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Tower Bridge, London

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Only a handful of bridges around the world have achieved iconic status, and Tower Bridge is one of them. Judging by its name and appearance, you might think the bridge is an original part of the adjacent Tower of London. Its construction, however, was completed in 1894, centuries after the fortress. Head into one tower and up to the walkway 42 m (138 ft) above the River Thames to reach the other tower. You'll have a panoramic view of the city along the way. Stop by the exhibit in the east walkway to watch a video about the bridge's construction, and to see a gallery of photos of 20 significant bridges around the world. Head into the Victorian engine rooms, where you can experience a recreation of the motor-based operation of the bridge at the time of its inauguration and view a virtual bridge-lift. If your visit to the area will be near dusk, stop to see the bridge lit up. Plan my London trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • Aaaamazing experience for the family. Iconic views, intriguing history, great family workshop too but the standout memory will be on the glass floor when the bridge went up! Fully recommended for... 
    Aaaamazing experience for the family. Iconic views, intriguing history, great family workshop too but the standout memory will be on the glass floor when the bridge went up! Fully recommended for...  more »
  • Walked here at night along the River Thames. Safe vibe, walker friendly. An engineering feat, worthy 
    Walked here at night along the River Thames. Safe vibe, walker friendly. An engineering feat, worthy  more »
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  • The Tower Bridge. Now while there’s no cost to cross the bridge I would highly recommend purchasing tickets to go across up top. It’s well worth the steps. If you need to take a lift one is available but seeing the staircases, and all the factual, historical information they give you on the way up makes it all the more worth it. We bought tickets for 13.30 and arrived a bit early, and the staff didn’t mind us getting in the queue. It was a bit long but moved very quickly, again you could take the lift or the stairs we chose the stairs (we were told there’s somewhere around 260 of them). As you walk up the stairs there are posts and placards that tell you all sorts of facts regarding the material that went into the bridge and other fascinating details. The wood creaking stairs only adds to the experience. Once at the top there’s a spot to rest even before going to the upper bridges. You may think the entire upper bridge is “glass bottom” it isn’t, but each side does have a small section where if not to crowded you can even lie down and take a photo. You’ll walk all the way across one, down the other and turn around where then you can decide you next move. Once down the stairs they send you off to the Engine Room which is also included and the gift shop. This alone has been such a worth while part of our visit, I would highly recommend it.
  • Never crowded, and worth taking the time to fully absorb the pleasure of going up the steps (a modern lift is also available) and peering out through the windows at the ever smaller people, buses, and boats passing beneath. Then one reaches the top... You can see so much of town from there, and even get a sticker if you successfully traverse the glass floor! For the children, and some adults, there's a booklet one can stamp as one explores the structure. Once you return back to the deck, you can then follow the line to the south bank, and have a look at the old workings, and of course, the compulsory shop. Definitely a part of a great day out.

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