Completed in 1894, this bascule bridge with an unusual Victorian Gothic design has become a beloved London landmark. Fine views of the River Thames, Tower of London, and the city can be enjoyed from its upper walkways.

Tower Bridge and Thames by Night (London, England)
Night view of the Tower Bridge in London, England. Holly Hayes
Location map of Tower Bridge, London, England. Click to enlarge.
Aerial view of Tower Bridge, London, England. Click to enlarge.

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Listed Building ID
1385980 view listed building data
Article Title
Tower Bridge
51.5055899° N, 0.0753136° W map · aerial
Grid Reference
TQ 33645 80196
Street Address
Tower Bridge Rd
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Listed Building Description

Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.


TQ3380 TOWER BRIDGE ROAD 636-1/2/793 Tower Bridge (that part that lies 06/12/49 within the Borough of Southwark)


Bridge. 1886-94. By Sir John Wolfe Barry, engineer and Sir Horace Jones, architect. For the City Corporation. Low level bascule bridge with wider side spans hung from curved lattice girders; central narrower opening section. Steel structure with twin Gothic towers rising from 21.3m (70ft) broad piers which support the bascules and house their counter balances. Towers clad in rock-faced stone with ashlar dressings; high pitched slate roofs behind stone battlemented parapet. High level footbridges between the towers, incorporating ties between the 2 suspended spans and linking whole bridge together as continuous structure. Tower of 4 stages with corner turrets surmounted by pinnacles. Some architectural detailing added after Jones's death. Above archway, elaborate Gothic-style windows on each level surmounted by dormer feature in roof; moulded string courses between floors... read more

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Place ID
Tower Bridge, London, England
Added By
Holly Hayes
Date Added
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
May 6, 2022