Tower Bridge was built 120 years ago to ease road traffic while maintaining river access to the busy Pool of London docks. Built with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships, it is considered an engineering marvel and is one of London’s favourite icons; arguably one of the most famous and instantly recognisable structures in the world. Today, as well as still being a working bridge and popular visitor attraction, the Bridge is a vibrant place of learning. With hands-on, interactive, cross-curricular workshops which explore the context, history and engineering of the Bridge, a visit to Tower Bridge is an enriching and memorable experience for students.
Tower Bridge’s learning programme aligns with the National Curriculum and is aimed at key stage 2 and key stage 3 pupils, but can be adapted to younger or older children. Three hands-on facilitated learning sessions are available, covering local history, Geography, STEM, Computing and Design and Technology.
Facilitated tours take place in the Tower Bridge Exhibition and the Victorian Engine Rooms. These spaces are fully accessible. There is lift access to all levels in the Towers and the Engine Rooms. Wheelchairs are available and can be issued to our visitors upon request. Disabled visitors and a carer are permitted free entry to Tower Bridge Exhibition.
Our workshops are currently delivered in our dedicated learning facility, the Bridge Master’s Learning Centre. Due to the historic nature of this space, it is accessed via 82 steps. We’re actively looking for alternative spaces, but in the meantime, if anyone in your group has further access needs, please discuss this with us at the time of booking.