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Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge Road, London, England, SE1 2UP

The Basics

Whether taking a city walking tour, admiring the bridge from a River Thames cruise, or driving across the bridge on a hop-on hop-off city tour, a tour of London’s historic sights isn’t complete without a stop at Tower Bridge. A popular choice is to cross the bridge on a walking tour, perhaps including a visit to the Tower of London (which stands at the northern end of the bridge) or continuing along the Thames riverfront past landmarks such as Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye.

If you want to learn more about the 19th-century bridge and take in the views from the high walkways, visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition, housed in the bridge’s northwest tower. Entrance to the exhibition is free for London Pass holders, and combination tickets are available for the exhibition and the Monument—a tribute to the Great Fire of London.

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VIP Early Access - Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge with Crown Jewels
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VIP Early Access - Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge with Crown Jewels
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$122.22 per adult
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Great tower tour
Very well organised and informative tour. John was very knowledgeable. The ability to skip crowds meant more time to explore the many aspects of the tower.
Deb, Oct 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Our guide Richard was...
christy_g, Sep 2022
London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard
Our guide Richard was wonderful! Very informative, friendly, helpful, and truely seemed to LOVE sharing London with others. He made a special point to make sure we were in a fabulous position to watch the opening of Tower Bridge for a Brazilian Warship to come through. Thanks for an amazing day!!
star-5
Informative
Francisco_D, Jun 2022
Private Tour: London Walking Tour of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge
Very knowledgeable guide. No need to spend the time to go with the guide to the Tower Bridge, The bridge is literally right there In front of the tower better spending time exploring the power in the history behind
star-5
Tour of Westminster and Tower Bridge
Helen_J, Apr 2022
Explore Tower Bridge & Westminster Walking Tour
Our tour guide was very informative in sharing his history knowledge with plenty of humour. Was a great experience. My nearly 10 year old also thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated all he'd learnt on our tour of Westminster. The Tower Bridge experience was a delightful surprise, as we weren't aware of what would be made available and the amount there was for us to see!! We thoroughly enjoyed.
star-5
The jewels
KATHLEEN_G, Aug 2022
VIP Early Access - Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge with Crown Jewels
It was overall very interesting. Everything was laid out well. Very clean and well kept. Armoury very interesting
star-5
Highly Recommend for Full Day of London sites
sarahann328, Jun 2022
Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
We traveled with 7 including a 14 and 8 year old. Tour bus was clean, tour guide was outstanding, and since we had a limited time in London this was the perfect tour to see almost everything in one day. I highly recommend!!
star-4
Nice but skipped a few important stops
Phillip_W, Aug 2022
London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard
Very nice tour of Westminster Abby and Tower of London, and Thames River cruise. But tour skipped Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge portions in the description.
star-5
Best river cruise ever
Renee_C, Oct 2022
Tower of London River Cruise from Westminster
Crew member was very informative & gave us a lot of info on the sites along the river in a very interesting way.
star-5
Would do it agai !
Mark_O, Oct 2022
Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
We were only in London for 3 days so doing this tour made sense. We saw what felt like the whole city in a day. Our guide James was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting, don’t hesitate and book this tour!
star-5
A very rewarding experience
John_R, Oct 2022
VIP Early Access - Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge with Crown Jewels
Don, our guide, was excellent and gave meaning to each area that we visited. While the Crown Jewels are a highlight, there is so much more to see and learn.
star-5
Informative and interesting
Joseph_D, Sep 2022
Private Tour, Tower of London
The Crown Jewels are spectacular . Great guide . Easy to book but a little costly. I will use aviator again.
star-5
Spectacular sites and spectacular guide
Jess_Y, Sep 2022
Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London
Our guide was fantastic, she made an effort to teach us and show us many different things, and also honed in on our interests. It was well worth the cost, and I would recommend this tour.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Barbara_L, Sep 2022
Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London
We had a great time with our guide Gallina. She was very knowledgeable about the places we visited, answered all our questions about history and England, and was very thoughtful in making sure we got some breaks to sit during all of the walking.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tower Bridge is a must for architecture and engineering aficionados, and all first-time visitors to London.

  • While you can walk, cycle, or drive across the bridge, the most spectacular views are from the top walkways—part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

  • River traffic takes priority over road traffic, and vehicles and pedestrians have to wait when a boat wants to come through.

  • The bridge is accessible to wheelchair users and strollers.

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How to Get There

Tower Bridge is the easternmost of central London’s main bridges. Entrance to the Tower Bridge Exhibition is from the Tower of London (north) side of the river. The closest Tube stations are Tower Hill (District and Circle lines) on the north side and London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines) on the south side. Riverboats stop at Tower Pier on the north bank and London Bridge City Pier on the south bank.

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When to Get There

It’s almost impossible to avoid crowds along Tower Bridge, especially in peak season (July and August), but opting for an early morning or late evening stroll across the bridge offers the best chance. If you’re hoping to capture a dramatic photograph of the bridge, arrive in time for sunrise, when the lighting is perfect and the crowds are thin. If possible, time your arrival to coincide with the opening of the bascule bridge; times are listed on the Tower Bridge website.

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The Tower Bridge Exhibition

At the Tower Bridge Exhibition, you can discover the tower’s fascinating history, peek into the Victorian engine rooms, and learn about its complex mechanics while watching a virtual bridge lift. The highlight is the chance to walk the 138-foot-high (42-meter) walkways at the very top of the towers. The East Walkway offers great views along the River Thames, including theHMS Belfast and London Bridge, while the Glass Walkway lets you look down through a glass floor to the cars and pedestrians on the bridge below. Guided tours also offer behind-the-scenes access to areas including the bridge control room, the machinery room, and the bascule chambers.

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