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“Just famous” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2UP, England
+44 20 7403 3761
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Ranked #28 of 2,331 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: An iconic London landmark and one of Britain's best loved historic sites, Tower Bridge is open to the public 363 days a year. Within the Bridge's iconic structure and magnificent Victorian Engine rooms, the Tower Bridge Exhibition is the best way of exploring the most famous bridge in the world! Come learn about this incredible feat of Victorian engineering, discover how the Bridge is raised and enjoy stunning panoramic views across London from our high-level walkways, 42 metres above the River Thames. Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:30(last admission )
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“Just famous”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Its famous because of the nursery rhyme/song but the actual london bridge is nothing but just an ordinary piece of bridge. Nothing spectacular. The more picturesque is the tower bridge

Visited July 2012
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“A Modern Wonder”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

If you visit London then this has to be on your list., worth visiting the machinery and going along the top if you have a head for heights.

Visited December 2012
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“Necklace of Thames”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

The bridge itself is beautiful, especially at night with light-up. You can get great pictures from both sides of Thames. Personally I found it a nice and quiet stroll in the evening along the river from Monument to the bridge.

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“The Wonder Bridge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Every day I am lucky enough to view this iconic steel bridge(it is clad with stone) from my office window and recently paid £30 to join an Engineering Tour (that takes place at weekends between January and March) and marvel at the ingenuity of our Victorian forefathers in both designing and building this architectural and engineering masterpiece.

Tower Bridge was the delivery of another much needed bridge across the Thames for those on foot or in vehicles whilst also maintaining a river channel for ships of up to a 10,000 tonnage and/or 140 foot height above the river waterline, to transport goods between the coast and the Pool of London at a time when all imports and exports was by sea.

Our tour guide begun by telling us of the original winning bridge design by the City of London's Architect Sir Herbert Jones (who also built Billingsgate, Smithfield and Leadenhall Markets) and who was to die in 1887 only one year after construction had begun; the engineer John Wolfe Barry who was able to put Jones' design into practice; Sir William Armstrong whose firm built the amazing bascule lifting machinery and George Stevenson who was able to take the project to completion after 8 years in 1894 when Tower Bridge was opened by Queen Victoria's son, the Prince of Wales, the future Edward V11.

The 2 hour tour continued on the two high level pedestrian walkways which cross between the two bridge towers. After being closed in 1910 they were only reopened for visitors in 1982. Originally built for travellers to continue their journey across the river whilst Tower Bridge itself was open, they soon fell into disuse as a result of the bridge opening taking only one minute to achieve its maximum 86 degree opening span. The walkways had also been misused in early years by suicide jumpers, although the walkways are now enclosed.

We then visited one of the two bridge pilots cabins and below that a machinery room where the original hydraulic system transferred the power that had been stored in six giant accumulators via a system of pumps and gears, into the lift of the two bascules that carried the roadway, allowing boat access to the riverside wharves near London Bridge. .

The 1200 ton bascules work on a see saw basis(hence their name from the french) and pivot in each bridge tower when raised to fill the cavernous space of the piers below which viewing was the highlight of the tour for me.

Finally, we visited the southside boiler rooms where 20 tons of coal had been burnt each week to generate the steam power necessary to perform over 150 bascule lifts a week which were required during the time the Port of London prospered before containerisation. Nowadays the bridge only opens a handful of times each week and only after 24 hours notice.

So go and enjoy this magnificient Victorian edifice constructed by 432 workers (10 of whom died during the work) and celebrate the wonderful achievement of Britons in days past when this country built an empire and led the world.

Visited January 2013
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“I walked the Tower Bridge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

When traveling to London, our first stop was at the Tower of London. I have to admit that I was in for a surprise on the way there when I got to the Tower Bridge. As an Americican I always heard stories about London Bridge and as a history lover I was excited to see the Tower of London. Neither was as impressive to me as walking over the historical River Thames and getting my first real look at the Tower Bridge. By coming up close to it by bus, I didn't get to really see the bridge until we arrived at the Tower, so from the vantage point of the Tower of London, I spent my time there just staring at the Tower Bridge.
It is an architectural marvel and functional masterpiece! It carries auto traffic and foot traffic accross the bridge and thousands of people a day!
On the end of our week there, we got to take a river cruise where we partied and visited with some very nice people, on a chilly night, and the lights from the Tower Bridge told me where I was and the sights around me even the dark of the London Night.

Visited February 2012
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