Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge in London has stood over the River Thames since 1894 and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.

The London Pass View the city of London and the Thames from 42 metres above ground level from Tower Bridge's iconic glass floors. Normally £9.80 - Included with London Pass

Now celebrating 125 years as a working bridge, Tower Bridge offers numerous exhibitions detailing the bridge’s development throughout the years, a range of family-friendly experiences, as well as a unique viewing experience of the bridge and Thames River from its iconic glass floors.

Enjoy access to Tower Bridge with the London Pass®

- Pay nothing at the door - simply show your pass.
- Stand over the Tower Bridge Glass Floor and view the bridge and passers-by below.
- Panoramic views over the River Thames and across London. 

Pass Perks

- London Pass® holders can benefit from ‘Skip the ticket Line’ access and dedicated priority queueing lanes.
- Additionally, pass holders receive a 10% discount at the Tower Bridge gift shop when showing their pass.



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- About Tower Bridge

- Tower Bridge highlights

- Tower Bridge facts

- Don’t miss

- Know before you go

- Getting in

- Make the most of your London Pass

- How to get there



About Tower Bridge

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 remains a working bridge to this day.

This fascinating exhibition delves into significant moments in Tower Bridge history and how it was built, through interactive displays and videos about its impact on the River Thames. Visitors will also fall in love with the Tower Bridge Glass Floors that line the structure’s two walkways, which provide a fascinating view of the Thames, London skyline and cars passing by down below. 

Visit Tower Bridge’s Glass Floor, one of London’s most unique experiences, and learn about the engineering, the people, the architecture and the city that built Tower Bridge.

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Tower Bridge highlights 

  • View the Tower Bridge Glass Floor, a truly unique experience for those unafraid of heights.

  • Experience spectacular panoramic views over the River Thames.

  • The “bascules” (which means see-saw in French) are lifted to this day on a schedule to allow boats and barges to pass.

  • Explore an exhibition of Tower Bridge’s history, detailing its development through time as a fully functioning bridge.

  • Experience a high-level walkway between the two towers.

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Tower Bridge facts

  • Over 50 design concepts were submitted, but the winning design was drawn up by Horace Jones and George D. Stevenson.

  • The build of the Bridge took eight years and involved 432 construction workers.

  • Before 1977, the Bridge was brown until it was painted red, white and blue to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, a significant moment in Tower Bridge history.

  • A London bus driver once had to jump between the two rising ‘bascules’ when his number 78 bus was caught on the bridge as it rose.

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Don’t miss

Glass Floors
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 Floor is a must-see - if you need any more convincing, the Glass Floor 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
Set amongst the original steam engines, coal burners and accumulators that once powered the raising of Tower Bridge, uncover the fascinating histories of cooks, coal stokers and engineers. Immerse yourself in this atmospheric space, where exciting interactives, newly commissioned films and never before displayed photographs will explore and explain the role of this dynamic workplace at the heart of Tower Bridge. 

East Walkway
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.

Family Trail
For those travelling with children, it’s worth downloading the Tower Bridge Family Trail app before you embark on your adventure. It’s full of interactive activities for the entire family to add another dimension to your Tower Bridge visit, slipping in significant moments of Tower Bridge history amongst origami boat folding lessons and a panoramic map of the London skyline.

125th Anniversary Celebration Events

Tower Bridge Talks
September – December 2019
As part of the 125th-anniversary celebrations, discover a new side of Tower Bridge with a series of one-off evening talks inside London’s defining landmark. No booking necessary, but be sure to check the official attraction page for talk times before your visit.

Tower Bridge – 125 Years of London’s Most defining landmark
29 November – 1 December 2019
Guildhall School of Music & Drama returns for an unmissable site-specific video projection and sound installation inside Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber, London’s greatest hidden space. Discover an audio-visual narrative inspired by the hidden stories, oral histories and iconic moments from the Bridge’s 125 years at the heart of London. For more information, visit the Bascule Chamber events page.

Tower Bridge - A History in Pictures
Until Spring 2020
A new photographic exhibition in Tower Bridge’s high-level walkways, showcasing rare archival images and new photography taken from the official 125th-anniversary book, illustrating this best-loved landmark.

Time Bascule
February – March 2020
Tower Bridge have commissioned an internationally acclaimed artist, inventor, and filmmaker Di Mainstone, to write and direct a unique film that will celebrate the iconic bridge’s 125th anniversary. The film will re-imagine the Bridge as a giant musical instrument and draw inspiration from one of the first women to work on the Bridge - Hannah Griggs, a cook for the Bridge Master and his family between 1911 and 1915. In a remarkable twist, the film will feature some of Hannah’s descendants.

For more information, please visit the official attraction page here. 

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Know before you go

  • Tower lifts intermittently throughout the day, be sure to check the official attraction site for bridge lift times.

  • Tower Bridge is closed 24 - 26 December and open from 10:00 on 1 January.

  • An adult must accompany children aged 15 years or under.

  • On the third Saturday of every month, Tower Bridge opens at the later time of 10:00 to facilitate Autism Friendly Early Opening sessions.

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Getting in

  • Present your London Pass at the main entrance. London Pass® holders can use the designated Priority Lane.

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Make the most of your London Pass

- 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.

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How to get there

Underground
- Tower Hill - district and circle lines
- Tower Gateway - DLR
- London Bridge underground - northern and jubilee, 

Train
- London Bridge - 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. 

 

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Getting to Tower Bridge

Getting to Tower Bridge

  • Tower Bridge London SE1 2UP
  • Closest Underground Station Tower Hill
  • Closest Bus Stop Stop P: Route 42 78 RV1
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Stops Tower Hill - Red Route - Stop 16

Opening Times

Monday 09.30 - 18.00
Tuesday 09.30 - 18.00
Wednesday 09.30 - 18.00
Thursday 09.30 - 18.00
Friday 09.30 - 18.00
Saturday 09.30 - 18.00
Sunday 09.30 - 18.00
Last Admission: 17.00

Closed:

Please check our Closure & Notices page for changings in opening hours and closure dates.

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