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Tower Bridge Exhibition
Tower Bridge is an iconic London landmark and one of Britain’s best-loved historic sites. Within the Bridge’s iconic structure and magnificent Victorian Engine rooms, the Tower Bridge Exhibition is the best way of exploring the most famous bridge in the world!
What is Tower Bridge Exhibition?
The Tower Bridge Exhibition explains the history of London Tower Bridge and why it came into existence. Tower Bridge was built over 120 years ago, it’s original purpose was to ease road traffic while maintaining river access to London Docks. Visitors can enjoy some spectacular panoramic views of the city of London from the high-level walkways, 42 metres above the River Thames. In the Victorian Engine Rooms, you can also view the steam engines that once powered the bridge lifts. The bridge is raised around 850 times each year.
Tower Bridge is an incredible feat of Victorian engineering.
Glass Floor Walkway
Step onto the glass floor walkway for a never-seen-before view of London life. From 42 metres above the River Thames, you can look down on the vehicles and pedestrians passing below. View the famous red London buses and river boats sailing under the bridge. Measuring 11 metres long and 1.8 metres wide the glass floor comprises of panels weighing 530 kilograms each. See the video tab for a preview of the view through the glass floor.
Victorian Engine Rooms
Located a few minutes walk from the South Tower are the Victorian Engine Rooms. This atmospheric space houses one of London’s true hidden gems. Discover the huge beautifully maintained steam engines, furnaces and accumulators. These are the engines that were once used to power the raising of Tower Bridge’s bascules (the moveable roadways at the bridge’s centre). Exciting hands-on mechanisms, information panels, and a short film will explain the ingenious technology used to keep the bridge in motion for over 120 years.