07.04.2015
14:39

Tower Bridge Exhibition

Address:

Tower Bridge, SE1 2UP

Phone:

020-7403 3761

Website:

www.towerbridge.org.uk

Opening times:

April–Sept daily 10:00–18:30 (last admission 17:30)
October–March daily 9:30-18:00 (last admission 17:00)

How to get there:

Tower Hill station can be accessed from the District and Circle lines to the north side of the Bridge.
London Bridge station crosses the Northern and Jubilee lines and brings you to the south bank of the River Thames with Tower Bridge just a short walk away.

Entry fee:

Admission charge – Family & Groups discounted tickets available.

Additional information:

Fully accessible. Gift shop

Designed by Sir John Wolfe Barry, son of the architect of the Houses of Parliament, and Sir Horace Jones, Tower Bridge opened amid much fanfare in 1894, and remained the only bridge downriver of London Bridge for the next century. The towers of the bridge support suspension cables and contain lifts to reach the high-level footbridge, originally intended for use when the bascules—or mechanical arms—of the lower bridge are raised. Each weighs around 1,000 tons. This is an impressive sight when it happens, usually a few times each day. The exhibition takes visitors up the four storeys of the north tower, to the enclosed east walkway between the towers, which has magnificent views over Docklands. Returning along the west walkway, with more superb views of the Tower of London, St Paul’s, the London Eye and Big Ben, visitors descend again and cross the bridge to the basement of the south tower. Here can be seen the cast-iron boilers, flywheels and accumulator tanks of the lifting mechanism, a triumphant feat of Victorian engineering made sadly redundant by electrification in 1976.

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20.04.2015
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Update from Tower Bridge Exhibition

Designed by Sir John Wolfe Barry, son of the architect of the Houses of Parliament, and Sir Horace Jones, Tower Bridge opened amid much fanfare in 1894, and remained the only bridge downriver of London Bridge for the next century. The towers of the bridge support suspension cables and contain lifts to reach the high-level footbridge, originally intended for use when the bascules—or mechanical arms—of the lower bridge are raised. Each weighs around 1,000 tons. This is an impressive sight when it happens, usually a few times each day. The exhibition takes visitors up the four storeys of the north tower, to the enclosed east walkway between the towers, which has magnificent views over Docklands. Returning along the west walkway, with more superb views of the Tower of London, St Paul’s, the London Eye and Big Ben. Tower Bridge Exhibition has been bolstered with the installation of glass floor panels along its high-level Walkways. Visitors can now experience London life from a unique viewpoint, 42 metres above the River Thames. Lucky visitors may even enjoy the magic of the bridge lifting below their feet. Visitors descend again and cross the bridge to the basement of the south tower to get to the Victorian Engine Rooms. Here can be seen the cast-iron boilers, flywheels and accumulator tanks of the lifting mechanism, a triumphant feat of Victorian engineering made sadly redundant by electrification in 1976.

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