Discover the marvellous high-level Walkways of Tower Bridge. 

Spanning the North and South Towers, the Walkways offer breath-taking panoramic views of London from 42 metres above the River Thames.

Top tip: Don't forget to visit both East and West Walkways to read all about the history and building of Tower Bridge.

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Tower Bridge Walkaways

Quick Walkway Facts

  • The Walkways were designed by architect Sir Horace Jones and civil engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry.
  • They stand 42 metres above the River Thames.
  • They stretch 61 metres between the two towers of the Bridge.
  • They were closed to the public in 1910 and reopened in 1982.
  • The Walkways now house information about the history of the Bridge as well as two Glass Floors which look down to the road level and river below.
Views of the West Walkway at Tower Bridge

What can you see?

Glass Floors

Glass Floors were installed in each Walkway in 2014, offering a unique view of the Bridge and River Thames below.


The East Walkway offers stunning views of the Docklands, Canary Wharf and Greenwich while the West Walkway showcases sights of the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard and the City.

History of the Bridge

The Walkways are packed full of interesting information about the history and construction of the Bridge itself as well as the people who worked there.

Spiderman swinging from Tower Bridge

Marvellous moments

  • Several people have flown planes underneath them, Frank McClean was first in 1912.
  • In 2012, the Olympic Rings and Paralympic Agitos were hung from to celebrate the Games coming to London.
  • They feature in in many blockbuster films including Spiderman: Far From Home, Paddington 2 and Sherlock Holmes.

History of the Walkways

Building work on the Bridge started in 1866 and by 1892 the Walkways were approaching completion.

The Walkways provided a platform for pedestrians to cross the Bridge during Bridge Lifts when the bascules were raised. They also house the suspension cable that supports the full length of Tower Bridge.

An exceptional piece of engineering, the cantilevered steel beams extend across the gap between the two towers. A cantilever is a rigid structural element that extends horizontally and is supported at only one end – which you can see in this archive photo of the Bridge during construction, where the Walkways are being build out from either side to meet in the middle, without scaffolding.

Tower Bridge Walkways being built

The Walkways were used from when the Bridge opened to the public in 1894 to 1910, when they were closed due to lack of use. People arriving on the Bridge preferred to wait at street level for the Bridge to close rather than heading up the many stairs to cross the Bridge.

The Walkways opened again, however, in 1982 as part of the new visitor attraction, where visitors could once again enter the walkways to see the amazing panoramic views from the top.

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What our visitors say

I loved the detail about the history of Tower Bridge and the people that worked here. It was extremely interesting to see how the technology has changed over time. And you have stunning views from the Walkways. 

July 2023

Great visit especially for my husband who loves engineering. The Walkways were fascinating too and a mix of fear and interest watching people below on the Bridge.

May 2023

Fantastic. Very interested in the personal stories and my family loved the Walkways and Glass Floors. 

May 2022
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