THE TOWER BRIDGE EXPERIENCE!

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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.

East Walkway

East Walk

 

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!!

 

 

 

West Walkway.

West Walkway.

 

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!!!

 

4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figures of Construction workers on a girder in the North Tower.

Figures of Construction workers on a girder in the North Tower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City Hall, The Shard & HMS Belfast.

City Hall, The Shard & HMS Belfast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carnaby Street.

Carnaby Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viaduc Du Millau,  Millau, Aveyron, France.

Viaduc Du Millau,
Millau, Aveyron, France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOWER BRIDGE EXHIBITION OPENING TIMES:-

 

April/September:- 10am/6pm

October/March :- 9:30am/5:30pm

 

ADMISSION FEES FOR TOWER BRIDGE:-

 

Adults:- £8

Children from 3 to 15 yrs:- £3.40

Under 5’s enter for free

Concession:- £5.60

 

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Website:-

http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

 

 

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