Built in 1886 this bridge is so good.
It does what all bridges should.
Allows people to walk over water
Making there trips across the Thames much shorter.
Looking back you can see the Tower
A sign of the British empires old power.
Where people were hung and drawn and pretty much told off.
Now you can go in for the £16.70, cheap ticket, I scoff.
But back to the bridge with its architecture so great.
With its distinctive outline and Victorian shape.
Originally powered by steam and counter weights
but replaced by diesel engines at a much later date.
A modern miracle and engineering marvel.
You can get across even with a car full.
Of course now the Shard stands close by.
The builders of that were obviously not shy.
Now the outline has old and new alike
But modern buildings can, i guess take a hike!
They should just officially change its name to London Bridge, amiright?
If you thought it was called as such already, you are not alone. But don't feel ashamed, it's probably Fergie's fault. The video for her song London Bridge shows her dancing on or in or around Tower Bridge. Not that YOU get your historical information from music videos, right? ...Right??
In any case, this is a beautiful bridge to view from the banks of the Thames or walk across (you don't have to pay any money to walk, run, cycle, drive or dance across - you can choose to take a tour of the bridge's engine room, if you like).
It's about a 10-15 minute walk east from London Bridge station, which can be made along the Thames. They have been building this up a bit, but it's very ... overly built trying to be tourist-friendly but sort of missing the mark. (Lots of concrete and glass, prob not what you'll expect from London, but don't despair it gets better!)
Tower Bridge is a bit out of the way, but you just have to make it part of a pretty good circuit of London sites: You can cross the bridge itself, and head back West, where you'll pass the Tower of London (check). This is where your river walk ends (for a bit), and you have to head inland a bit to keep heading West. Which I recommend doing, until you hit St Paul's Cathedral (check) and Millennium Bridge (check). Cross that bridge back to the South Bank and you'll hit Shakespeare's Globe (check), the Tate Modern art museum (check), and a more lively Southbank (check) river walk scene with food trucks, a skate park, a book fair, restaurants and shops.
My favourite secret spot along this walk is Queen Elizabeth Hall rooftop garden. Look out for it - there's a cafe up there and seating and a great view.
If it's a nice day, keep on walking to the London Eye (check). If you're short on time, i's a great way to spend half a day in London and hit quite a few landmarks on foot. Lots of bang for your buck.
Like many others, I thought the Tower Bridge was called the London Bridge. I've been to the London Bridge in Lake Havasu, Arizona in the United States. I always pictured (in my mind) the Tower Bridge to be the London Bridge in London. My mistake.
The Tower Bridge is truly magnificent! Another one of those iconic symbols of London, England. We viewed the Tower Bridge during the day and during the night. I thought that it looked more impressive in the evening all lighted up. Spectacular!!
Words and pictures cannot fully describe how beautiful the Tower Bridge is. Visit it in person! You won't be disappointed!
I suffer wanderlust, I always dream of places I want to go see, I surround myself with pictures of things, one of the many things I wanted to see was the Tower Bridge. I find the Tower Bridge to be beautiful and that was just in pictures.
When I personally saw the Tower Bridge, my eyes teared up, had to pinch myself to make sure I was really standing in front of it, that my eyes were taking in all that beauty! The detail on every part of the bridge, amazing!
If you find yourself in London, go see the Tower Bridge, she is a beauty!
Large magnificent feat of engineering and architecture. It's massive froma distance. Im sad i missed the exhibition and the upper towers but when it's pouring buckets it was just good to get across. Perhaps one of the most iconic images across the River Thames
I, like all Americans mistook this bridge for London Bridge. Although I never got to see the London Bridge, I was quite happy to imagine this as its more famous counterpart. Since I saw it at night, its charm was greater because of being lit up. The place is very photo-friendly so all you photo-hogs will love it! The walk along the bridge is very scenic and pleasant, we were also blessed with good weather which is rare in London, I hear. Alot of tourists, runners, lovers strolling past you cuddling and taking pictures. There are restaurants and small bakeries/cafes where you can rest and grub at. Definitely a must see if you are visiting London.
