Saturday, 20 August 2016

Tower Bridge Review

As I'm visiting London on a more regular basis and taking in the sites, I thought it was time I visited Tower Bridge. Now, London has many bridges and at first I was getting this bridge with London Bridge (I blame the popular song by Fergie) mixed up. It's not until my friend pointed out that Tower Bridge is the bridge that lifts up to allow ships to pass, I remembered it from the many films that feature this iconic bridge.

Now, as with all tourist places, this place was heaving with tourists and as it was a sunny London day, there were lots of people of all ages and all cultures visiting. As I approached Tower Bridge I marvelled at the engineering works and it's sheer size.

After collecting my tickets, my friend and I entered the lift and travelled up several floors to the North Tower. Once the lift opened, there were old footage of the tower's construction and some insightful information on how many men were employed and how long it took for the bridge to be built. Looking up, there were waxworks of men on steel bars completing the bridge - they were incredibly brave.

I made my way through to the most spectacular part of the exhibition: the glass floors. There are spectacular views of London from 42 meters above. I enjoyed watching the iconic red buses, watch those who are cycling and walking. I was lucky enough to walk across the glass floors when there was a bridge lifting which was simply breathtaking. If you are brave enough, walk across the glass floor, some were brave, others were scared.

After walking the glass floors, head to the glass ceiling part of the exhibition and view in some beautiful views of London.

 Once you have finished taking photos of the London landscape, head to the Engine Rooms.

A quote from the website states "A trip to Tower Bridge isn't complete without visiting the Victorian Engine Rooms". Unfortunately, due to my train heading back to the Midlands, I was unable to do this.  But, I wish I had just to see how the steam engines were back then.

I definitely think Tower Bridge is one of the places which you must visit when visiting London. It's also a great place for children and families too.

Single tickets cost £9, family tickets start from £14.10.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets for Tower Bridge. 


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