb up to the high-level Walkways with an 11-metre stretch of glass flooring, allowing you stunning views of the bridge and the River Thames. If you’d rather not look down (which is understandable), you can soak in panoramic views of London city. There are also art installations complemented by creative lighting that transforms the environment within the historic monument.

Ship Traffic Priority Over Road Traffic

As odd as it sounds, but it is the policy of the Bridge to give priority to ships over cars and buses. However, they do issue a 24-hour notice so commuters can plan accordingly. That’s also when visitors can book tickets to see the bridge open under their feet – a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Photos from Tower Bridge

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