P.s: Its also very close to the Borough market area which is London's biggest food market.
Don't you mean London Bridge?! :) Exclaimed the American.
Beautiful bridge, had no idea it was tiffany blue I like! You can walk it or get a great photo-op if you visit the Tower of London. Lots of runners too, how are they running on this cobblestone in shorts/tank in this freezing/damp London weather?!
Again, with the trickery! London PLEASE get the name right. As any American knows, this gorgeous bastion of bridges is *London* Bridge, not Tower Bridge. Any and every American knows this. What? You mean this *isn't* London Bridge?
Wow. Okay. So, I screwed up on the name of the bridge and had to be pointed to the correct bridge I was trying to visit (most Londoners are very familiar with the drill; thanks). But, once I got an eyeful (from a distance), there was little doubt that I had found that which I sought. The Tower Bridge is every bit the icon in real life as it seems in books, pictures and on television. It's simply... grand. You'll feel like a VIP just gazing at it. Before long, in an effort to take the best pictures you can, you'll start to walk it and before too long, you're doing it. You're going across the bridge and -- literally -- adding your footsteps to history. There are very few words than can convey the majesty of this marvel. If you miss out on Tower Bridge, you're doing it wrong. You are.
The Tower Bridge is a can't miss during any stay in London. This architectural wonder is absolutely stunning and finding a way to be experience made me feel more than anything else; the Tube, fish & chips, the neighborhoods... all incredible in their own right but nothing -- nothing -- else made me feel as connected and thrilled to be in London as when I spied, walked and experienced Tower Bridge. It's certainly worthy of my 1100th review.
eponymous with London, tower bridge is a fantastic structure, great views both sides of the river!
Gorgeous, iconic view, both of the bridge and from the bridge. It's quite fun to watch the drawbridge rise for boats passing through - it's not a sight you see very often anymore.
It's visible if you exit the Tower of London from the back, and the architecture is very intricate and impressive to look at. You can walk across it during regular traffic, and if you're up for paying for a ticket you can get a tour of the towers themselves and walk across the top walkway.
I did the Tower Bridge exhibition through Open House a few years back. Our guide was really informative and it was pretty cool to walk up the stairs to the pedestrian walkways on the top. When the bridge was lifted more frequently in the bridge's early years, this is how everyone got across in order to keep the pedestrian traffic moving. On the walkway there was an interesting exhibition about the bridge's history and events surrounding the bridge.
On the other side of the Thames we walked down the stairs and into the exhibition showing how they lift the bridge. It was really interesting to see the different types of technology used to lift the bridges over the ages.
Even if you don't go into the exhibition, the bridge itself is a gorgeous London landmark to sit and admire.
This bridge is definitely the representation of London as a bridge. It is not only majestic but beautiful piece of art when you visit in person. You can come to visit this place as a student and buy a combo ticket of 6.20 pounds that includes also a tour to The Monument, another amazing place to go in London. I highly recommend buying the combo ticket and go to both places in one day. The area around the bridge can be quite windy, so I would recommend bringing a jacket. In addition, this place also has some of the nicest souvenirs in London, so I would get souvenirs here.
Tower bridge is the beautiful icon of London which is often confused with the London bridge directly west of this bridge.
Tower bridge is arguably one of the most beautiful bridges in not only London, but the entire world. It consists of two identical towers and a drawbridge in the middle to allow boats to pass. This historic bridge, just off the Tower of London is a tourist Mecca and one of the busier parts of the city with tourists.
You can get great views and pictures near the City Cruises next to the Tower of London and on the opposite bank as well.
Tower bridge is lovely and wonderful to walk across. It is so lively. The view of the city was great. It does cost money to go visit and up stairs. Yes, I too had gotten the Tower Bridge mixed up with London Bridge. Now I know better. I would love to come back to visit London maybe more at the night time.
