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The tour starts with a lift to the top and a stroll along the walkways which provide stunning views down the Thames and tell the history of the Bridge.
In 1878 it was decided that the old bridge wasn’t big enough and a competition was launched to find the perfect design for a new bridge. Many of the submissions were unworkable and it took nearly a decade to select the final design by architect Horace Jones. The interior of the bridge is as elegantly steampunk as the exterior.
After seeing the view from the top, head down into the engine rooms where you can see the old steam engines which used to power Tower Bridge. The steam engines are works of art, elegantly designed and painted with clear labels explaining the functions.
The engine rooms have videos showing what happens inside when the bridge lifts and models you can play with to understand how the bridge works.
I paid £8 for an adult ticket and thought that was good value for money, given that it was facinating, informative, took over an hour to wander round and gave me the opportunity to explore one of the most famous structures in the world.
Open daily April-September 10-6.30pm, October-March 9:306pm. Adult £8, child £3.40 www.towerbridge.org.uk