Iconic London attraction Tower Bridge Exhibition has just launched a brand new Family Trail to engage and excite younger visitors, making a trip to the most famous bridge in the world even more exciting. The Family Trail has been designed with Generation Media in mind and includes an innovative app and a trail booklet to help the whole family the opportunity to explore the bridge and how it works. We sent Parent Panel member, Laura along with her two boys to test out the new app and to enjoy all the fun of the bridge!
Here’s Laura’s review….
We arrived at the Tower Bridge on a nice sunny day, it was surprisingly easier to get to than I initially thought, just a short tube journey from London Liverpool street to Tower Hill tube station, and a quick and pleasant walk past the Tower of London to the exhibition at Tower Bridge. The queue wasn’t too long and it went down quickly.
Once in the exhibition we opened up the app after watching a short film, which gives you things to look for and activities to do to collect sounds, the first thing it tells you to look for is the glass walkway – endless amount of fun can be had here! The glass walkway looks over the river and its fun to sit on and watch the boats pass underneath you.
The aim of the app is for the children to collect a series of sounds at various locations along the tour. The sounds are all different and can only be obtained by undertaking a set task.The first task we had to do, to be awarded our first sound was to steer the boat through the bridge, without crashing into it, or any other boats. Both of the boys had great fun doing this, and wanted to do this activity several times.
We headed over to the west walkway (another glass walkway) and here there is a fantastic view of London. Usually my children wouldn’t take the time to appreciate the scenery, but the app wants you to match the skyline, which is brilliant as when you match the buildings up it gives you some information on them, such as how tall the buildings are or who sits in them! Once you complete this task you can collect another sound here!
The next activity was to make a paper boat – the children were given an activity booklet inside the exhibition, in it is a piece of paper that you can fold and bend in order to make it into a paper boat. The video tutorial on the app is great to help you make the boat.
There are a few fun and interesting facts in the app which kept the boys interested throughout the visit, Such as how many people it took to build the bridge and that the glass floor can carry the weight of two Taxis and one elephant. It also shows you the story of how a bus once ran a red light when the bridge was going up!
We left the walkways to descend down to the Engine Rooms. Once in the engine rooms things got really interesting as the boys were able to “stoke” the boiler and oil the engine using the app by filling an oil bottle and tilting the phone to oil the gears. These were the final two sounds. Again the app gives you things to look for which you may otherwise miss.
We were in the exhibition for about two hours, the app certainly made things more fun for the children and kept them engaged whilst we walked through the exhibition. I think that both boys learnt from it and were really engaged in the whole experience.
There are a few short films as you make your way through the exhibition which give you more detail about how the bridge was built and they were great. I found it really good value for money, Adult tickets are priced at £9.00 and children are £3.90. There are family tickets available also starting at £14.10 for one adult and two children. There is also a fantastic little gift shop there too which is not too pricey, My children found themselves a pencil each and they were just 50p each and they came in an array of colours.
Tower Bridge Information:
Tower Bridge Exhibition opening hours:
- Summer Opening Hours: April – September 10:00 – 17:30 (last admission)
- Winter Opening Hours: October – March 09:30 – 17:00 (last admission)
Admission prices for Tower Bridge Exhibition:
- Adults: £9
- Children aged 5-15: £3.90
- Groups of 10 or more: £3.40 • Concessions: £6.30 • Family tickets from £14.10
- Under 5s free
- The nearest underground stations are London Bridge or Tower Hill
Free to download, the Tower Bridge Family App is available from the Tower Bridge website, Apple App Store as well as Google Play for Android devices.
For more information, visit www.towerbridge.org.uk/familytrailapp/ or download the app in the App store today.