Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built in 1886–1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London. 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. It is the only one of the Trust’s bridges not to connect the City of London directly to the Southwark bank, as its northern landfall is in Tower Hamlets.

The bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal tension forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical components of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge’s present colour scheme dates from 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee.
This rejected blueprint of Tower Bridge, which was submitted by Sir Horace Jones in 1878, shows the bridge with a semi-circle of metal between its two arches instead of the two horizontal walkways tourists would now recognise. The final design, which was also by Sir Horace due to his position as the City of London’s official architect, was finished in 1894 after eight years of construction. It is estimated that around 430 workers were drafted in from across the country to finish the bridge


Buy TicketsWhen booking your tickets online to Tower Bridge
Ticket Price Quantity
Adult (normally £9.00) £8.00
Children (5-15) (normally £3.90) £3.50
Students (with identification) (normally £6.30) £5.65
Seniors (aged 60+) (normally £6.30) £5.65
Under 5 FREE
Disabled/Carer FREE
Family Tickets

1 Adult, 2 Children £14.10
2 Adults, 1 Child £18.00
2 Adults, 2 Children £20.30
2 Adults, 3/4 Children £22.50

Joint Tickets for Tower Bridge Exhibition and The Monument
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Adult(Joint) £11.00
Children (5-15)(Joint) £5.00
Senior (aged 60+) (Joint) £7.50j
Student (with identification)(Joint) £7.50
Joint Family Tickets

1 Adult, 2 Children(Joint) £18.30
2 Adults, 1 Child(Joint) £23.10
2 Adults, 2 Children(Joint) £26.50
2 Adults, 3/4 Children(Joint) £30.90
The combined ticket offer is valid for seven days from date of redemption at either Tower Bridge or The Monument and permits one visit per attraction


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