Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London. As a result, it is sometimes confused with London Bridge, about half a mile upstream. Tower Bridge is one of five London bridges owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation. It is the only one of the trust’s bridges not to connect the City of London directly to the Southwark bank, as its northern landfall is in Tower Hamlets. The bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal tension forces imposed by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical components of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower.
Explore our new permanent exhibition and discover the unsung heroes who kept an icon in motion.
See inside the Engine Rooms
Find one of London’s true hidden gems. Soak in the atmosphere as authentic machinery which once lifted Tower Bridge’s 1000 tonne bascules fill the space with whirring wheels and moving pistons. These beautifully maintained coal-driven engines are sure to amaze.
Set amongst the original steam engines, coal burners and accumulators that once powered the raising of Tower Bridge, uncover the fascinating histories of cooks, coal stokers and engineers.
Immerse yourself in this atmospheric space, where exciting interactives, newly commissioned films and never before displayed photographs will explore and explain the role of this dynamic workplace at the heart of Tower Bridge.
Advanced Ticket: Receive a discount on the standard price of admission when you buy online today.
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Tower Bridge + The Monument Tickets: For entry to both Tower Bridge and The Monument.
When booking your tickets online to Tower Bridge please note the following:
- Your e-ticket does not permit you fast track entry to Tower Bridge. Visitors are advised to allow additional time for validating their booking, security checks and lift access up to the Walkways.
- Entry into the Walkways cannot be guaranteed for a specific time at peak times or during Bridge Lifts.
- Tickets must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance and are valid for one year from the date of purchase.
- All children aged 15 years and below must be accompanied by an adult.
- Please view our full terms and conditions.
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