Beautiful bridge in London. Walked across it several times during my visit (mainly because I was lost the first few times)
Note: This is NOT the London bridge though some people might tell you it is and you will be lost if you are searching for that bar next to London Bridge next to this one. Though there are a good selection of bars around this bridge.
Every time my friends visit London, I always show them this must-see landmark.
The tower bridge, one of the many iconic buildings in London, is just great. Actually there is nothing more to say... it's THE TOWER BRIDGE in LONDON!! Just go there!
Beautiful at night!
This bridge is the perfect night time view of London that you get whenever you think of the things that London may be famous for, or even do a Google search.
However, this is actually what people refer to as the "London Bridge" even though it's correct name is the Tower Bridge. The London Bridge is actually one street away further into the city center, and looks like ... any other bridge. Supposedly, the bridge was run-down so London decide to replace it, and some random person in Arizona bought the "run-down" London Bridge?? LOL
Regardless, the Tower Bridge is beautiful! It basically was everything I thought it was going be since I had seen so many pictures prior to coming. This is a great area during the day because there's a riverwalk along the side of Thames so you can walk up and down to see different views of the Tower Bridge. Also at night, if you are near the Tower of London area, you can get a fantastic view of the bridge all lit up. So pretty!
This is a definite must see both during the day and at night, and especially great if you have a good vantage point to take photos!
Who haven't heard about that sightseeing in London..
Definitely, must see!
While visiting my friend in London, we came to take a look at the bridge first time in the evening and she let me feel like a tourist - overcrowded, everybody was screaming how beautiful it is.
But second time, she brought me here in the early morning, when the city was mostly sleeping - that was something, I will never forget those emotions that I felt after what she told about London's history and the history of the Bridge itself, about it's architecture.. I felt like a real Londoner and was proud to be a part of that magical city at least for some period of time..
This is my 1,000th review. That is a damn large number and deserves a damn good review.
I'll try my best not to disappoint.
I moved to London in July of this year, having barely been to the city before, knowing no one, unsure of what I was doing. But I was committed to throwing myself in 100 percent, no holds barred, with a bit of insanity that only comes from a move like this.
And this starts with getting to know the city.
On the weekends, I promised myself I would take epic walks. Just get the feel of the city, walking neighbourhood by neighbourhood, until I knew London a little better.
It was my first weekend here and I was in the middle of the walk. The sun was actually out, shockingly, and the people were smiling, even more shocking (although I didn't know it at the time.) And as I walked, the streets began to grow more crowded, a little more busy each step, until it was filled with tourists.
And then I saw why.
Standing across from me was the giant beautiful structure. A literal towering bridge with its mighty pillars, blue cables and beautiful stonework.
And hanging from below the top were giant Olympic Rings in all their multi-coloured glory, as the Olympics were just about to start.
It was an unbelievably beautiful site, as Tower Bridge always is, and it made me walk to the nearest bridge so I could stop and get a better look.
I just stared, overwhelmed to be part of this city. To be here even at all is amazing but to live and work here? Nearly unbelievable.
NBC was interviewing people on the bridge I was standing on about what was the name of that bridge. Most said, "London Bridge" and of course that's what the reporter wanted. But if he had talked me and asked those patronising questions, I could have told him that we were standing on London Bridge and that across the River Thames, was Tower Bridge.
And at that moment, I started to feel like a Londoner.
The Tower Bridge has a great museum on the observation deck (if you like bridge museums), with sweeping views in either direction. Just don't arrive near closing time or they'll give you the bum's rush through. The tour includes a look at their very cool engine room, excellent if you like bridge engines.
I absolutely love coming to see this bridge when I'm in London, the detail is astounding and it just looks magnificent. A must see, pictures are great, but just don't do justice to this structure.
Many nearby places to eat and be able to view the bridge is a bonus too, especially at night. It looks awesome all lite up as well.
Obviously... this is one of the staple "must see" places in London.
The Tower Bridge is like nothing you'll ever see. It's massive in scale and size and pictures just do not do it justice.
It's the prettiest bridge in all of London - especially at night when it's all lit up!
