Tower Bridge

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Opened in 1894, this is the 'London Bridge' that wasn't sold to America. Originally powered by steam, the Tower Bridge drawbridge is now opened by electric rams when big ships need to venture this far upstream (you can check when the bridge is next due to be raised on the website).

The Tower Bridge Exhibition tells the history of the bridge and explains how its original machinery, two steam pumping engines which are still in place, worked. From the high walkways there are stunning views of London to the west and east. An immersive show uses the latest visual effects invites visitors to an audience with Queen Victoria (played by Cally Lawrence), along with her faithful subjects Sir John Wolfe-Barry (played by Sebastian Abineri), the Victorian civil engineer who designed Tower Bridge, and its architect Sir Horace Jones Robert Benfield), to learn about the story of Tower Bridge.

The high level walkways gained a glass floor in November 2014, meaning visitors can look straight down to to road and waters 42 metres below. Each of the six glass panels is 11 metres long and weighs more than 500kg. Try not to think about that as you're walking across them.

Venue name: Tower Bridge
Address: Tower Bridge

Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm (Apr-Sep), 9.30am-5.30pm (Oct-Mar); last adm 30mins before closing
Transport: Tube: Tower Hill/London Bridge
Price: £8, £5.60 students & seniors, £3.40 children (5-15), under-fives free
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Kritt N

Tower Bridge itself is an amazing feat of Victorian engineering and the sheer scale of it will leave you amazed. It's well worth a visit if you're in town.

For the exhibition though, at £9 for an adult ticket, the price is a little steep and apart from the great view once up, there isn't really much else to see. The most thrilling part is the chance to step on the glass floor and peer down below. The exhibition is informative and the walls are scattered with information about iconic bridges around the world, how they operate and the different type of bridges.

Once back at ground level, your ticket also allows you entrance to the Victorian Engine room a few minutes walk away. It's easy to find and delves further into the various mechanics that works together to life the famous bridge.

From an engineering perspective, it's fascinating and well worth a look. But personally, I think marveling at this amazing bridge from ground level is good enough.

tiago a

Went to the Tower Bridge over the weekend and was amazingly surprised with the Glass floor. It was scary at first (I have a bit or vertigo) but really enjoyable.

I would definitely recommend it. 


Tower Bridge (and Big Ben) is definitely the most iconic place all over London. Walk over it and enjoy stunning views of Thames & London. If you are lucky, you may even catch the time that opens and see it fully opened ! There is also the Tower Bridge exhibition allowing you access to the upper part of the bridge (with tickets of course). The exhibition itself is not something special (quite small with some historical info about the bridge), but the fun here is a small part of the bridge, which recently opened to public, having a glass floor. It isn't so scary as you'd expect! Go for it and enjoy the cars passing just below your feet!


My parents got tickets to the Tower Bridge Exhibition as part of their London trip, although I am scared of heights I thought it was a good opportunity to learn more about this beautiful structure.

To put it in a nutshell - I have really enjoyed the trip, although I avoided the glass floor (I snapped a picture, but didn't look until I was safely on the ground again). I would recommend it not only to tourists, but also to everybody living here - as for me it goes beyond the usual touristy sights.