5D/4N Backpacking London Without A Tour – Free & Easy (Part 6) : London Tower Bridge & The Tower of London (Opening Hours & Admission Tickets)

A trip to London, United Kingdom would be incomplete without a visit to one of London’s famous bridges and castles situated by the River Thames – The Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Good news is, both attractions are located within walking distance from one another and there are several London Tube a.k.a London Underground stations nearby. 😀

 

The London Tower Bridge

The eye-catching Victorian Gothic-style tower bridge that crosses the River Thames is one of many must-see landmarks in London, United Kingdom. Unlike other bridges, the London Tower Bridge is unique. It is a bascule-suspension bridge consisting of two bridge towers built on piers. The bridge’s bascules or leaves could be raised to allow river traffic along the River Thames to pass freely. 😀

Most visitors prefer to take photographs of the London Tower Bridge from a distance. Up-close, the bridge deck is freely accessible to both vehicles and pedestrians. However, an admission charge is made for visits to the Tower Bridge’s exhibition areas namely the bridge’s twin towers, high-level walkways and Victorian engine rooms.

 

Admission Tickets Charges

Individual

Group (10+)

Adults (18 years +)

£9.00

£7.65

Students & Seniors (60 years +)

£6.30

£5.65

Children (5-15 years)

£3.90

£3.40

Family (1 adult + 2 children)

£14.10

Family (2 adults + 1 child)

£18.00

Family (2 adults + 2 children)

£20.30

Family (2 adults + 3-4 children)

£22.50

Buy in advance online to save up £1 per ticket here.

 

For your info, the Tower Bridge Exhibition is open daily except on 24 – 26 December and 1 January. During summer (April – September), the London Tower Bridge is open from 10:00 to 17:30 (last admission). During winter (October – March), the London Tower Bridge is open from 09:30 to 17:00 (last admission). For more info, visit the Tower of London’s official website here.

 

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The River Thames and London Tower Bridge as seen from London Bridge, London
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A gloomy and windy walk in the rain on the North Bank of River Thames in London, UK
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The Tower Pier by the River Thames in London, UK
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Erika & the London Tower Bridge in London, UK
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The Victorian Gothic-style London Tower Bridge on a rainy and foggy day in London, UK

 

The Tower of London

The Tower of London a.k.a Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. The Tower is home to the Royal Mint and the Crown Jewels of England, and has served as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, a public records office and even a prison. 😀

The Tower of London is open daily except on 24 – 26 December and 1 January, from 09:00 to 17:30 (last admission at 17:00). Among the highlights of the Tower of London are the Royal Beasts, The White Tower, The Yeoman Warders, The Crown Jewels, The ravens, The Fusilier Museum, East Wall Walk, and more.

 

Admission Tickets Charges

Gate Price*

Online Rate*

Adults (18 years +)

£25.00

£23.10

Students & Seniors (60 years +)

£19.50

£17.60

Children (5-15 years)

£12.00

£10.50

Family (1 adult + 3 children)

£45.00

£41.30

Family (2 adults + 3 children)

£63.00

£57.40

Annual Membership (Unlimited entry to all palaces)

From £48.00

*Ticket price includes a voluntary donation. Buy the tickets online here.

 

For more info, visit the Tower of London’s official website here.

 

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Elizabeth II Regina ER royal insignia on the gates of the Tower of London, UK
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The entrance to the Tower of London a.k.a Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, UK
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The Tower of London is home to the Royal Mint and the Crown Jewels of England, and has served as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, a public records office and even a prison
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The White Tower and the Traitor’s Gate of the Tower of London, UK

 

Unfavourable Weather Conditions For Sightseeing & Photography

Due to time constraint and an unfavourable weather, my sister and I decided to postpone our visit to the exhibitions at the London Tower Bridge and the Tower of London to another date. The pouring rain, fog, strong winds and lack of sunlight simply did not create a favourable environment for sightseeing and photography. 🙁

We had to take refuge from the cold, rain and strong winds inside a warm and cosy shop nearby that sells a variety of food and warm drinks at an affordable price – Pret A Manger. There, we treated ourselves to a cup of hot chocolate and warm food while we waited for the rain to stop.

Thankfully, despite the unfavourable weather conditions, we managed to take some photographs for keepsake. We are sure to visit London, United Kingdom again in the future to finish our incomplete mission at the London Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, preferably in summer where the sun will be shinning with blue skies and no rain in sight. 😀

 

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Wanderlust sisters, Erika & Eva by the River Thames with the London Tower Bridge in the background

 

Up next: Dining at Pret A Manger – Affordable, healthy and nutritious food on the go! 😉

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