Tower Bridge, River Thames
Tower Bridge, a stunning example of Victorian Gothic architecture spans the River Thames in the heart of London, at 801 feet (244 meters). One of many recognisable London landmarks, Tower Bridge provides a main thoroughfare for traffic and pedestrians, as well as being one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Officially opened June 30, 1894 by the future King Edward VII, The Prince of Wales and his wife Alexandra of Denmark, The Princess of Wales, Tower Bridge took 8 years to complete. Designed as part-suspension/part-bascule, upper footpaths allowed for both river and pedestrian traffic to flow unimpeded, until their closure in 1910 due to lack of use.
Today, guided tours of the upper walkways provide the thrill of a glass floor section allowing for direct views to the street below. Or you can enjoy the Tower Bridge Exhibition giving access to both towers and the original Victorian engine rooms, where you can see photos, films and interactive displays exploring the whys and hows of construction. From the upper walkways you’ll be amazed at the clear views across London from this stunning vantage point, and the short walk to the Tower of London from this central location.
Travelling by London Tube: District & Circle Lines will take you to Tower Hill Station, north of Tower Bridge, or the Northern & Jubilee Lines stop at London Bridge Station, on the south bank.