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Tower Bridge Exhibition

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

One of London’s most well-known attractions and a must visit for all tourists is the Tower Bridge Exhibition.  Not only does this landmark play an important role in history, but it provides a great view of the city. In this feature we explore in more detail about the Tower Bridge Exhibition and we would encourage you to read the Tower Bridge feature in conjuction with this one.

Sir Horace Jones designed Tower Bridge which was completed in 1894.  Right away, it was determined this bridge would be a source of attraction for those visiting the city.  For the time it was built, the architecture and engineering was pushing construction boundaries to its limit and this has resulted in this magnificent icon.  Above the bridge, are two elevated walkways, which at the time this was unique, in that visitors where able to cross the river even when the bridge bascules were opened.

As previously stated, the Bridge is most well-known for its amazing views of the city icons such as the    O2 ArenaThe Globe Theatre and Millennium Bridge.  However there is a great history behind this landmark, and to discover the secrets of the bridge all you need to do is step inside.  

Construction of Tower Bridge

Construction of Tower Bridge

When it was built, it was considered the largest and most sophisticated bascule bridge at that time.  The bascules were operated by hydraulic power, which was stored for immediate use.  Today, hydraulic power is still used to power the bridge, but electricity is the the power source instead of steam.  You can learn about how the bridge works, as well as others details surrounding the construction of Tower Bridge with a visit inside.

Speaking of interesting facts, the official website for the Tower Bridge Exhibition claims that in 1910, the high walkways were closed due to unpopularity.  To their surprised, many preferred to watch the bascules rise from the bottom.  Also you can now hire the walkways for  private celebrations.  With its view, this is a great location for a London wedding.

You can enjoy an independent tour of Tower Bridge, there are no tour guides, however, staff members are always on hand to answer questions that may have.  With detailed displays, hand-on exhibits, and films, you will learn all you need to know about the construction, history, and importance of the Tower Bridge.

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

For a unique look at the Tower Bridge Exhibition, a private evening tour or a behind the scenes tour is recommended.  Both have increased admission fees, but allow you to enjoy the landmark like never before.  An evening tour could include a magnificent sunset.  A behind the scene tour allows you to explore areas of the exhibition that are off limits to the public, including the control room, a bascule chambers below the riverbed, and much more.

As for the view, you will be amazed what you can see from the top of the towers and elevated walkway.  The view includes St.Paul's Cathedral, Tower of London, the London Eye, and the distance you will also catch a glimpse of Big Ben, The Monument and the Tate Modern.  What is unique is the special windows, which enable you to take great photographs without glass hindering the quality.

Even today, the bascules rise to allow river traffic to pass.  This is a sight worth waiting for and if you check out the website it will tell you when this is going to happen.  Tower Bridge Exhibition is open daily, with opening hours varying depending on the season.  For updated information on hours and admission price, verify ahead of your visit.

Find out more at www.towerbridge.org.uk