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London's Tower Bridge opened in 1894, and took 450 workers 18 years to plan and build. Stretching almost 870 feet across the famous River Thames, it is the most recognizable bridge in London and arguably one of the most famous bridges in the world. It’s also one of the first things many tourists visit on a trip to London, once they’ve settled in to one of the almost 800 hotels near Tower Bridge.
Throngs of tourists walking the bridge daily, taking plenty of photos along the way. It's a free and beautiful addition to any day trip in London. If you want something more, get a get a deeper experience by walking inside the towers and the connected elevated walkways. You'll be rewarded with a unique view of a modern city built on thousands of years of history.
While you're there, don't pass up the opportunity to learn about the bridge's design and construction, or view some of the world-class art on display. The Tower Exhibition gives you the opportunity to learn more about the bridge and the amazing Victorian Engine rooms. Once you've seen how the bridge came to be, take a stroll on one of the elevated walkways, and you'll be treated to one of the special art and photography exhibits held there throughout the year.
And, if you're really lucky, you'll be able to attend an event in one of the towers, which can be rented for special occasions.
Fun Facts about the Tower Bridge:
Eleven thousand pounds of steel went into constructing the framework.
Most people of the time actually disapproved of the Victorian Gothic architecture, which was designed by London City Architect Horace Jones and John Wolfe Barry.
Each of the movable bridge decks are almost 99 feet wide, and still open for water traffic.
Boats must schedule bridge openings 24 hours in advance.
Visiting the Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge is easily accessible via Underground and bus services, cab, and tour bus, and is a great place to start a day-trip in the city.
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