"The Tower Bridge" Tower Bridge Tip by iandsmith
Tower Bridge, London: 306 reviews and 515 photos
If you want the bascules raised, 24 hours notice is required and, these days, it doesn't happen very often. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Tower Bridge was first used in 1894. In those days, the arms of the bridge were lifted an average of 16 times a day and it was done by steam power. They were converted to electrical power in 1976.
The bridge was designed so that when the bascules were raised, pedestrians still had access across the river. The gangway that you can see going from the top of one tower to the other could be accessed via stairwells in the towers. Being a lazy generation, you can take a lift these days.
I love the story about the wealthy American who bought London Bridge for about 2.5 million. He thought it was the Tower Bridge. There's a message in there.
Address: Across the River Thames. Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP
Directions: Nearest Tubes, Tower Hill & London Bridge. Between Tooley Rd. & St Catherines Dock.
Phone: +44 20 7403 3761
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