Tower Bridge Unveils New GLASS FLOOR Across High-Level Walkways
Long-anticipated Feature is World-First for Visitors
We are thrilled to unveil our brand new and spectacular glass floor across the Bridge’s high-level Walkways – the most significant development to the Exhibition since it first opened in 1982.
Launched in the West Walkway today, the glass floor offers visitors a never-seen-before view of London life, from 42 metres above the River Thames. Look down to spy road and pedestrian life whizzing over the Bridge while river vessels sail under it – and plan your visit in advance for the truly magical experience of the bascules being raised beneath your feet.
The glass floor measures 11 metres long by 1.8 metres wide and comprises of six panels weighing 530 kilograms each. It is made up of five thick layers and can hold the equivalent weight of an elephant and two taxis! The installation took a 20-strong team to construct it over a six week period.
The Walkways also offer stunning panoramic views of London while each of the 20 bridges featured in our popular and refreshed 'New Great Bridges of the World' display showcase a breath-taking feat of engineering. After learning about the history of the Bridge through animations and displays in the Towers, continue to the Victorian Engine Rooms for the beautifully maintained steam engines that were once used to power the bridge lifts.
Our new “WOW” factor will enable visitors to enjoy the magic of a bridge lift from a unique viewpoint, 42 metres above the River Thames – and is the most significant change to happen to Tower Bridge Exhibition since it originally opened in the 1980’s.
Explore the most famous bridge in the World. Completed in 1894, Tower Bridge was instantly hailed as a London icon and one of the great engineering marvels of its age. Come inside to explore its history, uncover its secrets and to enjoy stunning views from its high-level Walkways, situated 42 metres above the River Thames.
The Walkways offer fantastic views of many of London's most famous sights, including St Paul’s Cathedral, sky-scraping Canary Wharf, maritime Greenwich and The London Eye. Special viewing windows make photography easy.
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Over 100 years ago, the Victorians built a bridge that has become one of London's most famous landmarks. High level walkways were built to allow people to cross the Thames whilst the Bridge was lifted to let tall ships sail past - Tower Bridge
Today these Walkways act as viewing galleries, giving visitors the most spectacular views across an ever changing London skyline.
Walkways & Exhibition:
Visitors enter Tower Bridge Exhibition via the North Tower. They are then transported by lift to the top of the Tower (47 metres above the Thames) where they have a unique opportunity to see the Bridge’s steel skeleton from within. A short film explains the history and provenance of the Bridge and then there is the chance to admire the spectacular views – from both covered Walkways.
Together with far-reaching views of East London, the walkway will be bolstered with a further 20 revered bridges in the extended popular display, ‘Great Bridges of the World’.
On the east Walkway there are fantastic views of the Docklands and from the west Walkway you can see the new GLA building, the Tower of London, St Paul’s, the city, the Pool of London and Big Ben and the London Eye in the distance.
Interactive computerised kiosks and graphic panels explain the significance of the views to visitors, as well as providing more information on the history and building of the Bridge. The interactive material and graphic panels are written in seven languages and an audio loop for the hard of hearing is also in place for the video show. There is another film to view in the South Tower before descending for the short walk to the historical Engine Rooms, included in your ticket price.
Victorian Engine Rooms:
These provide a fascinating insight into late 19th century engineering. Installed for the completion of Tower Bridge in 1894, these huge, and beautifully maintained, coal-driven engines were used to power the thousands of bascule Bridge lifts performed until 1976. Although lifts are now operated by electricity, the original steam engines are still in place. The Engine Rooms give visitors a chance to experiment with models demonstrating the technology behind the Bridge. There are also some amazing photographs of Tower BridgeTthroughout its lifetime – including a revealing picture of the heavy steel structure of the Bridge as the stone cladding was installed over it.
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Dates & Times
Tower Bridge Opening Times:
Apr - Sep:
10.00 - 18.30 (last entry 17.30)
Oct - Mar:
09.30 - 18.00 (last entry 17.00)
12.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.00)
24 - 26 Dec:
Engine Rooms and Gift Shop to Undergo Six Week Closure
Tower Bridge is getting ready for a once in a generation event this Autumn: the resurfacing of its bascules and roadways. As part of a major project co-ordinated by the City of London Corporation, these essential maintenance works will see Tower Bridge Road closed to vehicles from 1st October - 30th December. Visitors to Tower Bridge Exhibition, however, will still be able to step inside and enjoy all that the attraction has to offer.
This project will further enhance the visitor experience, offering a unique opportunity to view the conservation works, which take place every 40 years, from high above through our Glass Floor. Lucky customers might even see the bridge suspended in its famous raised position!
Access to the Exhibition will not change significantly and clear signage will be in place to direct visitors. We do, however, advise that visitors allow extra time in crossing the Bridge as the pavements will be busier than usual. For travel advice in getting to Tower Bridge Exhibition during the bascules resurfacing project, please visit the TFL website: www.tfl.gov.uk/tower-bridge-closure
Whilst Tower Bridge Exhibition will remain open throughout the three month duration of the works, there will be a six week partial closure of the Victorian Engine Rooms and Tower Bridge Gift Shop to enable refurbishment. Steps have been taken to ensure that visitors will continue to enjoy their experience with a temporary gift shop located on level two of the South Tower.
- 1 st October: Works on Tower Bridge Road commence. Tower Bridge Exhibition will remain fully open.
- 3 rd October: (Partial closure) Engine Rooms entrance and Gift Shop refurbishment works to commence.
- 11 th November: Engine Rooms entrance and Gift Shop refurbishment works complete and reopened to visitors.
- 30th December: Works on Tower Bridge Road to be completed and roadway to be reopened to vehicles.
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