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Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge is a combined drawbridge and suspension bridge in London built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London. Tower Bridge is sometimes confused with the historically known London Bridge, situated some 0.5 mi (0.80 km) upstream.

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 two towers carry the vertical components of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways. The drawbridge pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower.

The bridge deck is freely accessible to both vehicles and pedestrians, whereas the bridge’s twin towers, high-level walkways and Victorian engine rooms form part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition, for which an admission charge.

Highlights of the Tower Bridge, London

  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • Original steam engines
  • Victorian engine rooms
  • High-level walkways
  • Bridge’s twin towers

Tower Bridge, London

  • Museum:      Tower Bridge, London
  • City:              London
  • Country:       United Kingdom
  • Type:             Historical Site
  • Opened:       1894
  • Location:      Tower Bridge Rd, London, UK
  • Design:         Bascule bridge / Suspension Bridge
  • Length:         801 ft (244 m)
  • Height:         213 ft (65 m)
  • Clearance     28 ft (8.6 m) (closed); 139 ft (42.5 m) (open)

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– Bertrand Russell


Photo Credit: JOM

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