7 November 2015

London with toddlers: Tower Bridge Exhibition

Tower Bridge Exhibition is a pretty cool addition to London attractions and viewpoints. You get to walk on a glass walkway up high on the bridge, and admire the pretty sights around Tower of London. Sounds pretty awesome doesn't it? I've wanted to visit it since the glass walkway opened in 2014 and tested it out with my daughter and a friend.



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Turns out, it is a great London sight to take your kids to. The funky walkway is great for both adults and toddlers - we enjoyed walking on the glass and spotting cars, buses and boats whizzing down below. The views are gorgeous - you get to see Tower of London, the Shard and the City buildings, and over the other side the Canary Wharf. 


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My daughter was more interested in running up and down the corridors and peeking at cars through the glass, but she enjoyed the views as well. For budding photographers, there are a couple of open windows from which you can just about put a camera through so you get to take pictures without reflections. I managed to take some beautiful pictures of the pink sunset and the London city scraper skyline. I wouldn't mind going again some day during the daytime. 


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After the walkway and the views, there is one more thing to see - the engine room. My daughter also loved the engine room -  it was fun seeing all the old machinery and see it move too! Fun fun fun!

As you can imagine, our visit was quite fast-paced (toddlers...). You could presumably learn a lot about the Bridge as well as the history of London if you had time to walk at a leisurely pace and read a bit, but alas, perhaps next time. 




tower bridge exhibition engine room


All in all, Tower Bridge exhibition was a great place to visit with kids. It was fully accessible, with lifts available so buggy access is there. Glass walkway is fun to peer through and as it isn't formal in the slightest, it doesn't matter if your kids go a bit nuts. And the views, ah, the views... 




24 comments:

  1. We've got this on our to do list, especially after going to an event in one of the towers last year. Looks like great fun #CountryKids

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    1. I've never before come here but it is really good. I know they do events like during Valentines and I think New Years as well, which would be pretty amazing to go to :)

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  2. Looks fab!! May have to give this one a go when we are in London in a few weeks time!!

    #countrykids

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    1. Yeah definitely! Worth a visit :) I've written a few posts about London attractions with kids, if you need some more ideas they are here :)

      http://www.wavetomummy.com/search/label/London%20with%20kids

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  3. the views do seem wonderful, I've only ever been to the outside of Tower bridge, I don't think I even realised you could go inside! What a treat and even better that you don't feel pressurized to have perfect kids in there too, stopping mine running along corridors if they were excited never worked well! Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

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    1. Yeah it is a fairly new attraction - I think they had the walkway open for a while already but the glass walkway opened only last year. And definitely, my kid can be a bit boisterous sometimes, nice to take them to places where they can be kids :)

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  4. This looks fantastic - I still haven't managed to visit but would love the views. Your photos are great. #countrykids

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    1. Te views were great - I love the lights and the skyscrapers you did around the City. Just beautiful. It was a lovely sunset that day too!

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  5. This would be brilliant to see. Especially for nighttime shots as you had.

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    1. Ah it was gorgeous! I still want to do London Eye during sunset too!

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  6. This looks great! And your girl is just so gorgeous! I think Caspian might still be too small to appreciate it, but maybe next year as he loves lights and reflections. Great read!

    Nadia - ScandiMummy x

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    1. Yes definitely take him up there once he learns how to walk :) I'm sure he would love it :) and kids under 5 go free!

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  7. Looks amazing. We walked over the bridge earlier this year time was at a premium wish we had of headed up the top to see this.
    #citytripping

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    1. What a shame! But hopefully you will have some time to check this out next time you come to London. Or another viewpoint, there are a few beautiful viewpoints around :)

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  8. I'd love to visit this! My hubby commutes into London (we live in Surrey) so he tries to avoid London at the weekends if possible :( this looks great though #citrytripping

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    1. Ha ha I am feeling for your husband! That's usually me too as I commute from zone 5 (which takes about as long as for someone from outside London...). But every once in a while it is nice to venture out :)

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  9. The views really are spectacular - think we'll have to pay it a visit! My daughter would love watching the cars too - although I think the glass walkway would freak her out a bit to start with. Thank you for linking to #citytripping ! x

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    1. Ha ha I saw plenty of adults being a bit freaked out by the walkway :) I gotta day, it did feel weird walking in it at first but you soon get over it and it is really fun :) thanks for hosting!

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  10. It looks amazing!! We went to an event a while back in one of the function rooms at the top of the Tower and the children LOVED it but it's definitely time for us to take a trip back to see the new walkway and the engine room, Becca xx

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    1. Definitely, do make another visit. It was a lot of fun, and really such a fab place to take kids to as well. And under 5's go free! :)

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  11. That's a great sunset and it looks like the perfect spot to take the photos from. Your quick trip through, following a toddler, sounds like a similar experience to one we had visiting Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, hardly saw any of it! #citytripping

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    1. Ha ha kids! You do have to whizz through sight with them sometimes so you don't necessarily get everything out of ot. And most annoying is when they pull a tantrum or fall asleep when you have been really expecting for it! Life of a parent... :)

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  12. Just imagine how much exited You little daughter was to see all these stunning views from the bridge.Must say Tower bridge was my very first tourist trap if visited London first time at 2006. With my younger son in age 14.We just had finished our 3 weeks ended trip to Sicily and spent a few days in London before the flight home. Althought entrance tickets seemed expensive for us (we lived in Estonia then) we take a tour, enjoyed and took a lot of picks. And to nowaday I remember one very pitoresque recollection - little mouse maid of iron, in the engine room in museum :)

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    1. That sounds like fun! It is such a beautiful location, it is no wonder it was one of the first sights you went to see :) if you do come back here now definitely do another visit - and comparative to a lot of other London sights I thought the tickets were quite affordable! Shame didn't see that little mouse btw that would have been cute :)

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