Visit Tower Bridge's new Glass Walkway, one of London's most unique experiences, and learn about the Victorian steam bascules
London Tower Bridge is one of the most impressive structures and sites in the capital and has stood over the River Thames since 1894. As well as being one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, it is one of the most visited attractions in London and continues to be a working bridge to this day.
The Tower Bridge Exhibition lets you discover the history of the Bridge and how it was built, through interactive displays and videos about the landmark its place in the history of the River Thames.
Please note: Tower Bridge Road is closed to vehicles from 1 October - 30 December due to essential maintenance works. It is advisable to allow extra time to reach the Ticket Office during this period.
- Glass Floor walkway for a unique experience of the bridge
- Spectacular panoramic views over the river
- The “bascule” bridges (which mean see-saw in French) are lifted to this day on a schedule to allow boats and barges to pass
- Tower Bridge Exhibition explores the Bridge’s history and development through time as a fully functioning bridge and offers a high-level walkway across the two towers
Did you know:
- When London Bridge was built it was originally the only crossing over the Thames
- Over 50 designs were submitted to be considered for the winning design
- The build of the bridge took 8 years to build with 432 construction workers
- Before 1977 the bridge was brown until it was painted red, white and blue to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee
- A London bus driver once had to jump between the two raising ‘bascules’ when his number 78 bus was caught on the bridge as it rose
The Tower Bridge Exhibition has just launched it's most significant development since 1982 - the glass walkway. Housed in the West Walkway, visitors can admire Tower Bridge from a unique perspective and look down on passing boats and pedestrians underfoot and even catch the bascules rising if you time it right. From 42m above the river, the glass walkway is a must-see - if you need any more convincing, the glass is made up of five thick layers and can hold the equivalent weight of an elephant and two taxis. So you're pretty safe!
Victorian Engine Rooms
The Victorian Engine Rooms hold the coal driven steam engines that were once used to power the bridges. Interactive information panels help visitors discover the development of technology used over the years to keep the bridge in motion, complete with sounds and smells that take you back through time. You can also experience a virtual Bridge lift illustrating how the bascules are raised.
Experience the breath-taking views from the high-level walkway, East Walkway, and observe the wealth of museums and historic buildings that surround the Thames, including HMS Belfast and the Tower Of London. The East Walkway also houses the exhibition ‘Great Bridges of the World’ showcasing over 20 bridges of inspiring engineering
How to get there:
- Tower Hill underground (district and circle lines)
- Tower Gateway (DLR)
- London Bridge underground (northern and jubilee, national rail network)
- Tower Bridge is situated in zone 1 of the London Transport Network so your travel will be included in your package if you opt for The London Pass with Oyster Travelcard
Make the most of your London Pass:
- Save £9 on entry and enjoy breath-taking views over London for free
- Tower Bridge is close to one of London’s most unusual restaurants, the Medieval Banquet, where you can enjoy a four-course banquet and a show of festive pageantry – London Pass holders get 15% off
All London Pass holders receive a 10% discount at the Tower Bridge gift shop when showing their pass.
Full List Of Attractions Included
"The London Pass along with the travel pass gave me the freedom to see everything I wanted to see when I was in London. The travel was exceptionally easy and the fact that everything was prepaid allowed me to be worry free about having enough money set back for admissions and travel. I would recommend the use of the London Pass to anyone travelling to London. I will certainly use it on my next trip!"
Debra from Texas, USA
|April to September|
|Monday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Tuesday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Wednesday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Thursday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Friday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Saturday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Sunday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Last Admission: 17.30|
|October to March|
|Monday||09.30 - 17.30|
|Tuesday||09.30 - 17.30|
|Wednesday||09.30 - 17.30|
|Thursday||09.30 - 17.30|
|Friday||09.30 - 17.30|
|Saturday||09.30 - 17.30|
|Sunday||09.30 - 17.30|
|Last Admission: 17.00|
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The Tower Bridge Exhibition London SE1 2UP
020 7403 3761