After our trip to the Imperial War Museum (Harry’s choice), it was my turn to pick. I chose the Tower Bridge Exhibit. I had my first sighting of this iconic symbol of London, while taking a Thames cruise during a trip in 2012 on a London Olympics trip. Now I wanted to experience it from the inside.
We walked to an entrance on the bridge and lined up to take the elevator upstairs (you could also walk the stairs if you desire – no line for that).
The exhibit is in the twin towers. Once on top in the first tower, we read of the history of this bridge and others around the world. I was proud to see the Brooklyn Bridge was represented.
From the windows we spot the Sky Garden building (the curved one on the right). We went there the day before – fun times.
The second tower we visited is undoubtedly the crowd pleaser. The clear floor gives courageous visitors unique views. I walk on it bravely (not). Kath, who is also not too keen on heights, snaps this picture – thank you Kath! Pretty cool right? These galleries are totally enclosed. If you have fear of heights like I do, it is not a huge problem. I have to confess I did need to walk on the wood floor surrounding this clear area most of the time.
This little boy was much braver.
Back down the elevator as we walk to the engine room, we admire the Thames and the bridge’s construction. Look at the iron work!
To be honest we (the women) were a little bored by the Victorian engine room but if you are traveling with someone who enjoys machinery (my husband Harry and Kath’s husband Rob, for instance) these rooms will make them very happy.
This equipment used to lift the bridge so that ships could pass. They have a lift schedule but now use hydraulics.
Once outside the engine room, we turn right and discover a quiet, architecturally interesting area with a choice of restaurants.
This attraction is close to Tower of London (another one of my favorites) and would be a nice end to a day of exploring the castle. We spent about an hour or two here.
Tower Bridge is also available for weddings, yoga and other events. Can you imagine getting married on top this beautiful bridge?