Meet Bella, the Tower Bridge Cat

Bella is Tower Bridge’s fictional cat who goes on adventures inside the Bridge, where she lives with the Bridge Master.

The Tower Bridge Cat Trail

The Tower Bridge Cat Trail

Inspired by 'The Tower Bridge Cat' and the characters from the award-winning books, families are encourage to complete our new interactive Trail as they make their way through Tower Bridge.

From Saturday 11 February 2023, for a limited time, find the installations and meet the Bridge Master and his team – Hannah, the Cook, Poppy, the Painter, and Stan, the Stoker, and identical twins Eddie the Engineer and Olly the Oiler – who will all help you to answer key questions about our history and complete many tasks.

Come up inside the attraction, collect and stamp your Apprenticeship Record and become part of Bella’s special Tower Bridge team. Good luck!
 

The Tower Bridge Cat ABC cover

NEW! 'Tower Bridge Cat ABC'

Bella and her friends are back on an ABC adventure. Discover the brand-new daring exploit of the Tower Bridge Cat. Each letter of the book has its own beautiful, colourful illustration to introduce pre-readers and toddlers to the alphabet, plus a fun alliterative sentence that is perfect for reading aloud.

'The Tower Bridge Cat ABC', written by London author Tee Dobinson and illustrated by Steve Cox, features fun storylines set in and around the historic silhouette of Tower Bridge.

Discover 'The Tower Bridge Cat' series

Front cover of the Tower Bridge Cat

'The Tower Bridge Cat'

In the first book in the series, Bella is responsible for ensuring everyone at the Bridge is ready for a party to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. The Queen is travelling up the Thames in the royal barge and they are busy preparing to open Tower Bridge. There are crowds gathering around the Thames. She spots a bus crossing over the Bridge while it was opening. She has to act quickly but can she save the day?

The award-winning children's book is written by Tee Dobinson and illustrated by Steve Cox. It was partly inspired by a historical link with our feline friends.

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The Tower Bridge Cat and the Baby Whale cover

'The Tower Bridge Cat and the Baby Whale'

In the second book, after saving the Queen's birthday, Bella returns for another adventure in 'The Tower Bridge Cat and the Baby Whale'. This time, she has to rescue a baby whale who is stuck under Tower Bridge. It's up Bella to save the day once again. Can she make it?

Written by Tee Dobinson and illustrated by Steve Cox.

The Tower Bridge Cat and the Missing Button - book cover

'The Tower Bridge Cat and the Missing Button'

In the third book in the series, buttons are disappearing all over London, including the shiny silver one that opens and closes Tower Bridge! With the Lord Mayor's Show about to start and the Bridge stuck open, can Bella solve the mystery of the missing button before it's too late?

Written by Tee Dobinson and illustrated by Steve Cox.

The history of cats at Tower Bridge

Did you know that up until the early 1980s, Tower Bridge had several cats living in and around our Engine Rooms? We even had a Cat Manager employed to take care of the cats onsite.

The last pair of cats, one appropriately named Bridget and other called Gladys, named after a vintage Thames barge, had their quarters in the Bridge’s storeroom. Their role at the Bridge was simple, keep the mice away!

Exclusive reading by Tee Dobinson

How to buy the books

The books are available to purchase from the Tower Bridge Shop on-site and online. 

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Spot the cat inside Tower Bridge

Spot the cat when you visit

We do have a cuddly black cat at the Bridge, which regularly gets moved around so we challenge you to spot the cat when visiting.

If you find it, take a photo and share with us #insideTowerBridge 

Family activities

Be inspired by some of our Tower Bridge Cat activities for you to do at home.

The Tower Bridge Times

Download a special cat-themed edition, filled with fun facts and activities for the family.

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Crossword puzzle

Connect the dots

Colouring Sheets

Should Bella be ginger? Or the Bridge painted green? Get creative with these Tower Bridge Cat colouring sheets.

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More activities

Discover all of our Tower Bridge themed activities for you to do at home.

Activities at home