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In the late 1800s, there was no bolder display of a country’s technological prowess than a spectacular bridge. Consider the Brooklyn Bridge or the Firth of Forth Bridge. This celebrates one such triumph. The museum is like two attractions in one. The first satisfies sightseers who have dreamed of going up in the famous neo-Gothic towers and crossing the high-level observation walkways. For them, it’s a close encounter with a world icon. The second aspect delves into the steam-driven machinery that so impressed the world in 1894, and that will hook the mechanically inclined. The original bascule-raising equipment, representing the largest use of hydraulic power at the time, remains in fine condition despite being retired in favor of electricity in 1976. The raising of the spans is now controlled by joystick from a cabin across the road from the entrance (check “Bridge Lift Times” on the website to find out when). How could such a proud monument survive the Blitz when everything around it got flattened? The Luftwaffe needed it as a visual landmark. It discounts tickets with entry to the Monument (for both: £11 adults, £4.70 kids 5–15, £7.20 seniors/students). It provides a £2-off voucher for its gift shop.