What’s Inside Tower Bridge London?
Tower Bridge is a bascule and suspension bridge that was built between 1886 and 1894. While a working bridge, it is also a tourist attraction that draws over 500,000 visitors each year thanks to its Neo-Gothic architecture as well as its location over the River Thames.
There is a lot to see inside Tower Bridge, including the exhibition inside that celebrates its history and the people who have worked behind the scenes, and the iconic views of London.
What is the Tower Bridge?
Tower Bridge is a Grade I listed combined bascule and suspension bridge that was constructed as a crossing over River Thames. Apart from being used by vehicles and pedestrians on a daily basis, the Tower Bridge has come to be popular tourist attraction thanks to its history and architectural grandeur.
What's Inside Tower Bridge?
Since 1982, when the walkways reopened after being closed for almost 72 years, you will find a series of exhibitions, the glass high-level walkways that connect the two towers and the famous Engine Rooms, as part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.
The North Tower of the Tower Bridge is where your tour begins. Here, visitors get to explore the immersive history of the Tower Bridge, from choosing the design, and its construction, and maintenance to the importance of the bridge in shaping in London.
The high-level Glass Floor offers unparalleled views of London life, from 42 meters above the River Thames, and 33.5 meters above road level. If looking down scares you, you can simply enjoy the panoramic views of St Paul's Cathedral, the BT Tower, The Monument and other iconic London attractions instead.
Once you cross the high-level walkway you reach the South Tower of Tower Bridge. Nestled underneath this tower is its main attraction, the Engine Rooms. Apart from the steam engines that once powered the bridge, you will find the 'Lives of a Landmark' exhibition that documents the stories of the people working behind the scenes here.
Today the Engine Rooms of Tower Bridge are simply a gateway into history, but for a long time, it was the beating heart of Tower Bridge. In 1976, Tower Bridge switched from steam power to electricity. However, the original steam engines once powered the Tower Bridge can be viewed in the Engine Rooms.
Take a Look Inside Bascule Chambers
Exhibitions Inside Tower Bridge
The bridge is made up of two towers, The North and South towers. Both are connected by two pathways. The lower one is used by pedestrians and vehicles to cross the Thames. The upper one is the glass walkway and the visitors of Tower Bridge use. During the visit, people will be able to view exhibitions made using different media, like film, photos, and interactive displays to explain the history of the bridge and how it was built.
View the original Victorian steam engines, coal-fired boilers, drivetrains, and accumulators but also learn how they work with the help of interactive displays and information panels.
The Bridge Lift
Watching the Tower Bridge lift is an experience in itself. The Tower Bridge opens its bascules about 800 times a year on average. Watch the video to catch the behind-the-scenes action of how the Tower Bridge lifts.