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.