Tower Bridge Accessibility
The Tower Bridge is best viewed from the outside but you can also tour the machinery on the inside that makes the drawbridge work. The entrance to the walkways is on the bridge (northwest tower). The entrance to the engine rooms is on the bank below the south end of the bridge.
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Is there an accessible entrance? Yes. The exhibition is split into two parts. The walkways are accessed via the Northwest tower of the bridge which has flat access followed by an elevator.
Is the door push/pull, revolving, automated by a button, or motion activated? There is an inward opening door for any guests that are unable to use the revolving door to the Walkways.
Is there an alternative entrance? Yes. The entrance to the engine rooms is below the bridge to the southeast.
Is the door push/pull, revolving, automated by a button, or motion activated? There is an inward opening doors to the engine rooms.
Where is the closest place that cars/taxis can drop-off people? For access to the Walkways, drop off can be made North of the bridge –you are not allowed to stop cars on the bridge itself. There is a road that runs parallel called St Katherine’s approach on the North Side which is the best place and approximately 100m away. For the Engine Rooms, the second part of the tour, the drop off can be made outside the entrance on Shad Thames.
What are the nearby tube stations? Tower Hill
What bus lines pass nearby? Bus lines 15, 42, 78,100, RV1.
Where is the closest disabled parking? Minories car park is on Mansell Street, north of bridge. 5 disabled spots available
Are there cobblestones or hills leading to the entrance? From St Katherine’s approach to the Walkways entrance there are no stairs just a slight incline as you come across the bridge. The engine rooms’ entrance has some cobblestones. Access between the Walkways and Engine rooms can be achieved without taking stairs by going down a slight hill, see map below.
What percentage of the attraction can be viewed without having to go up steps? 100%
Which parts are not accessible? All areas are accessible but views of the Thames river from the walkway are limited
Are there loaner wheelchairs? Yes, there are 2 loaner wheelchairs.
Is there an accessible bathroom? Yes
Is the door wide enough for a wheelchair? Yes
Are there grab bars? Yes
Is there a space to position a wheelchair next to the toilet? Yes
Are there guided tours that don’t have to go up steps? There are no guided tours.
Does advance notice need to be given for…
…handicapped parking? No
…opening of an accessible entrance? No
…loaner wheelchairs? No
…accessible tours? No
Is there a discount for someone with a disability and/or their companion? Free for disabled and their companion.
Opening Hours: 10-17:30 daily
How many hours do most able-bodied tourists spend there on their first visit? 1 hr
Address: Tower Bridge Exhibition, Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2UP
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7403 3761
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