I had an opportunity to take a private, behind-the-scenes tour of what may be London’s most iconic landmark, Tower Bridge. This engineering marvel was built in 1886, as a much needed river crossing that could also accommodate ship traffic. While the exterior of the bridge looks quite Olde English-y and like it’s solid stone, the structure is a Victorian iron-framed building with a cosmetic stone cladding. The Tower Bridge Exhibition is an experience that includes a tour of the bridge, the walkways above with glass floors and the engine rooms. It’s a very cool experience, offering all visitors a very up-close and personal tour of this London icon.
I climbed to the top of the north tower and was able to see the roof and metal framework that makes up the bridge. I had a great view out of the little windows at the top of the tower, overlooking London and looking down on the pedestrian walkways.
The final part of the tour takes visitors into the engine rooms to see the original, Victorian machinery that powered the bridge for many years.
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