Meet Bella, the Tower Bridge Cat

Bella is Tower Bridge’s fictional cat who goes on adventures inside the Bridge. She lives in the Bridge and belongs to the Bridge Master.

Front cover of the Tower Bridge Cat

In this 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?

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

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 on site. The twin 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 book

The book is available to purchase from the Tower Bridge shop onsite 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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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