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Tower Bridge: Scheduled lift times for the drawbridge

Tower Bridge lift times
Where? Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road When? 1st June to 26th October 2024 Note: On average the roadway opens and closes two or three times every day, but not all of them are publicised in advance. The information on this page only includes the publicised ones Price? It's free to stand on the bank and watch the drawbridge go up and down, you'll have to pay to get inside the Tower Bridge exhibition itself · See towerbridge.org Usual entry cost: Adults £11.40; Children £5.70 (5-15); Infants free entry (under-5); Family ticket £19.38 Parking: Nearby car parks Buses: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1 Bus fares Trains: The closest station is Tower Hill Circle District Other nearby stations: Tower Gateway Train fares

Tower Bridge opens around a thousand times a year, averaging out to about 2-3 times each day. During the summer months it’s not unusual for it to open as many as 7-8 times a day.

Boat owners are supposed to give at least 24 hours notice if they want to pass underneath the drawbridge but not all of them do, so Tower Bridge only publicises a relatively small number of them in advance. If your date doesn't appear in the list below then there’s still a chance you’ll get lucky and see the drawbridge being raised.

Tower BridgePhoto: Craig Cross
Tower Bridge, with the City of London's Square Mile behind

Scheduled lift times

Sat 1 Jun: 08:15, 08:45; Tue 4 Jun: 18:15, 19:00, 21:00, 21:45; Wed 5 Jun: 15:15, 18:45, 22:00; Thu 6 Jun: 12:00, 14:30; Sat 8 Jun: 14:30, 15:30, 16:15, 16:30, 18:15, 19:30, 20:15, 21:30; Sun 9 Jun: 10:30, 11:15, 14:00, 14:30, 15:15, 16:15; Mon 10 Jun: 16:00, 18:45, 22:00; Tue 11 Jun: 15:45, 18:30; Wed 12 Jun: 06:00, 16:00, 16:30, 17:45; Thu 13 Jun: 12:15, 13:00, 16:15, 17:00; Tue 18 Jun: 10:30, 11:15, 14:30, 15:15; Sat 22 Jun: 13:45, 14:30, 17:45, 18:30; Tue 25 Jun: 21:00; Thu 27 Jun: 20:15, 20:45, 21:30; Fri 28 Jun: 12:45, 16:00, 17:30, 19:30; Sat 29 Jun: 10:30, 11:15, 15:30, 16:15; Sat 6 Jul: 13:45, 14:30, 17:45, 18:30; Mon 8 Jul: 16:00, 18:45, 22:00; Tue 9 Jul: 10:00, 14:30; Wed 10 Jul: 17:00; Thu 11 Jul: 15:45, 16:15; Fri 12 Jul: 12:45, 16:00, 19:30, 20:30, 22:45, 23:30; Sat 13 Jul: 10:30, 11:15, 15:30, 16:15; Sat 20 Jul: 10:00, 10:45, 15:15, 16:00; Fri 2 Aug: 19:30, 20:30, 22:45, 23:30; Sat 31 Aug: 10:30, 11:15, 15:30, 16:15; Fri 6 Sep: 13:45, 14:30; Fri 20 Sep: 16:00, 16:45; Sat 21 Sep: 10:30, 11:15, 15:30, 16:15; Fri 27 Sep: 18:00, 18:30; Sat 28 Sep: 14:30, 15:00, 22:15; Sun 29 Sep: 09:40, 20:35; Mon 30 Sep: 09:40, 21:05, 22:00; Wed 2 Oct: 14:20, 14:50; Thu 3 Oct: 19:50; Fri 4 Oct: 09:10; Sat 5 Oct: 18:00, 18:30; Sun 6 Oct: 21:30; Mon 7 Oct: 09:20, 21:15, 22:10; Tue 8 Oct: 06:00, 16:45; Wed 9 Oct: 19:50, 20:50; Fri 11 Oct: 14:15, 14:45, 22:05; Sat 12 Oct: 09:40, 19:50; Sun 13 Oct: 09:40, 19:50, 20:45; Sat 26 Oct: 10:30, 11:15, 15:30, 16:15

Note: The drawbridge will only be in the air for about a minute, but if you include the time it takes them to open and close the approach road then the whole process takes about 3-5 minutes.

Where's the best place to stand?

Tower Bridge from Butler's WharfPhoto: Craig Cross
Tower Bridge from Butler's Wharf

The most popular place to watch the bridge open is on the river walk by the Tower of London, but we think you actually get a better photo from the other side of the river, by the old City Hall building.

There's another nice view from the opposite side of the bridge, standing by the river on Butler's Wharf.

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