Take a walk across the top of London’s most famous bridge with only glass between you and the Thames, 42 metres below
One of the most famous river crossings in the world, Tower Bridge is actually only 120 years old. Still, the fact that it lifts up in the middle when large vessels are passing underneath makes it an icon that most children probably picture in their minds when singing ‘London Bridge is falling down’.
Planes have flown through it, David Beckham has steered a speedboat underneath it and in 1952 a double-decker bus really did ‘leap’ over the gap when the bridge started to lift without warning.
At the time when it was built, Tower Bridge was hailed as a miracle of Victorian engineering, with the steam-powered strength to lift up the two halves of the roadway whenever required. For some time, you’ve been able to visit inside the towers, see the steam engines and walk over the high-level pathways, taking in the stunning views from such a height over the Thames. But now the walkways feature a glass floor, so you experience the incredible sensation of standing 42 metres above the water seemingly without anything beneath you. Incredible, that is, for anyone with a head for heights. Morning yoga sessions are even held here, although they sell out very quickly.
The Tower Bridge Experience attraction also includes an exhibition celebrating other great feats of engineering in bridge design from around the world, and an art installation as you descend down the ornate staircase.
In peak visiting hours or during bridge lifts it’s not always easy to guarantee what time you will be able to access the walkways, and the bridge lifts actually take place more often than you’d think. Raising Tower Bridge’s two bascules is a service provided free of charge by the City of London Corporation, 365 days a year, night or day, to the relevant registered boats and ships. On average, Tower Bridge is raised 850 times a year, so next time you’re walking nearby, wait and see what happens, as it’s always a treat to see the bridge go up.
|Venue name:||Tower Bridge||Contact:|
Tower Bridge Road
|Opening hours:||Open Apr–Sep 10am–5.30pm (last admission); Oct–Mar 9.30am–5pm (last admission). Closed Dec 24–26. Open 10am–5pm Jan 1.|
|Transport:||Tube: Tower Hill/London Bridge|
|Price:||£9 (online £8), £3.90 (online £3.50) under-16s, £6.30 (£5.65 online) students/over-60s, free under-fives, free disabled/carers, family from £14.10.|
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The bridge itself is a must see! I haven't paid for the exhibition before and don't think you need to really, walking across this iconic bridge is enough on its own!