Tower Bridge glass walkway
I’ve spent a lot of time in London, I even lived there for 8 years, but until a recent trip ‘home’ I’d never visited Tower Bridge and so on a whim I decided to do the ‘touristy thing’. I knew there would be a good view from the top but hadn’t heard of the ‘new’ attraction .. a glass floor walkway.
The iconic structure was built over 125 years ago and the Victorian engine rooms that were originally used are still present but the operation is now done using oil and electricity to raise the bridge around 850 times a year as the ships pass from the Upper pool to down river.
The upper walkway was re-opened in 1982 affording great views up and down the Thames and a continuous flow of foot traffic even if the lower roadway is raised. Recent additions include a glass-floor walkway (shown in the video) which allows a clear view down to the roadway and water, 138ft (or 42 metres) below.
I have to admit it took a deep breath and plenty of self-coaching for me to walk across the glass (that’s my feet you can see in the video) and I definitely felt relief when I reached the far end, but also a feeling of accomplishment! The Tower Bridge exhibit with it’s Victorian machinery and architecture, great views of the surrounding area (including the Tower of London nearby) and glass walkway cost £9.80 at the time of my visit. If you time it right, you can even see the bridge raised, check online for the latest schedule.