Tower Bridge is one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Built between 1886 and 1894, the suspension bridge consists of two towers, connected at the upper level by two walkways.
In the second half of the 19th century, river traffic increased due to commercial development in the East End of London. A traditional fixed bridge could not be built as it would cut off access to sailing ships between London Bridge and the Tower of London.
Sir John Wolfe Barry came up with the ideal of a bascule bridge, split into two equal halves which could be raised to allow river traffic to pass.
The colour scheme of the bridge dates back to the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue.
Both the towers of the bridge, the high-level walkways and the Victorian engine rooms form part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.
Summer opening times (April-September) of Tower Bridge Exhibition are: 10am to 5.30pm (last admission). Winter opening times (October to March) are: 9.30am-5pm (last admission). The Exhibition is closed from 24-26 December and open from 10am on 1 January.
Tickets must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance and are valid for one year from the date of purchase.
Adult tickets cost £9 and children’s tickets (age 5-15), £3.90. Family tickets are also available. Two adults and two children can access the Exhibition for £20.30.
To make the most of your trip, book tickets for the Exhibition during bridge lift times.
The nearest London Underground tube stations are Tower Hill, on the Circle and District Line, London Bridge on the Jubilee and Northern lines and Bermondsey on the Jubilee Line.
By bus, the following routes will take you to Tower Bridge: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1.
London Bridge, Fenchurch Street and Tower Gateway DLR train stations are closest to Tower Bridge.
For more information about travelling to the Exhibition, check out Transport for London.
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