This must see London attraction invites you to step inside the most famous bridge in the world to explore its iconic structure, spectacular views and glass floor, modern exhibitions and magnificent Victorian Engine Rooms!
Experience the new glass floor and stunning London views from the high-level walkways and continue to the Victorian Engine Rooms to learn about the inner workings of the most famous bridge in the world.
Tower Bridge was built 120 years ago to ease road traffic while maintain river access to the busy Pool of London docks. Built with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships, it is to this day considered an engineering marvel and beyond being one of London’s favourite icons, it is arguably one of the most famous and instantly recognisable structures in the entire world.
Since 1982, Tower Bridge Exhibition has told the history of the bridge and why it came into existence through fascinating exhibition content. Visitors can also experience the exciting new glass floor and spectacular panoramic views from the high level Walkways as well as the Victorian Engine Rooms, which house the beautiful steam engines that once powered the bridge lifts. This must-see attraction is the only way to explore the most famous bridge in the world!
The Monument stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill in the City Of London. It was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the City.
As part of the restoration project, improvements to access include live views (video images) to be relayed from the top made available to all visitors including those unable to climb the 311 steps.
Every year, over 150,000 visitors climb the 311 spiral steps to the Monument’s observation gallery to enjoy the unique and exhilarating 360 degree views of the capital. Those who successfully reach the top are even rewarded with a certificate.
In 2010, the City of London completed a major restoration of the landmark, costing £4.5 million, and which is undertaken only once in every 100 years. It has had the most dramatic impact yet, with its success being recognised through awards for renovation from both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Institute of British Architects, as well as having won the City Heritage Award.
Tower Bridge is getting ready for a once in a generation event this Autumn
The resurfacing of its bascules and roadways. As part of a major project co-ordinated by the City of London Corporation, these essential maintenance works will see Tower Bridge Road closed to vehicles from 1st October - 30th December. Visitors to Tower Bridge Exhibition, however, will still be able to step inside and enjoy all that the attraction has to offer.
This project will further enhance the visitor experience, offering a unique opportunity to view the conservation works, which take place every 40 years, from high above through our Glass Floor. Lucky customers might even see the bridge suspended in its famous raised position!
Access to the Exhibition will not change significantly and clear signage will be in place to direct visitors. We do, however, advise that visitors allow extra time in crossing the Bridge as the pavements will be busier than usual. For travel advice in getting to Tower Bridge Exhibition during the bascules resurfacing project, please visit the TFL website: www.tfl.gov.uk/tower-bridge-closure.
Whilst Tower Bridge Exhibition will remain open throughout the three month duration of the works, there will be a six week partial closure of the Victorian Engine Rooms and Tower Bridge Gift Shop to enable refurbishment. Steps have been taken to ensure that visitors will continue to enjoy their experience with a temporary gift shop located on level two of the South Tower.
As we are committed to keeping our valued partners advised of progress, please find below the provisional schedule of works*:
• 1st October: Works on Tower Bridge Road commence. Tower Bridge Exhibition will remain fully open.
• 3rd October: (Partial closure) Engine Rooms entrance and Gift Shop refurbishment works to commence.
• 11th November: Engine Rooms entrance and Gift Shop refurbishment works complete and reopened to visitors.
• 30th December: Works on Tower Bridge Road to be completed and roadway to be reopened to vehicles.
*Subject to change.