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Tower Bridge Engineering Tours 2013

By November 25, 2012

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From January to March 2013 you can book weekend behind-the-scenes tours of Tower Bridge. The Engineering Tours include access to areas that are normally out-of-bounds to the public. Tickets are 30 each and are on sale now.

The tour is divided into two parts with the first part led by one of Tower Bridge's experienced tour guides. It includes an audio-visual exploration of Tower Bridge Exhibition, which explains the fascinating history of the Bridge and its construction, the panoramic Walkways suspended 42 meters above the Thames with their views across London and the atmospheric Victorian Engine Rooms which house the magnificent restored steam pumping engines, accumulators and boilers that were used to power the bridge lifts until 1976.

The second part of the tour is conducted by one of Tower Bridge's senior technical officers, who will take guests to those areas that are normally off-limits to the public, including the Bridge Control Room, the immense Bascule Chambers below the level of the river bed and the Machinery Room that houses the hydraulics that power the lifting of the Bridge. Visitors will discover how the Bridge operates today and be able to ask any questions they may have.

Since Tower Bridge opened in 1894, it has become one of the world's most recognised and best-loved icons. When it was completed it was the largest and most sophisticated bascule bridge ever built and it remains an impressive and beautiful example of visionary Victorian engineering.

Dates: Every weekend during January and March 2013
Ticket Hotline: 020 3355 5585
Cost: 30 per person, which includes a Tower Bridge Guide Book. Tours last for 90 minutes and each tour is limited to 12 places. Individual tickets can be purchased for these tours so for this special period there is no need to be part of an organized group with a minimum number. Image: © Laura Porter | London Travel Blog
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