A review of London’s iconic Tower Bridge which was built between 1886 and 1894 and crosses the River Thames. Tickets cost £8 and includes an exhibition. The nearest London Underground station is Tower Hill on the Circle and District lines. If you are a keen photographer Tower Bridge provides spectacular views of London. Once entering Tower Bridge and purchasing your tickets an elevator will take you to the top level. After watching a short video you have a chance to explore the two walk ways filled with exhibits.
The Tower Bridge Exhibition is a great way to explore the famous bridge. The two walkways containing the exhibits are 42 metres above the River Thames. The East Walkway is a photographic exhibition featuring over 20 “Great Bridges of the World” showcasing these great feats of engineering. Visitors will get great views of landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral. The West Walkway provides an exhibition called “This is London” featuring over 60 illustrations from the painter Miroslav Sasek’s classic children’s book, “This is London”. The tour of Tower bridge ends with a visit to the original lifting machinery in the Victorian Engine Rooms that comes with sounds that reminds you of the bridges origins.
The bridge is often mistaken for London Bridge which it is not. London Bridge is the next bridge upstream. Tower Bridge to this day is still a vital bridge allowing cars to cross and is very busy. Over 40,000 people cross the bridge everyday. The bascules are opened approximately 1000 times a year and 24 hours notice is required to open the bridge.
A visit to London’s Tower Bridge is a must for any visitor simply because of its iconic status. The £8 provides great value for money which includes very informative exhibitions, spectacular views and great photographic opportunities.