HA! See? Everyone’s a sucker for an innuendo (inYOURendo 😏)
I have no idea why Tower Bridge market themselves as offering “Jumbo Thrills”, because, in all honesty, my thrill level probably averaged somewhere around the moderate to moderately-high mark.
However, Being a tourist for under a tenner? Bargain!
I don’t know about you, but when I graduated from University and left the city that I’d spent three years living, it dawned on me (with a little help from my Mother) that I had spent more time getting drunk than exploring Cardiff’s culture and history.
Admittedly, I came away with a degree, friends and life experience yada yada, but it has made me want to appreciate the places I live more.
So this weekend, we headed one of London’s most famous landmarks to inject a bit of culture to our day date.
Tower Bridge Tour
What: Learn about the building and working of Tower Bridge
Where: Tower Bridge, surprisingly
When: 10am – 5.30pm
How Much: £8.70 per adult ticket online / £9.80 on the day
Don’t worry, I’m not going to harp on about the historical facts of the bridge building, like the 11,000 tonnes of steel used for the framework…or the fact that the high-level Walkways, which were designed so that the public could still cross the bridge when it was raised, were closed down due to lack of use…OR the fact that a bus driver once had to make a split second decision to accelerate and make it across the bridge as it was rising!
No, no – I’m keeping it short but sweet just like the exhibition/tour.
Although it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, the tour of Tower Bridge is a quick and easy way to soak up some culture and appreciate some fantastic views over the Thames – literally!
The tour takes you up the West tower where a guide gives you a quick overview of what to expect as you head up in the lift. As you enter the first room, there is old footage of the bridge being built playing on repeat just to set the mood.
The exhibition then continues to a far more modern walkway situated 42 metres above the river, offering panoramic views of the city, made even more spectacular by the glass floors (if you’re not scared of heights and you can get a good selfie amongst the many other tourists).
^^ Still not mastered how to make the video smaller, but I particularly enjoy the part where my balance is thrown off by an aforementioned tourist sitting down without looking 👀
When you’ve had your fill of romance and architecture (rarchitecture?) from above, head down below to marvel at the steam engine rooms that once powered the bridge, and hear stories from some of the people who operated it.
For someone who’s interest normally starts to fade after an hour or so, the tour was perfect as it provided a unique activity for a rainy day, which wasn’t too busy or expensive and is genuinely a really cool thing to do and talk about.
It’s also conveniently located for a whole host of eateries (that’s right, I’m calling them eateries) and entertainment along South Bank, including the next stop on our day date because let’s face it – girl’s gotta eat!
Stay tuned…. There’s a part two coming right up (or whenever I have time to write it).