Have you ever wondered what it's like to go behind the scenes at Tower Bridge?
The Engineering Tour will start off by explaining the Bridge's design and how it was built, and give you some spectacular views from the high-level walkways (including a view through their new glass floor!). You will also see the original steam pumping machines and boilers in the Engine Room.
But it's the second part of the tour that makes it worth the money -- this will take you into some of the areas that are normally out of bounds to the public. One of the Senior Technical Officers will show you around the Bridge Control Room, the Machinery Room, and the immense Bascule Chambers below the water level, where the roadway sits when the bridge is raised. This Bascule chamber is what you really came to see -- it's a dark cavernous space that echoes with the water and traffic rumbling outside.
Craig has never been on this actual Engineering Tour, but he has written a review of Tower Bridge on his blog, and included a few photos of the view through the glass floors.
Note: This tour has steep stairs and enters some confined spaces.
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Craig’s review – “The first time I came to Tower Bridge I wasn't all that impressed, but I quite liked it today. Maybe that's because I'm four years older (I feel about ten years older). Maybe it's because I'm more easily pleased. Maybe it's because the sun was out. Who knows. But it's still basically the same stuff inside apart from the glass floors.The first thing they do is take y… continued”
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