TOWER BRIDGE REOPENS FOR LONDONERS ON 4 JULY
- Tower Bridge, London’s defining landmark reopens on Saturday 4 July. Londoners are invited to come up, look out and discover their local landmark
- To provide reassurance to visitors, Tower Bridge has been certified with the ‘We’re Good To Go’, COVID-19 industry standard, and has created a new guide to help prepare visitors for a safe and enjoyable visit
- Londoners and locals can visit inside the must-see attraction to reconnect with London’s rich history and experience one of the best views of London’s skyline
- Locals residents of Southwark, Tower Hamlets and the City of London can visit from the 4 July, with the benefit of a £1 community ticket
- To book and view the new visitor guidelines, visit: https://www.towerbridge.org.uk/
LONDON 3 July 2020: Tower Bridge is delighted to announce it will reopen its doors to Londoners for the first time in 108 days, from 4 July 2020. Locals and Londoners will have the opportunity to come up, look out and discover their local landmark without the usual queues, to rediscover the rich history of the Bridge and experience the unique viewpoint 42m above the River Thames.
Located perfectly for Londoners wishing to walk or cycle along the Thames, they will now be able to step inside for a moment of calm, discovery and snap one of the best views in the Capital, and share to inspire others using #insideTowerBridge.
The one-way visitor route begins in the North Tower where visitors will discover how the Bridge was built and the story of the famous divers. Next to explore is the West Walkway, looking out at views of London, before stepping onto the iconic Glass Floor, where Londoners can look down onto the tranquillity of the River Thames.
After walking down the South Tower with more learning about the Bridge on display, visitors can follow the blue line commemorating the workers of Tower Bridge. Finally, visitors can soak up the atmosphere in the Victorian Engine Rooms and complete their visit in the gift shop.
Londoners residing in the local community of Southwark, Tower Hamlets and City of London can visit Tower Bridge for only £1 by purchasing a community ticket, an initiative in place for over 2 years, enabling over 4,500 locals and their families to visit to-date.
Chris Earlie, Head of Tower Bridge, said: “Our team can’t wait to welcome Londoners when our doors reopen, to offer an escape from routine, to inspire Londoners, and entertain families with our incredible stories. For the first time, all that Tower Bridge has to offer is exclusively for Londoners, many of whom may have walked over the Bridge daily or viewed from afar and can now step inside.”
The attraction has received Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ Standard, to reassure visitors that they can experience a great British holiday this summer safely, with clear processes in place that adhere to Government and public health guidance.
In addition to the one-way visitor route, Tower Bridge has installed a raft of new measures to ensure visitor safety, published on the Tower Bridge website and also available as a downloadable PDF to help visitors plan their visit.
The guidance includes:
- Opening hours, with extended hours from Monday 20 July to support staggered visitor flow (10:30-19:00)
- Details on the one-way route
- Pre-booking information
- Safety measures on arrival, including protected search and screening
- Social distancing within the Bridge
- Hygiene and disinfection
- Use of toilet facilities
How to visit
To visit now, simply turn up from 4 July – with standard tickets from £10.60 for adults and £5.30 for children.
Online tickets are on sale now, to book visits from 20 July 2020: https://www.towerbridge.org.uk/
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- Tower Bridge was the creation of architect Sir Horace Jones and civil engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry. It took eight years to complete and was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by the Prince and Princess of Wales (the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra)
- In 1982 Tower Bridge opened to the public for the first time since 1910 with a permanent exhibition inside. Since then, visitor number have grown annually with approx. 850,000 visiting in 2019, which was the 125th anniversary since it the opening back in 1894.
- Tower Bridge opening hours vary so please check the website for the latest update.
- The Tower Bridge Community Ticket invites residents of Southwark, Tower Hamlets and the City of London to visit for £1 only.
- Admission prices for Tower Bridge:
o Adults: £10.60
o Children aged 5-15: £5.30
o Concessions: £7.90
o Family tickets from £18.00
o Under 5s free
- The nearest underground stations are London Bridge or Tower Hill
- Visit the iconic Glass Floor on the high-level Walkways, which gives visitors a unique perspective of London 42 metres above the Thames. Visitors are able to tread on the glass floor panels whilst traffic passes beneath their feet. It can withstand the weight equivalent to one elephant or two London Black Cabs.
- Tower Bridge has been a Family Arts Standards holder since early 2020. We pledge to provide a high-quality offer for families, including facilities and programming.
- Family Trail (App or Booklet): You can download the app or pick up an Explorer Trail booklet when you arrive. Both are designed for families to work together to unearth amazing stories from the Bridge's history. From instructions on how to build your very own paper boat to a game of eye-spy using the panoramic views of London from the high-level Walkways.
Families can have fun at home exploring our online resources. Learn how to make a stop motion animation film, discover the language of semaphore or just enjoy some relaxing colouring in, there are activities suitable for all!
- Tower Bridge is London’s defining landmark and is a proud supporter of the City Bridge Trust, generating over £6m a year, which goes towards helping charitable causes across London.
- Tower Bridge is one of only 20 UK visitor attractions to receive the Visit England Gold Attractions Accolade in both 2018 and 2019. The accolade recognises quality visitor experiences on offer and is awarded to attractions that go the extra mile to provide a high-quality day out.
- The City Corporation, which owns and manages Tower Bridge, is the fourth largest funder of heritage and cultural activities in the UK and invests over £100m every year. The City of London Corporation is a core partner of Culture Mile, a home for contemporary culture in the ancient heart of London’s working capital.https://www.culturemile.london/
- The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
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