Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is one of the most recognisable landmarks in London together with Big Ben. The bridge was built in 1894 to a design matching that of the Tower of London.

The bridge is often confused with the London Bridge, which is the next bridge upstream but looks nothing like Tower Bridge.</p><p>Tower Bridge is open for traffic, and one can cross it by walking, cycling or with a car. The best views of the bridge are available when taking a river cruise or Thames Clipper under the bridge. Also, the opposite side of the Thames from the Tower of London is a popular picture-taking spot.

There is a tour available allowing for crossing the bridge on the top level that has a glass floor, and the route also takes you to see the machinery of the bridge.

Getting there

The closest tube station is Tower Hill (District, Circle), around 5 minutes walking distance from the bridge. Thames Clipper has a pier next to the Tower of London.


Tower of London is only a few minutes walk away from the bridge. Both The Shard and Borough Market are about 10-15 minutes from Tower Bridge.