What is the bridge you’ll definitely want to see while in London? The recognizable Tower Bridge! It was on our “must do list” while visiting London. We had purchased the London Pass so our admission to the Tower Bridge Exhibition was already covered. Because this historic drawbridge is probably the most famous bridge in the world and one of London’s most famous landmarks, we wanted to be sure to see it and go through the Tower Bridge Exhibition.
The Tower Bridge was Showing Off!
As we approached, we saw that the bridge was being raised. It was like the bridge was showing off!! It was interesting to see the roadway split and lift and watch the boat pass through. It took a few minutes for the lower section to be raised while the upper walkways remained in place.
The Tower Bridge Exhibition allows you access to the upper glass walkways and to go in both towers (elevators or stairs) where you learn about the history of the bridge and of the workers who kept the drawbridge in motion. You also get to go into the Victorian Engine Room and see the vintage steam engines that were used prior to 1976 when it was converted to oil and electrical power. It took about 80 workers and technicians to raise the bridge before it was converted!
Will You Walk Across the Glass Walkway?
The glass walkways are definitely the coolest part. They’re covered, so even in rainy weather, like when we visited, you can see the roadway beneath you (or the River Thames if you are lucky enough to be there when the bridge is raised).
I could NOT bring myself to step out on the glass. Just couldn’t do it because of my fear of heights. I did sit on the ‘edge’ and even walked out ‘on the beams’. Yes, I was trying to be brave! I just needed a little more than glass under me to feel secure.
Here’s a link to the official website where you can see a video looking through the glass floor during a lift.
The views of the river and of London’s interesting architecture were also great from the upper walkways.
But really, it’s all about the history of this famous bridge and watching it operate, even today.
The lower walkway is open to the public, so definitely make time to walk out and see the river, even if you don’t have time to explore the towers and walk across the upper walkways.
We enjoyed our visit to London’s famous drawbridge. Let it show off for you too!!