If you visit Tower Bridge this summer, you will have the chance to travel the full 215 miles of the River Thames in just 200 feet when you visit the new photographic exhibition River Thames: Source to Sea.
Opened in June and running until the autumn, a stunning range of 30 large-scale contemporary photographs of the most significant villages, towns and structures along the River Thames will be displayed in the West Walkway of Tower Bridge.
This pictorial trip down the river provides visitors with a unique insight into the important role the river plays in both tourism and industry, from the peaceful picturesque villages to the commercial engine room of Canary Wharf and the City at the heart of the nation’s economy.
This fascinating journey starts at the source of the river, Thames Head near Cirencester, where an engraved stone is the only clue to the magnitude of this location, and ends in the open waters of the Thames Estuary and the triffid-like structures of the WWII Maunsell Sea Forts.
Along the way, the exhibition takes you past a series of spectacular images of places that have fascinating associations, past and present, with the River Thames. This watery journey ends with a striking image of the four World War II Maunsell Sea Forts in the Thames Estuary, constructed in 1942 to protect against German air raids – a powerful symbol of the importance of the River Thames as the gateway to the nation.
River Thames: Source to Sea is included in the Tower Bridge Exhibition experience which allows you to enjoy the breathtaking views over London from the high-level East and West Walkways, the Engine Rooms where Victorian steam-powered machines can be seen in action, and the multi-media exhibition full of fascinating facts about the construction and operation of the Bridge.
- Adults – £7, concessions £5
- Child – £3.
- Joint tickets for admission to Tower Bridge and the beautifully restored Monument nearby are available at £8, £5.50 and £3.30.
- More information on group tickets can be found on the website.