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Tower Bridge, London

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Only a handful of bridges around the world have achieved iconic status, and Tower Bridge is one of them. Judging by its name and appearance, you might think the bridge is an original part of the adjacent Tower of London. Its construction, however, was completed in 1894, centuries after the fortress. Head into one tower and up to the walkway 42 m (138 ft) above the River Thames to reach the other tower. You'll have a panoramic view of the city along the way. Stop by the exhibit in the east walkway to watch a video about the bridge's construction, and to see a gallery of photos of 20 significant bridges around the world. Head into the Victorian engine rooms, where you can experience a recreation of the motor-based operation of the bridge at the time of its inauguration and view a virtual bridge-lift. If your visit to the area will be near dusk, stop to see the bridge lit up. Plan my London trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • I did find it interesting, BUT, the exhibitions are poor. In this day of interactive and videos why not more on this fascinating bridge.? Weird way of going across on span , then the other, then you h...  more »
  • There is a lift but there was a que. The engine room is so awesome do not forget to walk to this part. There is a see through floor on both the east and west walkways there is even a mirror to allow f...  more »
  • We're never bored! A must see, it is one of the most beautiful buildings in London! Visit day and night, the prospects and the view are never the same!
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  • Really impressed by the Tower Bridge Experience - one of the best value tourist attractions in London. Like many others, I've traveled over the bridge hundreds of times, and was skeptical of what the "Experience" would provide. Then over half term I had to take the kids somewhere nearby and we had a few hours to kill, so I booked tickets and got there for opening time. First pleasant surprise - the price. One adult and two children cost just £15 - in London tourist attraction terms that's an absolute bargain. Second pleasant surprise - the experience itself. Getting up close and personal with this iconic building is fascinating in itself. They've also done a fantastic job adding some lightweight history and information. And the glass floors are pretty spectacular. Also, don't skip the engine room - it's a great introduction to steam power as well as some of the stories of the people who built and worked on the bridge. Third pleasant surprise - the staff. Without a fault they were helpful, cheerful and doing a great job. In the end, we spent probably an hour and a half - which for something I thought would be a quick 'take a look' is really impressive. So all in all, consider me a convert to the Tower Bridge Experience :)
  • We finally decided to see this attraction, and it was worth it. You learn the history of the bridge, how it was done, the main players, how it works, etc. Then you go up up up to the top walkway. You may be so busy marveling at the views out the windows, you might now even notice the glass floor over the Thames!! Look down! Look UP to the MIRRORS and take a picture of yourself standing way up over the Thames. And don't miss the picture machines, one on each side. For 3 pounds you get a great picture of your group up there, & the more you buy , the cheaper they are. Great picture postcards, we bought 3.
  • Iconic piece of London. Set alongside the ancient Tower of London & the well redeveloped St Katherines Dock. Beautiful Victorian architecture and piece of engineering. Most of the workings are still the original although the power source is more modern. Nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world. Still a functioning lifting bridge & spectacular to see IF you are fortunate to witness one of the 50 or so occasions per year it occurs these days compared with the hundreds per year in bygone times when London's Docks extended into the heart of the city.
  • I have been wanting to do the Tower Bridge Experience for a while and was lucky enough to have the opportunity whilst in London last week. We decided to walk up the stairs to the viewing platform and were so glad we did as we could then really appreciate the fantastic engineering which took place to build this structure. The views from the top across the city are stunning as always on a sunny day. The exhibitions within the bridge are informative and the glass floor is a bonus addition. Well worth a visit.
  • It was good fun climbing the stairs up to the towers, then the glass floor to look down onto the road. It is a great thing that you can stay for as long as you want, too.The main downside was the briefing by the staff at the beginning - it was a bore. The Tower Bridge experience is mostly history based, but the engine rooms add a technology side to it. There was a fascinating stall when I went there with a company called Timelooper there which was the highlight for me.

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