An iconic connection between Brooklyn and Manhattan

It’s beautiful at any time of day, but sunset is a great time to visit Brooklyn Bridge. From the pedestrian walkway you can take in the views of Brooklyn at one end and Manhattan at the other, not to mention the Statue of Liberty – all of which look fantastic when they are lit up in the evening.

The history of Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, New York is an amazing engineering feat and one of the oldest steel-wire suspension bridges in the United States. Completed in 1883 it has a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 meters), which made it the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1903.

When it was built some people were afraid it was unsafe. So, on 17th May 1884, P.T. Barnum (the famous circus owner) proved it was completely stable by leading a parade of 21 elephants over it.

Feeling romantic?

Why not join the thousands of other couples who have attached ‘love locks’ near the Manhattan Tower of the bridge as a show of everlasting love?

Whether you’re part of a couple or a family, the best way to get to Brooklyn Bridge is by hopping on and off our New York Bus Tour.

Other interesting facts about the Brooklyn Bridge

  • The pedestrian walkway across Brooklyn Bridge is slightly over 1.1 miles (3.6 kilometres) long
  • It took 14 years to build, from 1869-1883
  • The towers are made of Maine Granite and rise 276 feet (84 meters) above the water
  • There are 4 gigantic cables made up of over 5,000 steel wires
  • Over 150,000 people crossed the Brooklyn Bridge on its opening day