London's Defining Landmark
Tower Bridge will transport you to Victorian London, telling the story of the city’s defining landmark from the very beginning.
Uncover the history of the world’s most famous bridge, immerse yourself in the architecture and engineering, then watch city life unfold in dramatic panorama from its high-level Walkways and Glass Floors.
Time your visit just right, and you’ll even get to experience the magic of a Bridge Lift beneath your feet.
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 design construction and maintenance; its place in history and in the heart of the nation.
Moving through to the high-level Walkways, visitors will be able to experience the amazing Glass Floor – a unique viewpoint of London life.
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.
Discover the secrets of Tower Bridge’s hidden architecture in a short animation in the South Tower. After which, visitors can take the stairs or the lift back down to ground level. Follow the plaques and in the footsteps of the workers of Tower Bridge from the South Tower to the atmospheric Engine Rooms.
Here, soak in the atmosphere of the working Bridge amongst the spectacular the steam engines, coal burners and accumulators that were once used to power the raising of Tower Bridge’s 1200 bascules. Exciting hands-on mechanisms, new digital interactives, films, and information panels will shine a light on the ingenious hydraulic technology and ordinary workers who kept an icon 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.