A most famous landmark and a wonderful spot for pictures!! They also have a tour which we didn't know about last time we were in London. You pay £8 and get to walk across the top walkways and go through the engine rooms. Lots of interesting tidbits around the tour including other famous bridges around the world. Of course, I found my beloved Golden Gate Bridge pictured which was a treat! They'll take a pic of you in front of a green screen and later, the shop will have your pic looking as though the bridge is behind you. Nice, but you can do it a lot cheaper and for real right outside. A fantastic landmark with lots of history. Don't miss it!
The prettiest bridge in all of London. While you really don't need to take a detour to see it, make sure you observe it and all its glory when going back and forth across the Thames.
There is a museum and for a fee you can walk across the top of the bridge and learn a bit more. If you were like me, though, and only in London for a few days, there are better places to spend your time like the Tower of London from which the bridge gets its name.
If you're in London you HAVE to go there. It's also just a short walk to the Tower of London. Crown Jewels are there, go see them!
The Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in London, and I was happy to see that it was included on the London Pass. We took the tube to Tower Gateway, and walked across one of the most confusing intersections ever (7 sections of crosswalks and waiting for cars that will kill you if you step out into the road too soon before their green light). You enter the exhibit from the pedestrian area on the bridge, have your London Pass scanned (or credit card swiped), and wait for the next tour to begin. They cram the entire tour group into a large elevator, which put the 30+ visitors in ridiculously uncomfortable proximity to each other.
In the first area of the tour, you are seated in a "family room" area, and they have a guide speak to a bit before starting the video about the history of the bridge. Then you walk across the windowed skywalk filled with photos and history of bridges around the world. Here, you have excellent views of the city, but the windows are too dirty and glarey to take decent pictures. Station 3 is a quick time-lapse video of the construction of the bridge. Interesting, but not worth the 10 minute wait to watch a 2 minute video.
From the top of the bridge, you go back down to the "main floor" of the bridge (where the cars and pedestrians cross), and walk to the other end of the bridge for the engine room. I had been very underwhelmed with the tour this far, but the engine rooms redeemed the experience. It was fun to see the surprisingly colorful machinery and learn about how the bridge works (pneumatics) in order to rise for the tall ships. I wish I had just gone straight to this portion of the tour, since we had so little time in the city.
It was a cool touristy thing to do in the city because it was included on the London Pass, but I wouldn't pay for it again.
A certain Yelper lives right next to this bridge. As a result I tend to cycle over it, a lot.
It's a fine bridge. Well done London. Well done!
ps. Tourists, get out the fucking road! I will leave a single tire track across your face.
The bridge is beautiful at night and provides fantastic views of the Thames and the surrounding buildings. That hospital looks nice at night! You also walk by Tower of London.
I enjoyed walking right on the partition that opens the bridge for higher boats.
During the day you can make your way to a high point in the bridge, a museum of sorts for a small fee.
A must see for a tourist.
For those who are interested in sight seeing but may not want to visit the gory London Bridge Experience, why not check out the Tower Bridge Exhibition?
Its a great value for the money, and by the way a coupon is available in those touristy-map brochures you pick up at hotels and hostels.
You begin by taking an elevator up to the top of the bridge. From there you can look across the Thames and see many famous landmarks. A nice feature is that they have a photo which points out what each of these buildings are. That cool pineapple-shaped building? Why its 30 St. Mary Axe!
The Tower Bridge Exhibition is also great for history and trivia buffs. There are a lot of cool stories related to this bridge. These are relayed through movies, story boards, and artifacts.
To descend, you must take the stairs. But at the bottom there is an additional tourist area with more hands-on exhibits and an opportunity to see all the steam mechanisms that used to move the bridge. And the obligatory gift shop.
Oh so beautiful to look at from far (say the Tower of London and vicinity). Slightly busy and dirty when you hop on and walk on it, but still a very beautiful bridge.
The Tower Bridge is probably the most beautiful bridge I have ever seen. Some people think this is the London Bridge but the real London Bridge is at Lake Havasu in Arizona and the one that replaced it is ugly.
