Tickets for Tower Bridge London.
- Admission to the Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge was built between 1886 and 1894. Tower Bridge crosses the river Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London and one of its most popular attractions.
Tower Bridge is sometimes confused with London Bridge, which is situated just half a mile away upstream. Tower Bridge is one of five London bridges now owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation.
Tower Bridge offers incredible birds-eye views above the River Thames via its Tower Bridge Glass Walkway which sits 42-meters over the river.
Powered by hydraulics, Tower Bridge was the most advanced and largest bascule bridge to be completed at the time. The hydraulics were powered by steam originally and were replaced by oil and electricity hydraulic power in 1976. However, the original engines are still on show in the Engine Rooms.
Tower Bridge is used by around 40,000 people and around 21,000 vehicles a day!
Why not upgrade to one of our great combination tickets. For Tower Bridge we offer:
- Tower Bridge Exhibition + The Shard. Click HERE for ticket details.
- Tower Bridge Exhibition + Hop on Hop off Bus & River Cruise. Click HERE for ticket details.
- Tower Bridge was opened to the public in 1894
- Tower Bridge was the result of a competition and over 50 designs were submitted for consideration!
- Tower Bridge tool 8 years to build
- Tower Bridge is not a drawbridge (a common mistake), it’s actually a bascule bridge
- Tower Bridge original colour was brown!
- Tower Bridge, by law needs priority to river traffic over road traffic!
- Tower Bridge has an incredible glass walkway that was installed in 2014
- Tower Bridge is regularly mistaken for London Bridge!
- Tower Bridge actually sits in two separate boroughs of London, Southwark and Tower Hamlets!
- Over 31,000,000 bricks were used during it’s construction (that’s a lot of bricks!)
Useful Information About Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge Opening Times
Monday 09:30 – 18:00 | Tuesday 09:30 – 18:00 | Wednesday 09:30 – 18:00 | Thursday 09:30 – 18:00 | Friday 09:30 – 18:00 | Saturday 09:30 – 18:00 | Sunday 09:30 – 18:00
How to get to Tower Bridge
By National Rail Train: London Bridge and Fenchurch Street National Rail Stations are close. Tower Gateway DLR Station is also an option.
By Tube/London Underground: Tower Hill Station (on District and Circle Lines) is around 7-minutes to walk. London Bridge Station on the Northern and Jubilee Lines is a short walk.
By Riverboat: Tower Pier and London Bridge City Pier are both short walks from Tower Bridge.
By Bus: Routes 15, 42, 78, 100 and 343 all stop by Tower Bridge.
Frequently asked questions about Tower Bridge London
Q: What is Tower Bridge?
A: Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge that crosses the River Thames in London. It was built between 1886 and 1894 to help ease road traffic.
Q: When was Tower Bridge built?
A: Tower Bridge was built between 1886 and 1894.
Q: How long is Tower Bridge?
A: Tower Bridge is 800 feet or 244 meters.
Q: How high is Tower Bridge?
A: The bridge itself stands at 42 meters and the towers either side are 65 meters.
Q: How does Tower Bridge open?
A: Tower bridge has hydraulic pumps which raise the bascules.
Q: How often do they open Tower Bridge?
A: They actually open Tower Bridge around 1000 times per year. It has to be done when large ships, such as cruise linters, need to pass through. River traffic actually has priority over road traffic! In order for a boat to request the bridge be opened, they need to put the request in writing at least 24 hours before. However its free to do so. Any boat that is more than 9 meters or 30 feet tall can request the bridge is opened to pass through and it can be done day or night! There is also a timetable published on the Tower Bridge website showing the current planned openings should you want to watch it!
Q: What is the Tower Bridge Exhibition?
A: The Tower Bridge Exhibition is a very popular tourist attraction that gives you history on Tower Bridge. Its located inside one of the towers and we sell tickets to it on this page! There is even a glass walkway you can sit and take pictures from showing how high you are!