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Tower Bridge lifts 1,000 a year which is a rough average of three times a day. This is all controlled by computer now and you can watch a video of the process in the Engine Room at the Tower Bridge Exhibition. I've asked staff if opening the bridge is expensive but they assure me it only costs pennies these days.

If you have a yacht, it's free to request Tower Bridge to open; you just need to give a minimum of 24 hours notice. When the bridge opens fully, the bascules are at 86 degrees but it does not open fully for all vessels.

Use the Tower Bridge Lift Timetable posted on the official website to plan your visit (and photo opportunity). The schedule is usually available for 2-4 weeks in advance. The best place to watch and take photos is on the South Bank outside City Hall.

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