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Tower Bridge glass floor – I did it!

There is nothing like being a tourist in your own country. You get to experience what a lot of people travel hundreds of miles to see and do.  If you have a few hours to spare, I would highly recommend visiting Tower Bridge and its engine room. You will have an unforgettable experience from the moment you step inside to the time you leave. 

Here are some Funky Facts!

Photo of facts displayed inside walkway of Tower Bridge.
Tower Bridge London - Photo taken by me from the top of a nearby hotel.
Photo taken on the road - Tower Bridge.

Tower Bridge is situated close to the Tower of London and it is an iconic landmark. The Bridge crosses the River Thames, and the road opens up to allow ships to pass.  The lifting of the Bridge is truly an amazing thing to see.  

Photo taken on ground level to show the two glass floor walkways.
Photo of one of the glass walkways showing the road and river below.

I must say that I needed some encouragement to walk across the glass floor. The helpful attendant cheered me on and gave me a badge! That did it. If a seven year old can walk on the glass floor, Mollywozhere can too!

One of the two glass floors of Tower Bridge.

The glass walkway was very solid and safe of course. It cost over a million pounds to build  as much as the cost of the bridge itself! To make it even more interesting, there is glass mirror above and so you can take a selfie looking at yourself. How cool is that!

Photo of my friend, Rocio, taking a selfie lying down on the glass walkway.

One of the things that I found absolutely fascinating is how people go to great lengths to take all that important selfie! People sit down, lie down, squat and any other position you can think of! I just about made it standing up, let alone lying down!

And there was more - here is a photo of other people doing the same - taking a selfie lying down!

We were lucky that on the day of our visit there was a visiting Circus Group. They were most entertaining. Everyone wondered how they were going to fit in to the small space around the walkway but they managed it well. So it was a bonus watching a show being entertained while sightseeing.  

No visit to Tower Bridge would be complete without visiting the Engine Rooms and of course the shop to buy souvenirs. You will get to see the beautifully restored and beaming hydraulic engines that used to power the raising of the Bridge.  

Fabulous lunch at a restaurant close tomSt James Park.
Mollywozhere photo, naturally!!

Leonardo Da Vinci - A life in drawing at Buckingham Palace

It is worth combining two or more sightseeing visits so as to get the best out of a day out in London. We chose to combine a visit to Tower Bridge with visiting the gallery in Buckingham Palace where the exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci was being shown. The exhibition is based on drawings made by this great artist which  were found in his  studio in his house upon his death. He had meticulously kept them. The exhibition pulls together Leonardo’s lifelong enquiry into every field of knowledge. 

Leonardo Da Vinci is certainly one of the most accomplished scientists of the renaissance. Whilst he is most famous for the painting of the Mona Lisa, his work was a lot more than that. He had an enthusiasm for human anatomy and dissections. One of his most notably work was that of the human skull.  Fascinating stuff. I naturally bought a fridge magnet of the skull. 

Selfie taken at the entrance of the gallery in Buckingham Palace.

In case you can’t read this clearly  – it states:

“Many of Leonardo’s early anatomic drawings investigate the workings of the nerves and brain. In April 1489 he sawed open a human skull to study its internal structures. Here Leonardo shows the facial cavities in relation to the surface features, and in the left margin he analyses the different types of teeth.”   Amazing. The man was a genius!

Selfie taken outside the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
My friend took this photo as my selfies were beginning to show my lack of photographic or technological skills.
Mollywozhere photo, naturally!! The Royal Crest on the bench inside the gallery at Buckingham Palace.

All in all a very lovely day out in London. Everyone should take time out and explore what this great city has to offer. And, wait for it – yes, yes and yes….  You can have your ticket stamped to be valid for a year! So you can come back another day to do it all over again. 

All in all it was a great fun day out in London – very pleasant, great weather, informative, and enjoyable.  I loved it and I am sure you will too. 

4 Replies to “Tower Bridge glass floor – I did it!”

  • I didn’t know the Bridge had a glass floor. My boys will be thrilled. Summer holidays around the corner. Gotta to be part of the itinerary now.

    Well done Molly, overcoming your fears. Inspired.

    • Oh yes, Tower Bridge has a glass floor, and not many people know it. Your boys will love it. So take them during the holidays and have fun. I am sure your boys will not need a badge, like I did. haha

  • Knew you had a thick skin, scaling through The Great Wall of China, 3 gorges dam plus the madness of Thailand; now scaling through glass wall of Tower Bridge. WoW! That’s more than achievements! Consider putting all your journeys of a lifetime and experiences together to make a fantastic book.

    • Lol! Thank you Gbenga for your comment and suggestion. I think writing a book about my travels will be something way into the future. For now, I am enjoying writing my stories in my blog. You too can create your own adventures. Go for it.

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