Il Tower Bridge, an imposing drawbridge built in the Victorian-Gothic style from 1886 to 1894, is one of the most important symbols of London. With its 244 meters in length and the two towers 65 meters high, the Tower Bridge is targeted every year by thousands of tourists curious to know its origins, history, mechanics or simply excited at the idea of walking above it, perhaps giving himself the more than unique opportunity to photograph the breathtaking view of the English metropolis offered by the "good giant". Here is everything you need to know for your visit.
- Hours and prices
- Online tickets and guided tours
- Where is it and how to get there
- What to see and how to visit Tower Bridge in London
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Hours and prices
Visit or simply stroll on Tower Bridge it can undoubtedly be a unique experience of its kind. In addition to the famous "catwalk" on the pedestrian walkways, in fact, you will have the opportunity to experience a real tour inside this extraordinary attraction. The whole "package", known as The Tower Bridge Exhibition, includes the aforementioned walk on the pedestrian paths, but also the walk on the glass walkway that connects the two towers of the bridge and the visit to the permanent exhibition in the North Tower, To South Tower and Engine room.
- from April to September, 10:00 - 17:30 (last admission); from October to March, 09:30 - 17:00 (last admission). The visit to the bridge is not possible on the 24th - 25th - 26th December, while the 10st January is open from 00:
- Lifting times: the bridge is raised only when ships pass. If you want to attend the event, we recommend that you find out about upcoming lifts through this site.
- Full ticket: Full ticket price is £ 9,80 - Buy online
- Reductions: Disabled, over 60 (with an identity card) and students aged 16 and over (with relevant document) pay the entrance fee of £ 6,80. Children aged 5-15 pay £ 4,20 (£ 3,00 with concession)
- Free: under-5s and those accompanying people with disabilities enter for free
- Tower bridge 2x1: thanks to an agreement with the National Rail Service, it is possible to visit a couple by paying only one ticket (2for1). Those who buy a train ticket, a Travelcard, or a return airport transfer of the Stansted Express or Gatwick Express companies, can obtain a special voucher by registering on the daysoutguide.co.uk website. NB: the 2 × 1 offer may not be valid for visits in the summer months (from July to September).
- Packages for families: £ 15.30 for 1 adult and 2 children; £ 20.00 for 2 adults and 1 child; £ 22.00 for 2 adults and 2 children; £ 24.50 for 2 adults and 3 children.
- Combined tickets: the combined ticket Tower Bridge + Monument to the Great Fire can be purchased from € 14,55 per person.
Online tickets and guided tours
Where is it and how to get there
From the city center, the options to reach the attraction are many, thanks to the efficient public transport network.
The main entrance and the ticket office are located in the North West Tower of the Bridge, the entrance to the Engine Room is located to the south, at the height of Shad Thames. A blue line drawn on the floor shows the path between one point and another.
- On foot: From central London it takes approximately 53 minutes on foot, heading east towards Whitehall / A3212 (Get Directions).
- By bus: through lines 15, 42, 78,100, RV1.
- By metro: Tower Hill station is served by the Circle and District lines, and is an 8-minute walk away. Alternatively there is London Bridge station, 11 minutes away on foot, served by the Northern line and the Jubilee line.
- By train: The nearest train stations are London Bridge, Fenchurch Street and Tower Gateway DLR.
- By car: The nearest car park is Tower Hill Coach and Car Park (Lower Thames Street, 50 - Get Directions)
What to see and how to visit Tower Bridge in London
Became one of the symbols par excellence of the English capital, Tower Bridge is probably the city's most scenic bridge, along with Millenium Bridge, the steel suspension bridge that connects the City of London with Southwalk.
Located on the Thames, near the Tower of London, this bridge dates back to 1894 and is crossed every day by thousands of cars and pedestrians: there is a covered walkway. To make it so characteristic are the two neo-Gothic towers 65 meters high supporting the entire structure. Furthermore, the actual bridge can rise and fall like a real drawbridge allowing the passage of large ships on the river.
Not everyone knows, however, that Tower Bridge is can be visited as a tourist attraction by purchasing a special ticket (London Pass holders are entitled to a 15% discount). Among the things to see at Tower Bridge, don't miss:
Tower Bridge Expeditions:
Open every day from 10:00 to 18:00, this exhibition tells the story and operation of the bridge through explanatory panels, videos and interactive experiences. This makes it a very fascinating place, suitable for entertaining both children and mechanical engineering enthusiasts.
Perhaps one of the most exciting and surreal experiences to do in London! Walking on the Glass Floor will allow you to admire the bridge from an unusual perspective, as well as offering you the opportunity to observe closely how a drawbridge works. If you suffer from vertigo, don't be afraid: the floor is perfectly safe because the thick glass plates would be able to support the weight of an elephant and two taxis!
Not for the faint of heart, the East Walkway is the beautiful panoramic walkway that connects the top of the two neo-Gothic towers. From its top you will be able to contemplate much of the London urban fabric, including the iconic Tower of London that stands out dignified among the tall skyscrapers typical of the city skyline.
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: the choice of the method of reaching Tower Bridge could make the difference; in any case, the ideal would be to reach the bridge ticket office, located in the North West Tower, before its opening hours;
- Buy the city card: The purchase of the London Pass allows free access to more than 60 attractions in the city. Its cost varies according to the age of the buyer and the duration of the pass itself (it starts from one day to 10 days);
- Priority ticket: buying a ticket with priority entrance will avoid long and endless queues at the ticket office;
- Watch out for restrictions: it is necessary to inquire in advance about the entry of food and drinks from the outside, especially during visits to the Towers and the Machine Room;
- Minimum time: Tower Bridge Exhibition deserves at least a couple of hours of your time. The more in-depth the visit (with inevitable photos of the panorama offered by the bridge over the city), the greater the satisfaction;
- Tickets and documents: do not forget to show up at the ticket office with an entrance ticket and a valid identity document, especially in case of concessions on the ticket.
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
La history of Tower Bridge it is quite fascinating and linked above all to the mechanism that allowed this extraordinary drawbridge, which is still in operation, to rise when a boat passed on the Thames.
It took eight years to build. The project, carried out by Horace Jones and Wolfe Barry, involved the construction of a bridge, an alternative to London Bridge, which connected the two opposite banks of the Thames, thus allowing a quick crossing of the ever-expanding city.
Il operation of the drawbridge, currently guaranteed by a totally electric mechanism, was entrusted to the power of steam, at least until 1976.
- Tower Bridge and London Bridge they are not the same bridge. Alucni think that the two names refer to the same bridge, in reality London Bridge is located next to Tower Bridge and is the bridge from which frontal photographs are generally taken. From its appearance it would seem a simple bridge intended for urban traffic, but in reality it is the oldest bridge in all of London.
- The Danish company Lego markets a miniature model of the famous bridge (easily purchased online). In addition, it is possible to admire a very faithful scale replica called Tower Bridge Lego, inside the Windsor Legoland park (about an hour's drive from London).
- The care of the fascinating Tower Bridge is truly manic: every 25 years, in fact, they are carried out restoration and maintenance works, to always guarantee correct functionality.
- It is possible to organize events on site such as wedding proposals or real celebrations complete with a reception organized by a competent catering company.