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December 1st, 2017 / / No Comments »

Budget London; Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge remains one of the symbolic images of London and has been a working bridge over the River Thames since 1894.  Explore Tower Bridge from within by walking across the high level walkways that are part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.  Follow our guide to Tower Bridge below including cheap ticket options & top tips to make the most of your visit.

1. The London Pass; included within the sightseeing pass you can gain entry to the Tower Bridge Exhibition plus 80+ top attractions & tours in London including fastrack options for popular settings such as the Tower of London. More information available at The London Pass – 80 attractions & tours.

 

Tower Bridge by City Hall

Tower Bridge, (photo Phil Loach)

 

Tower Bridge Exhibition; Cheap Tickets

Explore Tower Bridge from within by walking across the high level walkways, some 42 metres above the River Thames.  The Tower Bridge Exhibition also includes the engine rooms where you can see the original lifting machinery in all its glory.  We’ve put together a few ideas to help you pick up cheap tickets below;

2. Online Tickets; pick up discounted tickets from 365tickets that offers substantial savings off standard price tickets.

3. Combined Entry Tickets; enjoy discounted entry to both The Monument & the Tower Bridge Exhibition in this combined entry ticket.

4. 2 for 1 Voucher; travel by train and pick up a 2 for 1 voucher for the Tower Bridge Exhibition that is available during off peak times.

5. River Thames on a Budget; there are plenty of alternative ways to explore the River Thames on budget including the commuter ferry & Thames cable cars.

 

tower bridge in London on the River Thames

Tower Bridge on the River Thames, (photo; Phil Loach)

 

Tower Bridge Exhibition; Tips & Tricks

1. Time your visit to coincide with the Tower Bridge lifting times & stand directly above on the glass floor walkway as the lower bridge opens & closes.  More information on lifting times can been found below.

2. Whilst both walkways have a glass floor area, during off peak times it is only the glass on the east walkway that is available to the public.

3. Whether you visit during off-peak or peak times, it is still worth visiting the west walkway where you can find the better views of London along the Thames.

4. On busier days, you can avoid the crowds by starting with the Engine Rooms and then moving onto the bridge walkways, (tickets are available at the Tower Bridge shop located next to the Engine Rooms).

5. Why not combine a trip to the Tower Bridge Exhibition with a budget trip along the River Thames to extend your trip.

 

glass floor within the Tower Bridge Exhibition

Trying lying on top the glass floor within the Tower Bridge Exhibition

 

More Top Tips for the Tower Bridge Exhibition

6. The recent installation of the glass flooring along the high-level walkways has proved popular with visitors & offers you the chance to stand 42 metres above the Thames to watch the world go by below your feet.  Whilst the glass flooring is only available on a proportion of each walkway, (rather than the full length of the bridge), it is perfect for selfies whether you opt to stand, sit or lie on the glass panelling.

7. You can pick up a discounted joint ticket that takes in both the Tower Bridge Exhibition & The Monument.  Both attractions offer unique perspectives over London & provide interactive experiences that go down particularly well with younger visitors.

8. Worth taking the walk along to the old Engine Rooms for a greater understanding of the workings behind the bridge.  Whilst the engine rooms no longer power the bridge, it is interesting to see the scientific breakthroughs of the time that led to the building of the bridge over 120 years ago.

Tower Bridge; Lifting Times

You can see Tower Bridge in operation as the lower bridge opens & closes to allow for the safe passageway through for larger shipping vessels that is a sight to behold & costs you nothing! Tower Bridge lifting times vary so worth planning this into your itinerary to avoid disappointment.  Find yourself a good position along the river bank & to enjoy the lifting of the bridge that  takes around 10 minutes start to finish.

For other ideas on a budget, check out our alternative London attractions that offers you money saving ideas for a visit to the city.

 

walking across Tower Bridge in London

Walking Across Tower Bridge, (photo; Phil Loach)

 

Alternative Views of Tower Bridge

1. For a budget boat trip along the Thames, why not do as the locals do & take the commuter ferry that offers you a trip down the Thames and takes you directly under Tower Bridge.

2. Take a river-side stroll along the banks of the River Thames. This particularly works well if you time your walk to coincide with the lifting of the lower bridge on Tower Bridge.

3. For an aerial view of Tower Bridge why not enjoy a flight on the London Eye or a trip up The Shard.

 

Tower Bridge at Night

Tower Bridge at Night, (photo; Phil Loach)

 

 

By Liz Walsh

 

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