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Tower Bridge

Tower bridge in LondonTower Bridge is next to the Tower of London and is one of the most photographed and recognized bridges in the city.

The Tower Bridge is one of the most valuable monuments in London and star figure of many postcards of the city.

This bridge is famous worldwide for its beautiful Victorian Gothic style and the ability to rise and open the passage of large ships sailing down the Thames river.

The great expansion of London and its rapid growth had the need to build a bridge that would clear the area east of the city, as most of the existing bridges were located west.

It took 8 years to discuss the bride location and choose the winner of the design competition, in which more than 50 proposals were presented.

Finally after electing architect Horace Jones, Tower Bridge works began in 1884. After 10 years of construction the work of the bridge was completed in 1894.

The bridge is 265 meters long, with two towers of 65 meters and a distance between them is of 61 meters. Each of the two lifting platforms measure 30 meters long and reach up 83 degrees to facilitate river traffic.

The original mechanism machines operating with water vapor pumped into a pressure accumulator. Currently the hydraulic system is still used, although the water has been replaced by oil and steam engines have been replaced by electric motors. Also the accumulators were put aside, of which only two are preserved inside the museum that is housed inside the bridge.

A museum opened to the public, located in the south tower, preserving the two batteries, the steam engines and other machines used in lifting and maintaining the bridge. Also shown are models and videos of the bridge narrating their history since its construction.

The two towers of the Tower Bridge have several rooms that can be rented for meetings or celebrations.

Additional information

Location
Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2UP
Visiting Hours
April to September from 10am h to 6:30pm
October to March from 9:30am to 6:30pm
Price
Adults: £ 8.00
Children 5-15 years: £ 3.40
Accredited and students over 60 years: £ 5.60
Children under 5 years free
Free Entry with London Pass
Transport
Metro: Station Tower Hill on the District Line, Circle and DLR
Bus: Lines 8, 9, 11, 15, 15B, 22B, 25, 133 and 501
Contacts
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7403 3761
Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk/TBE/EN/

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