Relaxed Opening

Experience a quieter and calmer Tower Bridge

Once a month on a Saturday, we host Relaxed Opening for anyone who would like to explore the Bridge in a calm, tranquil atmosphere, including people with autism and any other needs, as well as their siblings, families and carers.

Families are able to explore the Towers, Glass Floor and Engine Rooms and also take part in a family trail if they wish.

To ensure the Bridge is as welcoming as possible, we:

  • Limit the number of people in the Bridge
  • Turn off loud hand-dryers and replace them with disposable hand-towels
  • Turn off loud soundscapes and video
  • Run regular disability awareness sessions with our staff
  • Provide visual story to help you plan your visit, available here.
  • Have Access Toolkits around the Bridge, which contain sensory items to help to assist visitors who may be overwhelmed due to the new environment.

A full list of Access features inside the Tower Bridge can be found on the Access for All page.

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How to book

Upcoming dates: Saturday 14 November and Saturday 19 December.

Time: 10:30, 10:50 and 11:10.

Please note that Tower Bridge will open to the general public again at 11:30 but you are welcome to stay for as long as you like.

For any questions about the event please contact learning@towerbridge.org.uk or 020 7940 8397.

What our visitors say

Everybody was very friendly, ushered us to the front of the queue, did not mind that my son was barefoot (sensory issues with wearing shoes), explained procedures very well, and let us navigate independently.

Lisha
Aug 2020

It's nice to be around other families with children with disabilities- we feel we can relax and enjoy the experience with others who have similar circumstances.

Carey
Jan 2020

The staff couldn't do enough to make sure we were able to access and enjoy the Bridge.

Paul
Sept 2020