Tower Bridge - London
Tower Bridge is one of the UK's most easily recognisable tourist attractions, with its Gothic towers and rising bascules to allow the passage of shipping, it was considered the gateway to London being the last downstream bridge on the Thames until the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge in Dartford, Kent, was opened in 1992
Tower Bridge was built to solve a river crossing problem south of London Bridge, with the main purpose being the facilitation of access for ships. A competition was set up to find a design for a bridge, or at least a solution to the problem. In the end a design by Horace Jones (also one of the judges for the competition) was chosen. Construction began in 1886 and completed in 1894.
The walkways connecting the two towers are situated 42m above the Thames providing panoramic views of neighbouring tourist attractions - the Tower of London , HMS Belfast, St Paul's Cathedral. Inside the towers, visitors can interact with the exhibits of the Tower Bridge Exhibition, and watch films detailing the history and workings of the Bridge.
Tower Bridge Opening Times:
April - September 10am - 6:30pm last admission 5:30pm
October - March 9:30am - 6pm last admission 5pm
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