An iconic symbol, famous landmark and a prime tourist attraction, the Tower Bridge is a spectacular bascule and suspension bridge in London built between 1886 and 1894. Crossing the River Thames and close to Tower of London, from where it gets its name, it is a marvelous structure consisting of two bridge towers in Victorian Gothic style tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways. An engineering marvel, it comprises of giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships.
The bridge which is 800 feet in length with two towers each 213 feet high built on piers and the central span of 200 feet between the towers raises to an angle of 86 degrees to allow river traffic to pass was officially opened on 30 June 1894, designed by Sir Horace Jones, the City Architect and inaugurated by the then Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII), and his wife, The Princess of Wales (Alexandra of Denmark).
The Tower Bridge comprises of a fascinating exhibition in the twin towers that showcases the history of the bridge and an awe-inspiring walkway made of glass.
Victorian Engine Rooms
Once the beating heart of the Bridge, immerse yourself in the history chronicling its evolvement through time from a steam engine to hydraulic electric system.
A permanent exhibit at the Tower Bridge, marvel at the Victorian era machinery that was used to lift the bridge between 20-30 times a day and required the efforts of 80 people to maintain the engines and raise the Bridge. Witness the impressive steam engines, coal burners and accumulators that were once used to power the raising of Tower Bridge’s 1200 bascules. In 1976, the transformation took place from coal power to electricity.
New Digital Interactives and information panels help uncover the incredible stories and history of the engineering and the construction of the bridge and the development of technology used over the years to keep it in motion. Replete with sounds and smells, films and never before displayed photographs, it will take you on a journey through Tower Bridge history. You can also experience a virtual Bridge lift illustrating how the bascules are raised.
Overlooking the serene River Thames is the 42 metres high splendid walkway with glass flooring that offers a magnificent panoramic view of the city from above and around. Look down and feel the palpable energy of the buzzing city as the traffic and pedestrians pass over the Bridge while river vessels sail under it. Over 40,000 people use the Tower Bridge everyday.
Admire the striking vistas of the cityscape and spot the various landmarks of London such as St Paul's Cathedral and The Monument to the west and St Katharine Docks leading to Canary Wharf to the east and many more from the great height and vantage point.
Experience the magic of the bascules raising beneath your feet and marvel at the 40 bridges featured in the 'Great Bridges of the World' refreshed display, each of which represents a breathtaking feat of engineering.
Visitors can also avail the various guided tours offered to enhance the experience that brings the iconic structure to life:
Delve into the colourful history of the Bridge, explore the iconic towers, enjoy and admire the River Thames and the riveting sights from the high-level Walkway and Glass Floor and view the Victorian steam engines along with learning interesting key facts and anecdotes shared by the guide.
Personal Guided Tour
Behind the Scenes Tour
Join the expert Senior Technical Officers in the Bridge’s operational areas including the Control Cabin, Machinery Room and the immense Bascule Chambers, which house the enormous 422-ton counterweights that power the mighty Bridge Lifts.
Private Evening Personal Guided Tour
A unique after-hours tour of London's defining landmark - discover all the Bridge has to offer in an intimate and exclusive setting.
Price (in INR approximately)
|Adult (18+ years)
|Child (5 - 15 years)
|Adult (16-17 years) & Senior (60+ years)
|Family Ticket – 1 Adult & 2 Children
|Family Ticket – 2 Adults & 1 Child
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|Family Ticket – 2 Adult & 3 Children
|Family Ticket – 2 Adult & 4 Children
Interesting Facts About the Tower Bridge
How to get to the Tower Bridge
Tower Hill station can be accessed from the District and Circle lines to the north side of the Bridge.
London Bridge station is served by the Northern and Jubilee lines and brings you to the south bank of the River Thames. Tower Bridge is just a short walk away.
Reach Tower Bridge from either London Bridge, Fenchurch Street or Tower Gateway DLR Stations.
The following bus routes will take you to Tower Bridge: 15, 42, 78,100, RV1.
Riverboats stop at St Katherine Pier and Tower Pier on the north bank and at London Bridge City Pier on the south bank. All are a short walk from Tower Bridge.