Visiting London Tower Bridge Exhibition With Kids

Engine Room Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic sights on the River Thames with it’s imposing gothic towers and mighty suspension cables.  It’s a must see London attraction for anyone visiting the city and it certainly left a big impression on us during our visit.  It’s a stones throw from the Tower of London so we caught a glimpse of the bridge when we first arrived in Tower Hill.  I was really excited for our visit after seeing it from across the water.  My husband was feeling a little more nervous after I explained to him we would be walking over a glass floor.  You might already have guessed by reading this blog that he’s really not good with heights.

kids on glass floor tower bridge

Before our visit to Tower Bridge I downloaded the Family Trail app to give the girls an idea of what was in store.  The Tower Bridge app is great for kids, with lots of simple games and fun facts about the exhibition they are about to see.  It’s a great learning tool for them, and it really helped our two little girls to enjoy the Tower Bridge experience more than had we just walked around and talked to them about it.  Having fun really helps with the learning they can achieve at an experience like this.

Family Trail App Poster

Our first port of call at the Tower Bridge exhibition was the introductory video and chat.  The girls were fascinated by the idea of a draw bridge and mimicked the actions the bridge was making to let large boats through it.  It was pretty cute to watch and it was lovely to see them taking it all in.

Children showing action of Tower Bridge

The glass floor was of course the highlight, and our children showed no fear whatsoever when it came to walking, talking, laying or even singing on this part of the exhibition.  They decided it was the perfect place to treat the other visitors to a rendition of their favourite Frozen songs whilst several London buses passed underneath them.   I cannot tell you quite how nervous Daddy was at this point!

Visiting Tower Bridge Exhibition With Kids

The glass floor is quite a mind bend for us older folk who can’t quite grasp the concept of waking across a see-through floor with the London traffic and the River Thames beneath you.  There is nothing to worry about though as this glass floor is stronger than the floor it replaced and we found out it can support the weight of one elephant and two London cabs thanks to the Tower Bridge app.

After lots of picture taking (and photo bombing a few others) we headed down towards the Engine Room to see how the bridge originally operated.  On the Family Trail app you can also have a go at fuelling the coal fires that were originally used to operate the bridge to let boats through.  It’s a nice way of introducing children to the idea of engineering, and works well with other parts of the exhibition that shows you how steam operated the bridge at first.

Engine Room Tower Bridge

We really enjoyed our family experience at Tower Bridge during our weekend stay in London.  The exhibition  is really good for learning why the bridge was built and how it fits into the history of London.  It’s really fun too as the glass floor is an experience all in itself.  The Tower Bridge app is a great way to help kids interact with the exhibition and it can also help continue the learning after the visit.  We also loved that Tower Bridge was very accessible and we had no problems getting around with a pushchair and two small children in tow.

If you liked this post, why not find out more about our visit to Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews too.

We were provided with complimentary tickets to visit London Tower Bridge but all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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19 Discussion to this post

  1. Jane Meadows says:

    We have been to tower bridge and it was an amazing experience. My ex partner was incredibly afraid of heights and therefore missed out on all the fun. Great post.

  2. Lorna Ledger says:

    Wow, this looks amazing, I go to London a few times a year, and wondered what was inside, no I know, and will go 🙂

  3. Leila Benhamida says:

    Never been inside Tower Bridge, will add it into my places to go list.

  4. Sarah Cooper says:

    This looks so interesting for children and I think the family trail app sounds a great idea.

  5. Talya says:

    Wow this looks so cool! I’m going to put this on our list of forthcoming days out….
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  6. Aw I am so glad that you enjoyed your time at the exhibition and it sounds like the app was a great way of showing the kids what to expect at the tower x
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  7. Anosa says:

    I have a terrible fear of heights but for some reason I really want to visit the tower bridge and experience this for myself. Sounds like the girls had fun, bless your husband and his fear of heights I can so relate.
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  8. Kizzy says:

    Love the glass floor, didn’t know they had one of those over the bridge. I am still to take my three to London, we’ve been down on the train on route to Disneyland but never actually walked around. I have many times but it is still the unknown to them.

  9. Kara says:

    I have always wanted to do this and hope to be heading to london shortly so will add it to my to do list
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  10. This looks awesome! Will have to put this on our visit list when we are next over there!

  11. Jen says:

    How exciting! I love how the girls show no fear whatsoever. That is fab. I think I may feel a bit nervous about it myself.
    The app sounds like a great idea, and very helpful.

  12. I need to take my girls to visit more exhibits and attractions in London. We live in London yet we don’t see much of it. I might avoid that glass floor though !!!
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  13. I have never been inside. The glass floor looks lovely.
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  14. Emma says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever actually been to Tower Bridge… it looks like a great day out though.

  15. Never been here but would love to. I didn’t realise there was so much to do there!
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  16. Oh we really want to go here! We didn’t have time on our last trip, next time definitely!
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  17. MARGARET gallagher says:

    Never ever done thrill be on my itinery next time I’m in London
    Looks fab

  18. Rachel Butler says:

    I’ve never really visited London (I’m from NI), apart from passing through! This would definitely be on our to do list though when we get around to planning a trip! xo

  19. Kayleigh Watkins says:

    Its looks like a fantastic day out, your children look like they really enjoyed it, I’m not sure I’d walk over the glass bridge though, when I was younger the tesco store near us has a bridge entrance with gaps so you can see through it and it terrified me as a child xxx

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