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Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge Road, London, England, SE1 2UP

The Basics

Whether taking a city walking tour, admiring the bridge from a River Thames cruise, or driving across the bridge on a hop-on hop-off city tour, a tour of London’s historic sights isn’t complete without a stop at Tower Bridge. A popular choice is to cross the bridge on a walking tour, perhaps including a visit to the Tower of London (which stands at the northern end of the bridge) or continuing along the Thames riverfront past landmarks such as Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye.

If you want to learn more about the 19th-century bridge and take in the views from the high walkways, visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition, housed in the bridge’s northwest tower. Entrance to the exhibition is free for London Pass holders, and combination tickets are available for the exhibition and the Monument—a tribute to the Great Fire of London.

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Secret Food Tour: London Bridge & Borough Market w/ Private Tour Option
Secret Food Tour: London Bridge & Borough Market w/ Private Tour Option
$100.11 per adult
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Amazing tour guide
The tour was great! Charlotte is amazing, very professional and wonderful. I had a good time. Note: there is lots of food!
ssabbubeh84, Nov 2021

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Inga_D, Oct 2021
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Great commentary, friendly, well organised and great value for money. Really enjoyed our trip yesterday, the crew are helpful and friendly with good sense of humour shown during the commentary. Great way to see the sights. Boat was clean and comfortable. Highly recommended, would book again, thank you.
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Ann_D, Sep 2021
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The narrator on the boat was informative & funny but I did note that passenger safety was paramount which was pleasing. a great trip out down the river lots to see
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Matt_H, Jul 2021
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This tour really was worth the price. The tower was quiet due to the covid restrictions but being able to get in and see the opening ceremony was a great bonus. Alex our guide was nothing but brilliant. Really enthusiastic and certainly knows his stuff. Made the whole morning fly by.
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Wonderful experience…….
Amanda_C, Nov 2021
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Our guide, Marina, was absolutely lovely! Very knowledgeable, took us around at a good pace and set the scene really well from the outset by enabling us to imagine life in the times. Highly recommend. Thank you.
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Great tour thanks to Ben
michael_c, Nov 2021
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Ben was an excellent guide of our Tower of London tour. He was knowledgeable and very personable. We had a great time!!!!
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Good quality with experienced guides
Bruce_G, Nov 2021
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Rob was a great tour guide - I love the intimate experience with this tour group. He had a lot of knowledge about London and all the particulars for this experience
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Excellent Tour
Margaret_H, Nov 2021
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Vivien was an excellent tour guide. She was very knowledgeable, engaging and upbeat. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
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Perfect way to see the highlights of London in just one day.
Gayle_M, Nov 2021
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This was a great tour and the perfect way for the 4 of us to see, as well as learn a lot about, the highlights of Central London in just one day. Denisa, our tour guide, was exceptional. She reached out to us before we arrived to answer questions and insure all went smoothly. She was extremely knowledgable, personable and helpful, and made sure our tour and day in London was perfect. I highly recommend this tour.
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Our guide, Frank was very...
John_W, Oct 2021
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Our guide, Frank was very funny, personable and knowledgeable. Our driver Andre was very friendly and professional.
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Food was excellent guide was excellent
Lynne_H, Oct 2021
Secret Food Tour: London Bridge & Borough Market w/ Private Tour Option
We loved Our tour guide Charlie. He was great. The food was excellent the experience in the Burroughs was so interesting
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Nick_K, Oct 2021
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Alex, our guide, was amazing! Insightful, funny, organized. It was a wonderful experience. Would highly recommend.
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Best day ever!!
Brian_O, Oct 2021
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Excellent day!! Packed so much into a day All thanks to our guide Elizabeth who was fantastic and a mine of information

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tower Bridge is a must for architecture and engineering aficionados, and all first-time visitors to London.

  • While you can walk, cycle, or drive across the bridge, the most spectacular views are from the top walkways—part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

  • River traffic takes priority over road traffic, and vehicles and pedestrians have to wait when a boat wants to come through.

  • The bridge is accessible to wheelchair users and strollers.

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How to Get There

Tower Bridge is the easternmost of central London’s main bridges. Entrance to the Tower Bridge Exhibition is from the Tower of London (north) side of the river. The closest Tube stations are Tower Hill (District and Circle lines) on the north side and London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines) on the south side. Riverboats stop at Tower Pier on the north bank and London Bridge City Pier on the south bank.

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When to Get There

It’s almost impossible to avoid crowds along Tower Bridge, especially in peak season (July and August), but opting for an early morning or late evening stroll across the bridge offers the best chance. If you’re hoping to capture a dramatic photograph of the bridge, arrive in time for sunrise, when the lighting is perfect and the crowds are thin. If possible, time your arrival to coincide with the opening of the bascule bridge; times are listed on the Tower Bridge website.

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The Tower Bridge Exhibition

At the Tower Bridge Exhibition, you can discover the tower’s fascinating history, peek into the Victorian engine rooms, and learn about its complex mechanics while watching a virtual bridge lift. The highlight is the chance to walk the 138-foot-high (42-meter) walkways at the very top of the towers. The East Walkway offers great views along the River Thames, including theHMS Belfast and London Bridge, while the Glass Walkway lets you look down through a glass floor to the cars and pedestrians on the bridge below. Guided tours also offer behind-the-scenes access to areas including the bridge control room, the machinery room, and the bascule chambers.

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