The Tower Bridge is a defining landmark of London and one of the city’s most famous bridges. If you’d like to discover the stories behind the engineering, the people, and the architecture, you can purchase your entry ticket online and get ready to follow in the footsteps of the unsung heroes of Tower Bridge.
Here’s a complete guide with information for visitors, including opening hours, facts, history as well as ticket info and other useful info before visiting the bridge.
|Ticket Type||Adult||Child (aged 5-15)||1 Adult & 2 Children||2 Adults & 2 Children||Under 5|
|Tower Bridge Ticket||£9.80||£4.20||£15.30||£22||Free|
|Tower Bridge + The Monument Ticket*||£12||£5.50||£20.10||£29||Free|
|Tower Bridge Behind the Scenes Guided Tour||£50||/||/||/||/|
*Note that the Tower Bridge + The Monument ticket is valid for seven days from the date of purchase and can only be used once at each attraction.
Tower Bridge Ticket
Includes entrance where you can explore at your leisure and enjoy access to the Engine Rooms, walkways, and Glass Floor.
Tower Bridge + The Monument Ticket
Explore the bridge at your leisure and enjoy access to the Engine Rooms, walkways, and Glass Floor. This ticket also includes entry to The Monument, Christopher Wren’s tribute to the Great Fire of London and the world’s tallest freestanding column. From the top of the viewing platform you’ll enjoy 360 views of London’s skyline.
Tower Bridge Behind the Scenes Guided Tour
This is a guided tour of the Tower Bridge that takes you behind the scenes for a rare and extended look around the bridge and its iconic towers, walkways, and engine rooms.
You’ll also get to join one of the expert Technical Officers as they escort you around the bridge’s Control Cabin, Machinery Room, and Bascule Chambers. This tour is two hours in duration and is available for those aged 14 years and over.
Tower Bridge is open all year round between 09:30 – 17:00 with the below exceptions:
- On the third Saturday of every month, the bridge opens at the later time of 10 am.
- From the 24th – 26th December, Tower Bridge is closed for Christmas.
- On January 1st, it opens at 10am.
History & more information
Tower Bridge is a bascule and suspension bridge that stretches over the River Thames and is a must-see London landmark. Built between 1886 and 1894 on the back of a design competition, the bridge has been in operation for over 125 years.
It took eight years to finish the construction where over 11,000 tons of steel were used to build the framework for the walkways and towers. Additionally, the two piers are constructed from more than 70,000 tons of concrete.
It has a total length of 240 meters (800 feet) and the two towers are each 65 meters (213 feet) high. The bridge can be raised in five minutes thanks to the counterbalanced bascules, who are weighing more than 1,000 tons each.
Today visitors can step inside the spectacular structure and discover the stories behind its design, construction, and upkeep. Interactive displays, a new exhibit, and videos all uncover the history of Tower Bridge and allow visitors to experience the inner workings of the Victorian Engine Rooms.
No visit should pass by without walking the high-level walkways and taking in stunning panoramic views of the city. Those who don’t have a fear of heights should step out onto the glass floor and enjoy a birds-eye view of the River Thames and the passing boats.
Points of Interest
Take in panoramic views over the River Thames and the city of London.
Glance down at London from 42 meters above the River Thames! This permanent feature offers visitors a remarkable birds-eye view.
Learn how the bridge was once powered by steam engines, coal burners, and accumulators! If you’re interested in the history of the bridge and how it functions, you shouldn’t miss to check out the engine rooms.
How to get to Tower Bridge
The entrance is found next to the ticket office at the North West Tower of the Bridge and can be accessed by multiple modes of transport.
Bus numbers 15, 42, 78, 100, and 343 all make stops at Tower Bridge.
The nearest tube station is Tower Hill station which is serviced by the District and Circle line. Alternatively, take the Northern or Jubilee lines to London Bridge station.
London Bridge, Fenchurch Street, and Tower Gateway are the three closest overground train stations.
Riverboats stop at St Katherine Pier and Tower Pier just a short walk away from the bridge.
Though it’s not recommended you arrive by car, the nearest car park is Tower Hill Coach and Car Park at EC3R 6DT.
There are a number of attractions in proximity to Tower Bridge including historical monuments, history museums, and bustling markets. The below attractions are all within a 30-minute walk of the bridge:
- The Tower of London
- The Shard
- HMS Belfast
- The Monument to the Great Fire of London
- Katherine Docks
- Sky Garden
- Borough Market
- The Crown Jewels.
Best time to visit
Crowds gather during the middle of the day mid-week and all day on weekends. To avoid huddles of tourists, try arriving before the doors open and aim to visit midweek.
If you don’t mind crowds, try timing your visit with the lifting of the bridge (which is done when boats are passing). To do so, check the lifting times here. Additionally, I can recommend coming here early in the morning to enjoy the bridge without people.
Facts about Tower Bridge
- There were over 50 designs submitted for the bridge.
- You can watch the Tower bridge live, 24 hours a day via an HD Webcam stream found here.
- The bridge is named after the Tower of London which is located on one side of the river.
- More than 400 workers helped to build the bridge and over 70000 tons of concrete were sunk to the bed of the River Thames to support the bridge.
- The bridge is crossed by over 40,000 people every day and it is still a busy and vital crossing of the Thames.
- The bridge is 800 feet (244m)in length with two towers each 213 feet (65 m) high, built on piers. The central span of 200 feet (61 m) between the towers is split into two equal bascules or leaves, which can be raised to an angle of 86 degrees to allow river traffic to pass.
- Despite having an architectural design that makes the bridge look old, it is, in fact, a very modern piece of architecture as the construction of the bridge began in 1886 at the height of the Victorian era.
- The bridge usually opens at least once a day and if you’re a boat that requires an opening, you need to book it in advance.
- The bridge’s bascules are raised around 1000 times a year.
- Tower Bridge was originally chocolate brown but was painted red, white and blue in 1977 to celebrate The Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
FAQ’s (Things to know before you go)
Can you go up Tower Bridge?
Upon entering the North Tower, you can either walk up 206 steps or take a lift to reach the top. From here, you can walk across the bridge using the east and west walkways.
How long does it take to tour Tower Bridge?
It’s recommended that you allow at least an hour to explore the bridge.
Can you buy Tower Bridge tickets on the day?
Tickets can be purchased on arrival from the attraction or in advance online. During high-season it’s recommended to purchase tickets in advance since it’s one of the most popular attractions in London.
Does my Tower Bridge ticket include the Glass Floor and the Engine Rooms?
Yes, the basic ticket allows you to experience the Glass Floor in the high-level Walkways, the north and south Towers, the Engine Rooms, and the shop.
Is Tower Bridge fully accessible?
Yes, it is fully accessible and there is a lift that takes visitors to all levels.
Can I take my belongings into the attraction?
As it’s still a working bridge, there are no bag storage or locker room facilities on site. It’s recommended you avoid bringing large luggage with you, but day bags and handbags are fine.
Are dogs allowed inside Tower Bridge?
Yes, well-behaved dogs are allowed inside but must be kept on a lead and under supervision at all times.
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