Tower Bridge Exhibition review
My review of the Tower Bridge Exhibition and Walkways
Ever wanted to go inside the famous Tower Bridge? Well now you can. I was quite looking forward to this experience. We got off the tube at London Bridge and walked to Tower Bridge along the South Bank of the River Thames. The entrance to the attraction is on the HMS Belfast side of the river.
Upon entrance we were provided with maps and a quick bag search was carried out before we went up in a lift to the left hand side tower. Here we left the lift and sat through a few minutes of video telling us about the tower bridge architects and designers, Sir Horace Jones and Sir John Wolfe Barry.
We then moved on to the first walkway. I thought that the glass walkway extended the whole length of the walkway, but it does not, just a few panes of glass in the middle of the walkway.
Along the walkways are some great views of the River Thames and its surroundings together with facts about Tower Bridge and other famous bridges around the world. There are also more videos to watch about the bridges construction and how Tower Bridge works as you walk around.
When you come to the end of the first walkway and you enter the second tower there is another video on the building of the bridge. Then move onto the second walkway with more views including HMS Belfast and of course another set of glass flooring.
It was amazing how many people walked around the glass flooring and missed it out completely. It was a very weird feeling walking over it, but you soon got used to it and the children loved it which provided lots of photo opportunities for the whole family.
There are toilets on the way out of the second tower if you need them, you then walk down a few flights of stairs until you reach the lower lift which then takes you down to street level. From there you follow the blue line painted on the bridge to the stairs which take you down to the engine room.
The engine room was very interesting and you got to see the inner workings of Tower Bridge. There was also another video to watch about the opening of the bridge, as well as some practical experiments to try out. Then came the gift shop on the way out.
Overall this was a great attraction and good value for money, although I think the glass walkways do make the attraction worthwhile. Children received a passport and could collect 4 sets of stickers on their way around Tower Bridge. The attraction never felt overly busy nor did we feel rushed even on a Saturday afternoon in May, but I would allow 1 hour to 1 hour and a half to see everything.
You can book any Tower Bridge experience below and combine the experience with Thames river cruises and afternoon tea etc.
Tower Bridge Exhibition Experiences in London
1. Visit to the Tower Bridge Exhibition with Lunch and Cocktail at Ping Pong for Two
Check out London's most famous bridge and explore its glass floor, historic rooms and museum, then dine on tasty dim sum dishes at a nearby restaurant with this Visit to the Tower Bridge Exhibition and Lunch with Cocktail at Ping Pong. The Tower Bridge Exhibition was first opened back in the 1980s, and now, more than 30 years later, it's got a glass floor giving you a stomach-dropping view of the bridge and river below, meaning if you're lucky you might even see the bridge's bascules rise to let a ship pass by underneath. There's also a small museum, Victorian Engine Room and a collection of historical pieces spanning (pun) the bridge's 120-year-ish history. Before or after your Tower Bridge Exhibition trip you'll also get to enjoy several tasty dim sum dishes at the nearby Ping Pong St Katherine's Dock, with the likes of vegetable spring rolls, beef and kimchi gyoza and salted caramel mochi all on the menu. Along with your food there's also a cocktail to help wash it down, adding some fruity boozy goodness to a great London day out!
2. Tower Bridge Exhibition and Lunch at dim t for Two
Explore the history of one of the most iconic structures in London with two tickets for the Tower Bridge Exhibition. Witness extraordinary views across the River Thames and the capital from 42 metres up, including a stomach-turning view through the spectacular glass floor on the high-level walkways. The exhibition takes guests on a journey through the history of the bridge, including a visit to the Victorian engine room, which showcases the authentic machinery used that was once used to power the raising of Tower Bridge's 1200 bascules. Once finished, there is time for a delicious two-course lunch with a soft drink, selecting from a mouth-watering set menu of Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Malaysian dishes.
3. Tower Bridge Exhibition and Afternoon Tea for Two
Discover the fascinating history behind one of the world
4. Tower Bridge Exhibition and Dim Sum Dishes with Cocktails for Two at Ping Pong
Step inside the iconic Tower Bridge, and delve right back to the beginning with a visit to the atmospheric Victorian Engine Rooms, which still feature all the original machinery including the authentic coal smell - you