Program - Sightseeing - London - United Kingdom
One of London's famous attractions

Facts and History of Tower Bridge in London

Tower Bridge, one of London’s most famous landmarks, is a bascule and suspension bridge on River Thames. It has two towers, in Victorian Gothic style, that are connected with two walkways that are constructed so they can resist horizontal forces from suspended parts of the bridge. The base of each tower holds machines that lift two parts of the bridge so the bridge can allow the passing of river traffic beneath. Tower Bridge is located close to the Tower of London from which it got its name.

East End of London reached so high commercial development in the second half of 19th that it demanded one more river crossing. In 1876, a “Special Bridge or Subway Committee” was formed to find a solution. Sir Horace Jones, the City Architect designed the bridge in collaboration with John Wolfe Barry. Construction began in 1886 and lasted until 1894. It has 70,000 tons of concrete in foundations only and some 10,000 tons of steel and is covered in Cornish granite and Portland stone. Prince and Princess of Wales officially opened the bridge on 30th of June 1894.

Daily, some 40,000 people cross it in both directions. Taking photographs of the Tower Bridge is a favorite London tourist activity, but you can also go inside the bridge, where you'll have a magnificent view over London from the walkway between the two bridge towers.