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The Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is one of the most finest and recognizable bridges in the World. Since 1894, the Tower bridge has stood over the river Thames in London. You can enjoy the breath-taking Tower bridge exhibition views from the high-level walkways. The walkways boast special viewing windows which allow you to take photographs unobstructed by glass, providing you with the perfect photo opportunity. Tower bridge has become an iconic symbol of London and is sometimes mistakenly called London Bridge, which is the next bridge upstream. Tower bridge is a blended bascule and suspension bridge in London, England over the river Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. The bridge is owned and maintained by Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust supervised by the Corporation of London.

The high-level walkways between the towers were closed in 1910, because it gained an unpleasant reputation as a haunt for prostitutes and pickpockets. They have been reopened as part of the Tower bridge experience, an exhibition mostly housed in the bridge's twin towers. Photos, holograms and a film detailing the build, along with access to the original steam engines that once powered the bridge bascules, housed in a building close to the south end of the bridge are some of the portrayed items in the exhibition. If you want to see the bridge's command center, from where the raising of the bascules is controlled for a vessel to pass through then you have to book in advance a behind the scenes tour. The bascules are raised around 900 times a year. A computer system was installed in 2000 to control the raising and lowering of the bascules remotely.

On 30 th June 1894, the Tower bridge was opened by the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, and his wife, Alexandra of Denmark. The original raising mechanism was powered by pressurized water stored in six hydraulic accumulators. It was Sir W. G. Armstrong Mitchell & Company of Gateshead. Water,who designed and installed the system. Tower bridge also houses four exquisite and unique venues, which are ideal for all styles of corporate hospitality and private events, including weddings and civil partnership ceremonies. More over you can also visit the the Victorian Engine Rooms which is home to the beautifully maintained original steam engines that used to power the Bridge lifts. Exciting hands-on mechanisms and information panels explain about the ingenuous technology used over the years to keep Tower Bridge in motion.

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