Tower Bridge

Landmark in Bermondsey
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Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey, SE1 2UP

020 7403 3761



Nearest Station
London Bridge (0.47 miles)


Tower Bridge is named after its two impressive towers. It was designed by Wolfe Barry and Horace Jones, the royal architect who also designed the Smithfield Market.
The central section of the bridge can be raised to allow large vessels to pass, though in recent times it is not usually raised more than five times a week.
Tower Bridge was completed in 1894 after only eight years in construction. It was the Corporation of London who decided in 1876 that London Bridge was no longer sufficient to cope with the massive amount of traffic that Victorian London required. The problem the commission faced was that the bridge would need to allow water traffic through and so fifty variations of the current design were submitted. These initial designs can be seen at the Tower Bridge Exhibition.
Tower Bridge was constructed from more than eleven thousand tones of steel and granite blocks that were transported from Cornwall. The power to raise the bridge was originally powered by steam, although fossil fuels are now used.
The Tower Bridge Exhibition has been established for over twenty years and is housed within the structure of the bridge itself.

Exhibition Opening Times:

Summer (1 April - 30 September)
10:00am - 6:30pm (last admission 5:30pm)

Winter (1 October - 31 March) 9:30am - 6:00pm (last admission 5:00pm)

Tower Bridge Picture Gallery

Tower Bridge Picture

In The News

New family trail is launched!

Tower Bridge launches new family trail inside the world-famous landmark alongside the fourth book in the Tower Bridge Cat series

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The best walks around London

Strap on your boots and take a stroll around London.

Thames Path: Walking by the water is great. Sure, woods are good and stunning inner city architecture is divine but there’s something about being next to the water. The Thames Path walk gives you approximately 40 miles of water to walk alongside. Expect some beautiful sights from Hampton Court all the way up to Tower Bridge.

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Walk on water on the Tower Bridge glass floor

A unique view of the Thames
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Yoga across a glass floor above the Thames

Achieve perfect relaxation. Unless you're scared of heights.
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32 London Bridge Street, Bermondsey, SE1 2TH

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