Tower Bridge has two walkways at the top level which I have been meaning to do...maybe next time. I just get so tired of standing in lines to do the touristy things.
I took some great photos though and a couple when I was on the upper deck of a bus on the bridge.
Tower Bridge is the one that got away from the Americans! It still remains on the Thames and forms a nice tourist walk from Borough Market to the river, past HMS Belfast, across Tower Bridge and finishing at the Tower of London.
It's unmistakeable with the iconic towers and high walkways connecting them. Most of the time, it carries traffic but the bridge will lift for river traffic - lifting times are available from the Tower Bridge website. The other time of year when traffic has to yield is for the London Marathons when tens of thousands of runners stream across one of the most recognisable landmarks in our capital.
However, for those who think that it's just a boring walk across, I want to recommend the Tower Bridge exhibition, which is housed inside the bridge itself. You get great views of London from the top of the bridge and you can walk along the upper walkways. There is a lot of information about the history of the bridge, some interactive exhibits and a chance to view the lifting mechanism of the bridge.
By far the most impressive bridge in the world. Such a beautiful subject to photograph at night.
I used to work near here, and everyday at lunch, i would walk across this bridge in aw!
With this being an exhibition on the Tower Bridge, I think it's fairly safe to say that it's touristy. That does not make it bad thing.
I feel that it's pretty inexpensive for what you're getting and it's highly informative. You get to
1. See pictures and information of many of the great bridges around the world
2. See some awesome views from high atop the Tower Bridge itself
3. See the engine room and learn about how they used to and currently manage the opening of it
4. Learn about the history of the conception, construction and operation of this engineering marvel.
The engineer in me really appreciated it and I think it's a bargain for what you get.
Butlers Wharf [couple of restaurants there], In front of The Tower hotel or by the public walkway just down the walkway of Butlers Wharf [has an anchored army boat, but there is room] are the best views for some artistic photos with no obstacles in your way.
Spectacular steel bridge and working hard constantly with all them boats crossing.
I walked over it once in 2002, and it was kind of eerie.
In a good way of course.
It's like the Mona Lisa; you know those moments where you've seen it so many times but when you're there, actually there, you can't wrap your head around it? Yeah, like that.
I think in terms of presence, it resembles the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and in terms of majesty, it floats into mind images of the Bay Bridge (also, in San Francisco).
If you haven't figured it out yet... I am from San Francisco haha.
Just a short walk to the Tower of London [which you should also swing by to brush up on your history].
Stay a moment to marvel at this iconic symbol.
It's worth it.
It's not just a bridge, but it's also a museum too. For a small fee you can actually walk along the top of the bridge, take a look at the engines and learn about the history of the bridge. This attraction is also part of the London Pass so there is no need to pay any more.
At the top of the bridge, you get a really nice view both east and west of the bridge along the Thames river. Up along the bridge walk, you can read about how the bridge become what is today. You can also read about other bridges too. I guess they needed to fill up empty spots along the bridge walk so they added random bridge information around the world.
There's also a history of the many Olympic cities for the past 100 years or so. Again, random, and has nothing to do with the bridge.
The tour also includes walking in the engine room so you get to sea winches, accumulators, gears, motors, etc. There's a short film too on the making of the bridge.
If you're lucky, they raise the bridge 3 times a day, so to try to stop by when they do that.
Really? Reviewing a bridge? How do I go about doing that? Tell you how the service was and how chic the clientele were?
In the grand scheme of things, you have to say Tower Bridge is a tourist attraction and for good reason. It's a masterpiece of architecture, a great sight and a big part of the London landscape. It looks great on a sunny day or lit up at night.
But it's a bridge. That's all there is to it. Walk across it if you like. Take a bus over it if that tickles your fancy. But it's not better in that sense than any other bridge. It's not particularly long and it doesn't offer anything amazing when you're there. It doesn't make you feel extra safe and warm. Indeed, being on the bridge rather hinders you in so much that you can't see it in all its glory.
Fan of a bridge? Sure, whatever.
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