Step inside the most famous bridge in the world...
Tower Bridge Exhibition is the most exciting way to explore the most famous bridge in the world. From the modern high-level Walkways and its spectacular new glass floor to the historic Engine Rooms and towers; Tower Bridge Exhibition tells the history of the bridge explaining how and why it came into existence.
By way of our grand Victorian staircase or fully accessible lift, visitors are invited to travel back in time to the nineteenth century. From the North tower, explore the fascinating history of Tower Bridge: its significance and its function; its place in history and in the heart of the nation.
Moving through to the high-level Walkways, visitors will be able to experience our biggest and most exciting development to the Exhibition since it originally opened: the Glass Floor – a unique viewpoint of London life. Make sure to plan your visit for the chance to see the magic of the bridge lifting beneath your feet!
Rather not look down? Visitors can admire stunning panoramic views from the Walkways, spying popular London landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral and the Monument to the west and St Katharine Docks leading to Canary Wharf to the east. Marvel at the 40 bridges featured in our 'Great Bridges of the World' refreshed display, each of which represents a breathtaking feat of engineering.
A short bespoke video shown by artist, Stephen Biesty, depicting the construction of the Bridge can be enjoyed in the South Tower before wandering down the beautiful staircase, complemented by ‘Battersea to Bermondsey’, LED-lit motion sensitive artworks showing iconic buildings along the Thames.
The experience culminates in a visit to the Victorian Engine Rooms, which houses one of London’s true hidden gems: huge and beautifully maintained steam engines, furnaces and accumulators that were once used to power the raising of Tower Bridge’s ‘bascules’ – the moveable roadways at the bridge’s centre. Exciting hands-on mechanisms and information panels will explain the ingenious hydraulic technology used over the years to keep the bridge in motion.
Visitors are advised to allow additional time for validating their online booking, security checks and lift access up to the Walkways. Entry into the Walkways cannot be guaranteed for a specific time at peak times or during bridge lifts.