|Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom. March 2014|
Overview of Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is one of the most popular bridges in the world. Some argue that it is the popular bridge in the world but that is subject to discussion. It is a bascule and suspension bridge. Tower Bridge is an iconic symbol of London. It construction commenced in 1886 and was climaxed by the official opening by the then Prince of Wales, (the future King Edward VII) and his wife on 30th June, 1894. Since then, this bridge has stood over river Thames without experiencing any mechanical problem causing fatalities. There has been a major color change when it was changed from mid-greenish to red, white and blue. The color change was done for Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee. Other changes include a 2008 facelift that had £4 million aside for the project. Tourists come from different parts of the world to visit this attraction site.
Tower Bridge Exhibition
Before 1910, the walkway in the bridge was a perceived spot for prostitutes and pickpockets. This earned the bridge a bad name and the authority closed it just to be opened in 1982 with a new face. This high level open air walkway was opened as an exhibition center housing displays. The Victoria engine rooms were also converted to exhibition rooms. Here, people can know the history of the bridge. Videos and photos are used to explain to tourists why and how the bridge was built. There is a small fee charged for admission to this exhibition site. But I got in with my London Pass.
There are also walkways that are free for the public. Some tourists just like hanging in the bridge taking lots of pictures at different angles. It forms a good viewing point to view the stretched River Thames. The walkway has been used severally by men as the perfect spot for proposing to their lovers. How well can you get it than proposing on top of River Thames at dusk?
How to get to Tower Bridge
There are different ways of reaching Tower Bridge depending on where you are coming from. But once in London, you can never get lost on your way to Tower Bridge. The easiest way of reaching this site for visitors is by using sightseeing bus tours in London.
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