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Tower Bridge. Opened in 1894, Tower Bridge is an enduring symbol of London.
Though river traffic is far less than a hundred years ago the twin bascules are still opened for river traffic several times a week. The London Bridge Experience offer a chance to climb the towers, and view the River from the glass sided walkways, some 140 feet above the Thames, as well as seeing the original steam engines powering the lifting mechanisms for raising the bascules.
Fine views across to Butlers Wharf, and on the other bank the Tower of London and St Katherine's Dock.
In the early nineteenth century the Dock would have been full of sailing ships from around the world,
discharging their cargoes. Nowadays the Docks are a popular tourist destination in their own right with shops, and a display of sailing barges in the marina.
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