Tower Bridge interior drawbridge tour

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Pau Monfort

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The Tower Bridge is one of the most famous monuments in London as well as the Palace of Westminster (Big Ben) or the Tower of London.

The history of Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge, built in 1894, is a drawbridge that was used to relieve traffic from London Bridge and to promote the development of the capital to the east. Victorian Gothic in style, Tower Bridge is nearly 290 meters long, 15 meters wide and 43 meters high.

In 2014, the installation of glass floors in the gangway allows visitors to have an unusual view of the bridge and to observe the traffic under their feet.


What do you see when you visit Tower Bridge?

The visit begins with a video that presents the history of Tower Bridge then continues by crossing the footbridge where we discover the Thames under our feet thanks to the glass floor.

Also in the catwalk, a photo exhibition showcases the most beautiful bridges in the world


The visit gives the right to discover the magnificent engine room of the Victorian era.

The ticket allows you to access both the tower and the machine room (located in 2 different places, be careful not to lose your ticket to access the machine room!).

Where is the entrance to Tower Bridge?

The main entrance to the Tower Bridge Exhibition and the ticket office are located in the northwest tower of the bridge.

The Victorian engine room is located in the southern part of the bridge at river level over Shad Thames. To connect the second part of the Exhibition, you just need to follow the blue lines painted on the ground.


My tips for visiting Tower Bridge

I strongly recommend that you avoid visiting Tower Bridge during high heat. Indeed, the monument is not air-conditioned, the visit of the footbridge is done in a stifling atmosphere.

The glass walkway does not run the entire length of the monument, so to see the opening of the bridge I recommend that you be outside on the banks of the Thames and not inside the bridge where visibility is restricted.


How much does the Tower Bridge visit cost?

Good deal, the Tower Bridge visit is free for card holders London Pass, London Explorer Pass et Iventure London Attractions Pass.

You can either buy your ticket on the spot or on the internet, this solution which is more economical, will also make it possible not to take out money during your stay and to avoid long queues.

On the internet, do not hesitate to compare the prices between the Great Britain Tourist Board website

 And the one of GetYourGuide, prices may vary from one site to another.

Tower Bridge is free for children less than 5 years old.


What are the opening hours of the Tower
Bridge ?

Opening hours in summer: 10h00 - 17h30
April - September

Opening hours in winter: 09 h 30 - 17 h00
October- March

Closed from December 24 to 26 and open on January 1 from 10 a.m. to 00 p.m.


How long does it take to visit Tower Bridge?

It will take you less than an hour to visit everything.


What to visit near Tower Bridge?

  • La Tower of London: former royal residence.
  • HMS Belfast: warship used by the British during WWII. Now transformed into a museum.

Shakespeare's Globe : open-air Elizabethan theater built in 1599 on Bankside to accommodate William Shakespeare's troupe

  • The Shard : the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe offering a panoramic view of London.


Where is Tower Bridge located?

Address: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP

Metro bus River shuttles Tower Hill15, 42, 78, 100, RV1Tower Pier


When to attend the opening of Tower Bridge?

Good news, the bridge is still working! It is lifted 1000 times a year. The dates are known up to several months in advance. You can consult the days and liftings on the site of the monument.


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