Construction of Tower Bridge
Several bridges were constructed to connect the two sides of the Thames as London expanded.
The first bridge to be built was the London Bridge and soon many followed, all completed to the west of this bridge so as not to disturb the port area.
During the nineteenth century, London developed immensely on the east side of London Bridge and a new bridge was necessary. It was decided that the best option was to build a drawbridge to allow the flow of ships on the River Thames. The two sides of the bridge would be lifted by vapor machines. It was inaugurated in 1894, eight years behind schedule.
In 1910, the high-level open-air walkways were closed, as most people preferred to walk on the bridge because these were considered unsafe.
In 1982, the high-level walkways were covered and are now part of the exhibition of the Tower Bridge Museum.
Visiting Tower Bridge
During your visit to the Tower Bridge, you’ll witness how the bridge’s elevation system worked from 1894 to 1976, thanks to a vapor machine and its later substitution by an electrical system.
The other part of the exhibition demonstrates the importance that Tower Bridge has had throughout the history of London. On one of the top floors, there's a photo exhibition of the world’s most famous bridges, including Tower Bridge.
London’s iconic symbol
Tower Bridge is one of the most emblematic symbols of London and makes for a beautiful photo of Britain’s capital. Visitors will learn how the bridge was constructed if they visit the inside of Tower Bridge. However, we do not consider it an essential visit.
Tower Bridge is usually confused with London Bridge, a starker bridge, located to the east of Tower Bridge, the first to be built connecting both sides of the Thames.
Buy tickets to Tower Bridge
Buying tickets online is the best way to visit Tower Bridge, as this way you won't need to queue up to buy them when you get to London. You can find out everything you need to know and buy your tickets by clicking on the link below:
April – September: 10 am to 6 pm
October – March: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Closed 24 – 26 December
Ticket to the exhibition: £ 11.40 (US$ 14)
Children between 5 and 15 years old: £ 5.70 (US$ 7)
Children under 5 years old: free entry
Free entry with the London Pass.
Tower Bridge Tickets £ 12.30 (US$ 15.10)