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Tower Bridge celebrates its 125th birthday with exclusive family events this weekend

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June 26, 2019

Did you know that Tower Bridge was officially opened on 30th June 1894 and is celebrating its 125th birthday this Sunday with a host of 125th birthday events taking place over the coming weeks.

To celebrate the official anniversary weekend, on 29th and 30th June, you can meet the workers, engineers and passers-by that once inhabited Tower Bridge for a special admission entry offer of £1.25, which is available for all visitors when purchased on the day, including exclusive souvenir bookmark. Tickets cannot be booked in advance so make sure you arrive early.

Taking inspiration from the ever-growing archive of personal histories from the lifetime of the Bridge, costumed actors will perform across the Bridge, bringing the story of the opening weekend to life.

Also over the birthday weekend, families are invited to recreate the huge flotilla that passed under Tower Bridge on its opening day in 1894, alongside a number of family activities taking place in the Tower Bridge Learning Space.

Visitors to the attraction can also explore Tower Bridge with an innovative app and activity-packed booklet for 5-10 year olds. This incredible app technology creates a unique visitor experience, offering interactive games and first of a kind features. To download the app visit: https://www.towerbridge.org.uk/familytrailapp/ and App stores.

The kids favourite part of visiting Tower Bridge was viewing the what was happening below through a glass floor, 42 metres above the River Thames.

There are two glass floors to walk across and it is then downstairs to the Victorian engine rooms that once powered the raising of Tower Bridge. There is also the chance to celebrate the 200th birthday of Tower Bridge architect Sir Horace Jones, at his Big Birthday Bash in the historic Engine Rooms. Families are invited to party with the man behind Tower Bridge, featuring games, a birthday activity table, treasure hunt and Victorian photo opportunity until September.

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    Valerie

    June 27, 2019

    What a neat experience that sounds like! I did see the Tower Bridge years ago but didn’t really hear much of the history or story of it.

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    Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog

    June 27, 2019

    This sounds like a great event, shame we can’t head down this weekend but one day we’ll get to Tower Bridge!

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    stephanie

    June 28, 2019

    I had no idea it was that old, but what a great event to celebrate the anniversary. I went there as a kid and loved getting to have a look at the inner workings of the bridge x

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    Fatima

    June 29, 2019

    Wow that sounds cool! I’m sure it would be really crowded this Sunday then!

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    Kirsty

    June 29, 2019

    Tower bridge is such a icon of London, we’ve been lucky enough to stay right outside the bridge and walk across it for charity a couple of years ago. I would love to be explore inside the bridge and it’s great there is an interactive app for the kids to get involved in

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    Lisa

    June 30, 2019

    This is quite an anniversary! Tower Bridge is such a London symbol and impressive too!

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    Olivia Jade

    June 30, 2019

    I didn’t even know how old this bridge was, what a great day out x

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    Lilinha

    July 1, 2019

    WOW! I can’t believe it is already 125 years old. Lots of family events to enjoy and celebrate!

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