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Tower Bridge in London

2019-05-11

Tower Bridge is an iconic bridge in London, which crosses the Thames River and is a combined bridge and suspension bridge in London. It stands out for its two towers and its proximity to the Tower of London, officially Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, who gives the name to this bridge.



The Tower Bridge of London in England, is one of the most recognized monuments of this English city next to Big Ben and the Wheel of Fortune. However, it is often confused with the London Bridge.

It was built in the 19th century many years after the London Bridge, as a result of a need: the city was growing and as it increased its activity it was necessary to build another communication route that crossed the river. As they did not want to cut the flow of port traffic, instead of building a traditional fixed bridge, they built this drawbridge and a pedestrian tunnel under the Thames, the Tower Subway, opened in 1870.



The deck of the bridge is freely accessible for both vehicles and pedestrians. While the twin towers of the bridge, high-level corridors and Victorian machine rooms are part of the Tower Bridge Exposition, for which an admission fee is charged.

The visit to the Tower Bridge exhibition shows how the bridge's elevation system worked from its construction until 1976, by means of a steam engine, and its subsequent replacement by an electrical system. The rest of the exhibition is dedicated to highlight the importance of the Tower Bridge in the history of the city. Along the upper walkways you can also see the photos of the most iconic bridges in the world among which, undoubtedly, includes Tower Bridge.



When the bridge is raised, it is an unique scenography to be in when it happens. Thousands of tourists, schedule their visits to this area of London, to be present at the time this happens. Check Bridge Lift Times schedules.



Even there are some who schedule their visit to the bridge towers and stand on the glass floor to see the event from the top of the point. Both options are excellent, but we recommend the second one.

CURIOSITIES

+ It is very common to confuse Tower Bridge with London Bridge, a more austere bridge, located east of Tower Bridge, which was the first to be built to join the two banks of the Thames.

+ A legend tells that the wealthy American oilman Robert P. McCulloch, who bought the London Bridge in 1968 for 2 and a half million pounds, and when they started building it in Arizona he realized that it was not the Tower Bridge that he liked it so much.

+ Tower Bridge is one of the most emblematic symbols of London and usually becomes the target of the cameras of all tourists.



+ Tower Bridge is the only bridge over the Thames that can be opened for the passage of navigation.

+ Tower Bridge opens about 1000 times a year. It takes 61 seconds to open.

+ In 1968, a fighter pilot of the Royal Air Force unhappy with the attitude of its commanders before the poor celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the RAF, decided to celebrate it on its own, with a low flight along the Thames that ended up crossing the Tower Bridge below the pedestrian walkway, without any authorization. The good of Alan Pollock was arrested and expelled from the body as soon as he landed, but he will go down in history as the first to cross the famous bridge with a jet plane.

+ In the year 1952, while a bus with twelve passengers passed through the bridge, something failed and it began to open. The driver reacted quickly and jumped to the other side. All 'landed' safe and even the driver was rewarded for his good reflexes and courage. Braking could have caused a huge disaster.



+ Londoners like to take care of what is theirs and that's why their monuments look beautiful like the first day. The Tower Bridge in London is painted every 25 years with about 22,000 liters of paint. The last time was in 2011, on the occasion of the Summer Olympics.

+ The Bridge of the Tower in London has appeared in numerous films such as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Sherlock Holmes, The Wolf Man or in the series Friends, among others.

TIPS

*Location: Tower Bridge it's located in London.
*Schedule: 9:30-17:30 (October-March) & 10:00-18:00 (April-September).
*Rates: (All prices are in Pound Sterlings).
Tickets for adults...$9,80
Tickets for childs (5-15 years old)...$4,20.
Ticket for 1 adult and 2 childs...$15,30.
Ticket for 2 adult and 1 childs...$20,00.
Ticket for 2 adult and 2 childs...$22,00.
Ticket for 2 adult and 3 childs...$24,50.
Tickets for child (under 5 years old)...free.
Here you can book your tickets online https://towerbridge.recreatex.be/Products/Overview
*Duration: 30 minutes to 1 Hour.
*Warning: Children under 15 years old, must enter with an adult.
*Best time: June-September.
*Website: Tower Bridge.

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