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What to expect

  • Explore the interior of the iconic Tower Bridge and see the Victorian Engine Rooms and the breathtaking high-level glass floor walkways.
  • Discover the history behind the engineering and the architecture of this world-famous structure.
  • See some of the original designs of Tower Bridge, which are on display at the exhibition.
  • Catch a glimpse of the famous bascule bridge rising from the high-level walkways when ships pass by.

One of London's most iconic symbols, Tower Bridge has a rich and unique history. Built for the purpose of easing road traffic, the 800ft bridge is crossed by almost 40,000 people every day. Make your way inside the bascule and suspension bridge and unearth the stories behind the engineering, architecture and construction methods that built London’s oldest river crossing and observe how it’s used today.

Are you looking for great exhibitions in London? The Tower Bridge Exhibition will help bring the bridge’s history to life. Take a look at the photos, interactive displays and films, which explain how and why Tower Bridge was built. Delve into the magnificent Victorian Engine Rooms, which were once the beating heart of the iconic bridge. They feature the bridge’s original steam engines, accumulators and coal burners that once powered the bascules to rise up. Learn about the people who kept Tower Bridge in motion.

A panoramic view of the City of London with Tower Bridge as the central focus.

Adventurous daredevils and thrill-seeking teens will love walking the Tower Bridge glass floor in the high-level walkway. And if you’d rather not look down, enjoy some of the capital’s best panoramic views of London, from over 40 metres above the River Thames. Can you spot St. Paul’s, Big Ben, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace in the distance?

Whilst you're in the area, it’s really worth visiting the Tower of London, the medieval castle housing the world-famous Crown Jewels, and the Monument, the stone column, built between 1671 and 1677 to remember the Great Fire of London.

What to know before you go

  • Tower Bridge opening times are 10.30am until 7pm. It’s closed from 24 December until 26 December.
  • The exhibition lasts up to one hour.
  • Please allow additional time for security checks on arrival and lift access to the walkways. Entry to the walkways can’t always be guaranteed at specific times during peak periods or during bridge lifts.
  • Bring your camera along as you can take as many pictures as you want on the bridge and in the Engine Rooms. The walkway even has special windows that open, so your pictures won’t have glass in front of the camera lens.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for climbing the tower.
  • The venue is fully accessible for all visitors and there are also wheelchairs available to use. It’s also possible to take your buggy to all areas. Tower Bridge has lifts to all levels in the towers and walkways.
  • Accessible toilets are available in the Engine Rooms and South Tower.
  • There are baby-changing facilities in the accessible toilet in the Engine Rooms and the South Tower.
  • There are no on-site eateries at Tower Bridge but there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat in the vicinity. Vapiano, Bill’s Clink Street restaurant and Pizza Express are all family friendly and have high chairs, baby-changing facilities and children’s menus.

Getting there

  • The Exhibition entrance is at SE1 2UP, at the south end of the bridge.
  • The nearest Tube station is Tower Hill (District and Circle lines) and has step-free access to street level. It’s just a seven-minute walk away.
  • If you are arriving by train, London Bridge, Tower Gateway DLR and Fenchurch Street stations are all within a 13-minute walk.
  • Bus routes that stop at Tower Bridge are the 15, 42, 78, 100 and 343.
  • By riverboat, St Katherine Pier and Tower Pier are a short walk away on the north bank and London Bridge Pier is a short distance away on the south bank.
  • Tower Hill Coach and Car Park is the closest car park to Tower Bridge. It’s situated at 50 Lower Thames Street.

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