June 30th 2014 is the 120th anniversary of the opening of Tower Bridge. And to celebrate all visitors to the exhibition gained entry for £1.20 all day!!. I attended a press event on the day at 8:30am where we all had the opportunity to view the exhibition on the walkways & watch a video about the bridges genesis. So to inform you of some history, construction began in 1886 after a public competition was held to find the right design. The competition was won by Sir Horace Jones & in conjunction with civil engineer Sir John Wolfe it took 8 years to complete with 5 major contractors and 400 workers. Because London was getting bigger & busier in the late 1800’s a new bridge was needed get people & traffic to & from the bustling trading port in the east of the city.
The view is stunning & is only surpassed my modern architectural wonders like The Shard & The Gherkin which one can see from the walkways. 120 years ago people would have marveled at the view of the city from an elevated position & there would have been the added bonus of sail ships, steamers & barges busily negotiating their way up & down the waterway. The exhibition explains about different types of bridge construction & shows examples of bridges from around the world, how Tower Bridge works & history of the local area. On the West walkway there is another exhibition called ”The Sixties” which shows images of the people, places & events that shaped the 1960’s including photos of Twiggy, Mary Quant, Sean Connery, Mods, Rockers, John Surtees & Graham Hill. This exhibition is included in the entrance fee & is an extremely interesting view, i thoroughly enjoyed it!!
If you have not been to Tower Bridge before i’d recommend it! If you have a few hours to fill & you’re in central London then you can’t go wrong with the Tower Bridge Experience!!!
TOWER BRIDGE EXHIBITION OPENING TIMES:-
October/March :- 9:30am/5:30pm
ADMISSION FEES FOR TOWER BRIDGE:-
Children from 3 to 15 yrs:- £3.40
Under 5’s enter for free
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