Self-guided school visits

We are delighted to be able to welcome self-guided school visits at Tower Bridge this autumn.  

Across the attraction, we have worked hard to create a Covid-19 secure visit, from enhanced cleaning routines and PPE, to the introduction of timed-ticketing and social distancing measures.

Your self-guided visit can be booked through contacting our Bookings team on bookings@towerbridge.org.uk, though we highly recommend contacting our Learning team first on learning@towerbridge.org.uk, to discuss how we can support your pupils' learning: whether through the use of our newly-produced online resources, or virtual workshops and Q&A sessions - all of which are available free of charge.  

Visit resources

We have fun, engaging and easy-to-use resources to support your self-guided visit. Whether onsite or pre- or post-visit, these specially-designed resources will help you and your pupils to delve deeper into the learning opportunities a trip to Tower Bridge offers.

 

Digital resources

These newly-developed digital resources provide an engaging and fun exploration of the how, who and why of Tower Bridge.  

Through a rich mix of films, activities and worksheets, pupils will uncover the story of Tower Bridge, whilst applying their historical enquiry, problem-solving, teamwork, creativity and literacy skills.

 

Self-guided visit resources

Including background historical information and engineering secrets for teachers, 'must see' tips and activities, these resources for use during your trip will help Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils to focus and engage with the stories and science of the Bridge.

 

Pre- and post-visit activities

Containing ideas and activities for your class pre- and post-visit, these resources will help to embed your pupils' learning. Download activities PDF.

  

Frequently Asked Questions

How to book

Bookings can be made by emailing bookings@towerbridge.org.uk 

To discuss your visit with our Learning team, email learning@towerbridge.org.uk.  Let us know the reason for your visit, e.g. your topic or curriculum-focus, and the age of your class, and we can advise of the options we have to support your teaching. 

Group size and ratios

We have introduced timed-ticketing, with entry slots every 20 minutes.  

In order to facilitate a safe and comfortable visit for all, a class of 30 will need to book across two entry slots, e.g. part of the class will enter at 10.30, and part of the class will enter at 10.50.  

We require an adult:child ratio of 1:10 for Key Stage 2 classes.  Therefore, for a class of 30, you may prefer to book for 10 children plus adult to enter in one time slot, and for 20 children plus 2 adults to book in another.  

We provide one complimentary ticket per ten pupils.  

Bags

Please be aware that we only accept bags of 40cm x 20cm x 25cm at Tower Bridge.

All bags are subject to searches by our trained Security team.  Staff will wear disposable gloves and sanitise them following each search.  

We do not have cloakroom facilities at Tower Bridge.

Lunch rooms

There are no dedicated lunch spaces at Tower Bridge. 

If the weather is fine, you may enjoy picnicking on nearby Potters Field, or you may prefer the cover provided in Hay's Galleria, both of which are located a short walk away from the Bridge, on the south bank.

Complement your visit with an online workshop

We have developed a range of virtual workshops for Key Stage 1 and 2, which can be delivered online via your preferred method, free of charge.

Embracing the opportunities which digital delivery offers, these workshops are the perfect accompaniment to your self-guided visit, whether in preparation or consolidation. 

We can also offer virtual Q&As for your class, either live, or pre-recorded.  

Explore the workshops below.

Raise Tower Bridge with Scratch!

This workshop puts Key Stage 2 pupils in control of raising our famous roadway, sharpening their coding skills as they do so.

The Victorian Engine Rooms Challenge

Perfect for Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2, this workshop follows the attempts of the hapless Arthur to fix Tower Bridge so that it can avoid disaster and open in time for the approaching ship. Can your pupils help Arthur to fix the Bridge?

Rosie Revere, Engineer!

We can support your delivery of this specially-developed Literacy learning sequence for Key Stage 1, through virtual Q&As with your pupils, and resources for your self-guided visit.