TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

tower bridge

Don’t make the mistake of calling it London Bridge, the iconic Tower Bridge is iconic and also makes use of one of the largest bascule bridge mechanisms ever conceived

London's Tower Bridge
London Tourist Attractions

Tower Bridge

Can’t beat a photo at Tower Bridge to announce in your photo album that you’ve been to London!

By the 19th century, the East End of London had become densely populated and there was a growing demand for a bridge over the Thames to the east of London Bridge. It was not unusual for vehicles and pedestrians to spend hours en route in order to cross the river.

In 1867, the City of London Corporation, which was the authority responsible for the management of that section of the Thames, resolved that it was time to find a way to build a bridge across the Thames in the East End of London. The major challenge would be to build the bridge without disrupting river traffic from the port area. It was not until 1884 that a design for the bridge was chosen. After eight years of construction, Tower Bridge was completed.

Visitors to Tower Bridge will observe the most sophisticated and largest bascule bridge ever built. The word bascule, taken from the French word for see-saw, refers to the hydraulic mechanism of raising the bridge up to 86 degrees to allow river traffic to pass. The massive pumping engines were originally powered by steam, but are now driven by oil and electricity. The Tower Bridge Exhibition houses the original engines, boilers, and accumulators, as well as kiosks and videos where visitors can learn about the bridge´s history and life at the time it was built. Visitors can also traverse the high-level walkway and take in a spectacular view of London. Now one of London´s most iconic landmarks, Tower Bridge occupies an important place in London´s history and is well worth a visit.

The admissions fees for the exhibition are:
Adults £8.00
Child (aged 5-15) £3.40
Child (under 5)
Family tickets from £12.50
Disabled/Carer Free

Opening Times as follows:
10-18:30 April to September (last admission 17:30)
9:30-18:00 October to March (last admission 17:00)

How to get to Camden Market by tube

ARRIVING BY UNDERGROUND

Take the tube and get off at Tower Hill (District and Circle lines) or London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines).

Sweeney Todd

The tale of Sweeney Todd, a barber who murdered and then cooked his victims into pies during the late 1700s, is one of the most macabre and sinister to have ever come out of London.

Sea Life London Aquarium

Visitors are immersed in an underwater world when they walk through the London Aquarium’s Shark Reef Encounter exhibit. 16 sharks swim throughout the three-floor exhibit, which also features heads from Easter Island. At the interactive Shark Academy, visitors can feel actual shark skin and learn about these fascinating creatures.

Tower Bridge

The first bridge ever built over the Thames was the London Bridge. As the city of London grew over the years, more bridges were built, but always to the west of London Bridge. The area east of the bridge was a busy port area.

The Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum is committed to preserving and showcasing the history of conflicts from World War I through to the present day operation in Iraq and Afghanistan, paying particular attention to those involving Britain and the Commonwealth.

The British Library

The British Library, originally part of the British Museum, has over 170 million items: books, magazines, manuscripts, videos, prints, drawings and music recordings. It is the national library of the UK and the largest library in the world by total item count.

The British Museum

The British Museum represented a radical departure from traditional museums upon its establishment in 1753.

Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum, also called the V&A, is named after Queen Victoria, the monarch of the United Kingdom and Ireland from 1837 to 1901, and her husband, Prince Albert, who died in 1861. It contains close to 5 million objects within 145 galleries dedicated to four categories of the decorative arts and design.

St Paul’s Cathedral

Set upon the highest point in the city, London’s famed St. Paul’s Cathedral comprises an iconic piece of both the city’s skyline and the country’s history

The Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament is a site rich with English heritage and history. The oldest portion, Westminster Hall, dates back to the eleventh century reign of William II. Westminster has been used by Parliaments since 1295 A.D.

London Transport Musuem

London’s Transport Museum takes you on a historic journey of London’s most iconic and famous transport models including the Taxi, Tube and London Buses. A great morning or afternoon out for all the family.

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