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Wheelchair Accessible Tower Bridge London

Wheelchair Accessible Tower Bridge London

Accessibility :

Step-Free Access,
Wheelchair Accessible Throughout,
Wheelchair Accessible Lifts in both towers,
Wheelchair Accessible Toilet,
Wheelchair Accessible Glass Floor Walkway,
Wheelchair Accessible Engine Room,
Relaxed Opening Hours Available

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For details of other wheelchair accessible hotels, wheelchair-friendly eating and drinking options and wheelchair accessible attractions in central London, see the Wheelchair Accessible London Guide

Take in birdseye views of Central London from the wheelchair accessible West Walkway of Tower Bridge, and marvel at the experience of seeing the River Thames, and any boats passing below the bridge, through the Glass Floor.

Arrival at Tower Bridge by Car

There are five accessible parking spaces in the City of London Corporation’s Minories Car Park (the car park entrance is on Mansell Street). Normal parking rates apply to Blue Badge holders though. There is then a 500m step-free trundle between the Minories Car Park and the Tower Bridge ticket office on the North Tower of Tower Bridge.

IMPORTANT: There is NO drop-off point at Tower Bridge!

As Tower Bridge Road is a designated red route, no stopping or parking is allowed at any time. Taxis can drop off on nearby Tower Hill though (in front of the Tower of London). It’s then a short/level trundle to the Tower Bridge Ticket Office.

Arrival at Tower Bridge by Public Transport

Train:

The nearest London mainline train station is London Bridge (almost 1km away though).

Tube (Underground):

Although there is a step-free route between Tower Hill tube station (District & Circle Lines) and Tower Bridge, you will need to use a ramp to get off the train at Tower Hill tube station (and you must arrange this at your DEPARTURE station before you board the train – so that the ramp, and any other assistance that you require, is waiting for you at Tower Hill when you arrive.

Tower Gateway DLR station is completely accessible though (there is a lift down to street level), but Tower Gateway is only of use if you are coming from south-east London (although there is a roundabout way from central London using the wheelchair accessible Jubilee Line, and changing to the DLR at Heron Quays station).

Otherwise, the nearest tube station which is wheelchair accessible is also at London Bridge (with a 1km level trundle then being needed between London Bridge and Tower Bridge).

Bus:

The bus stop at Tower Bridge is currently closed. A number of other buses stop near Tower Bridge though. And all buses in central London are wheelchair accessible – and are equipped with a retractable ramp (automatically controlled by the bus driver). Bus travel is also free for wheelchair users (your companion has to pay the correct fare though). I recommend that you use the official TfL Journey Planner to find the best route for yourself.

Taxi:

By far the easiest way to arrive at Tower Bridge in a wheelchair, and by using public transport, is in one of London’s famous black cabs (taxis). It’s also the most expensive way to reach Tower Bridge though. All London taxis are equipped with a retractable ramp.

Taxis can drop off on nearby Tower Hill (in front of the Tower of London). It’s then a short/level trundle to the Tower Bridge Ticket Office – which is located in the North Tower of Tower Bridge.

My recommendation though:

Get there on foot/by wheelchair!

The riverside footpath (part of the Thames Walk as it passes through central London) is, without question, THE best walking route in central London. And because it is level , it is very wheelchair accessible (although there are a couple of detours which make it completely step-free).

This walk (the London Thames DIY Walking Tour) includes completely wheelchair accessible visits to: Westminster Abbey > the Houses of Parliament (and Big Ben) > the London Eye > the Southbank Centre > Tate Modern > a wee sidetrip across the Millennium Bridge to St.Paul’s Cathedral and back > Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre > The View From The Shard > HMS Belfast > Tower Bridge > and finally the Tower of London.

Entrance - Access to Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge has two parts to the visit – Tower Bridge itself and the Victorian Engine Rooms. Your visit can commence at either entrance – and both are step-free.

The main ticket office at Tower Bridge is located at the NORTH Tower. The Engine Rooms are located on the southern bank of the River Thames where it meets Tower Bridge.

Free plans of the Tower Bridge layout are available at both the main Ticket Office, and also at the entrance to the Engine Rooms. These maps show the location of the lifts and also the accessible toilets (so I definitely recommend that you pick one up).

Wheelchairs are available to borrow at both the main Ticket Office and also at the entrance to the Engine Rooms.

Tower Bridge Building Accessibility

There are two lifts in Tower Bridge – one in each tower. And both are wheelchair accessible.

The lift on the North Tower of the bridge takes you up. You then cross the walkway (this is where you will find the famous Glass Floor Walkway too). And the lift in the South Tower will take you back down to street-level.

You can then continue to the Engine Rooms (where there is another lift which will take you down to the Engine Rooms entrance, which is at the same level as the Thames Walk as it passes below Tower Bridge). The Tower Bridge Gift Shop is also located here.

Wheelchair Accessible Toilets at Tower Bridge

Wheelchair accessible toilets are located in both the South Tower – and in the Engine Rooms.

Wheelchair Accessible Cafe/Restaurant at Tower Bridge

There is no food/drink for sale in Tower Bridge. You are welcome to eat or drink your own snacks or drinks though – but you are kindly requested not to consume nuts or alcohol.

 

Photo: Tower Bridge from the “Girl with a Dolphin” Statue, by Julius Silver from Pixabay.

See the Wheelchair Accessible London Guide for details of other wheelchair accessible attractions, restaurants and hotels in central London.

If this information has assisted you in planning your travels with your wheelchair, please consider making a donation to my Virtual Kiltwalk appeal for 2022 – in aid of FareShare. And thanks to an ADDITIONAL donation of 50% by Sir Tom Hunter, FareShare will actually receive 150% of the amount that you donate!

Thanks, Iain.

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