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is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. Its blue suspension struts and neo-Gothic towers make it quite fascinating to look at. This suspension bridge was build over the River Thames and opened in 1894, with five major constructors overseeing its building over the years.
The bridge contains two towers and two horizontal walkways that tie the towers together. The roadway can be raised when big ships have to pass through. Tower Bridge used to be raised every day but nowadays it is raised only a couple of times a week and 24 hours' notice is required. The towers’ bases house the operating machineries and bascule pivots. The bridge itself is painted in blue, white, and red for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Its original color was chocolate brown.
The Tower Bridge Exhibition is a must see attraction for visitors of London. In 1910, the walkways situated between the towers were closed, being a haunt for pickpockets and prostitutes. They were opened again in 1982 and house the Tower Bridge Exhibition, which can be found in the Victorian engine rooms, the twin towers of the bridge, and the walkways. Visitors enjoy stunning views of famous landmarks and the River Thames. Those who prefer to visit the exhibition will see interactive displays, photos, and films, explaining how and why the Tower Bridge was constructed. The original steam engines are found close to the bridge’s south end and are open to visitors.
There is much more to the exhibition. Interactive kiosks help tourists find more about the famous landmarks of the capital city. Parents can also rest assured that their children will be entertained. Children of all ages can try deck quoits, giant hopscotch, and roller ball.
Various activities take place inside and around the bridge itself. These include art exhibitions featuring artists such as Zohreh Korangi, Chris Vervain, Brian Williams, and others. London in Black & White is an excellent photographic exhibition displaying rare images of places and people from the late 18th to the early 19th century. Generously offered by the London Metropolitan Archives, the sixty images offer visitors and tourists the rare chance to see the Pool of London, the Tower Bridge, and the surrounding areas. The images presenting life in London are grouped in 6 categories: waterways, Tower Bridge, boats, buildings, work, and life. The building of the St Paul’s Cathedral is the main publicity image.
The cost of admission is £6.00 for adults, £2.50 for children aged 5 to 15, and children under 5 visit free-of-charge. Those who want to visit nearby attractions can go to the Tower of London
, the St Katharine Docks, or Shad Thames. The riverside street Shad Thames houses numerous shops, bars, cafes, and boutique-style businesses, such as wine merchants and art galleries. The Tower of London is a famous landmark and a historic castle in London. Built by William the Conqueror, her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress had served as a royal residence and a prison.
Where is Tower Bridge
: Tower Bridge Road SE1
How to get to Tower Bridge
: Subway - District, Circle lines to Tower Hill station.
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Tower Bridge at night
City Hall view from Tower Bridge
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