Tower Bridge

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Tower Bridge information

Location
London , England
Getting there
Tube: Tower Hill
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London was a thriving port in 1894 when elegant Tower Bridge was built. Designed to be raised to allow ships to pass, electricity has now taken over from the original steam and hydraulic engines. A lift leads up from the northern tower to the Tower Bridge Exhibition , where the story of its building is recounted within the upper walkway. You then walk down to the fascinating Victorian Engine Rooms, which powered the bridge lifts.

A new 11m-long glass walkway also allows you to look down into the waters 42m below, and if you're lucky, to view the bridge being raised. The bridge is still lifted around 1000 times per year to allow large vessels to pass; consult the Tower Bridge Exhibition website for times to watch this in action.