London’s Tower Bridge Exhibition

Over 100 years ago, the Victorians built a bridge that has become one of London’s most famous landmarks.  High level walkways were built to allow people to cross the Thames whilst the bridge was lifted to let tall ships sail past.  Today these walkways act as viewing galleries, giving visitors the most spectacular views across an ever changing London skyline.

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Tour Highlights

  • Tower Bridge, in place since 1894, one of London's most famous iconic landmarks
  • Visit the two towers and high-level walkways
  • Don’t forget to visit the magnificent engine rooms
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Tower Bridge Exhibition

Over 100 years ago, the Victorians built a bridge that has become one of London’s most famous landmarks.  High level walkways were built to allow people to cross the Thames whilst the bridge was lifted to let tall ships sail past.  Today these walkways act as viewing galleries, giving visitors the most spectacular views across an ever changing London skyline.

Completed in 1894, Tower Bridge was instantly hailed as a London icon and one of the great engineering marvels of its age.  Come inside to explore its history, uncover its secrets and to enjoy stunning views from its high-level walkways, situated 42 metres above the River Thames.

The walkways offer fantastic views of many of London’s most famous sights, including St Paul’s Cathedral, sky-scraping Canary Wharf, maritime Greenwich and The London Eye.  Special viewing windows make photography easy.  Victorian Engine Rooms house the original steam engines, awesome machines whose immense power once raised the bascules of the bridge.  A “virtual bridge lift” shows how the bascules still rise today to let ships pass beneath the walkways.

This is London: Tower Bridge New Exhibition Brings Classic Children’s Book to Life

Tower Bridge is delighted to present ‘This is London’, a fabulous, family-friendly exhibition featuring the internationally acclaimed illustrations and playful prose from Miroslav Sasek classic childrens book.  First published in 1959, Sasek charming, childs-eye view of London sights, buildings and people form an affectionate portrait of the city which has enchanted generations of children and adults.

In this special exhibition, Tower Bridge, in partnership with the Sasek Estate and Rizzoli International Publications, bring the world-famous book to life across 29 large-scale displays.  The printed reproductions of Sasek jaunty artwork are complemented by information about London today, allowing these charming and evocative images to be your guide and see how much (or how little) London has changed since the 1950s.  All set against the backdrop of the incredible views of the city from Tower Bridge high-level walkways, a number of famous landmarks featured in the book can also be seen from the exhibition space which ones can you spot.  Look out for St. Paul Cathedral, The Monument and, of course, Tower Bridge itself.  Be inspired by M.Sasek!  There will be colouring sheets provided in the exhibition so can create your own masterpieces.

Important Information

Venue Information

Tower Bridge Exhibition, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP

Nearest Train Station: London Bridge, Fenchurch Street or Tower Gateway DLR
Nearest Underground: Tower Hill or London Bridge

Bus Routes: 15, 42, 78,100, RV1

Opening times

1 April to 30 September: 10:00am – 18:00pm (Last admission 17:30pm)
1 October to 31 March: 09:30am – 17:30pm (Last admission 17:00pm)

Please Note:
Tower Bridge Exhibition will be closed between 24 – 26 December


Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.

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