Facing My Fear of Heights at London’s Tower Bridge
If you’ve seen images of any bridge in London, you’ve probably seen the beautiful Tower Bridge.
One of the most Instagrammed spots in London, the Tower Bridge is popular because of its beautiful architecture and backdrop of city buildings, and often blue skies or a colorful sunset.
Did you know that you can venture into the Tower Bridge? The walkway between the two towers is about 135 feet up and has a glass floor. If you’re thinking, “Eek!”, you’re right!
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The Glass Floor at the Tower Bridge is most definitely for tourists, and I can’t say that I’d add it to my itinerary on its own, but the experience was included with our London Pass card.
If you have The London Pass and a bit of extra time, this could be a fun excursion. It probably won’t be very thrilling if you’re totally comfortable with heights, but that was not the case with me. I was terrified.
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From the top, you can check out beautiful views of the city and the River Thames, running below.
By looking through the glass floor, we saw pedestrians walking and the waters of the Thames.
Mark had no problem, and spent his time taking lots of photos. I, on the other hand, spent lots of time trying to not be frozen in place.
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The above photo may look fairly normal to you, but each step onto the glass only took me about a millimeter forward. I’m actually glad that no video exists of this because who knows what kind of noises I was making!
I am generally okay on high platforms or balconies where there is railing and windows. As long as I’m secure, I can handle the height situation. Looking down, past my feet, to the ground (or river, in this case) far below, was not a secure feeling at all.
One of the super nice guides noticed my struggle and rewarded me with this “I DID IT!” sticker. Do you even know how proud I was?
At that point, I told myself to put on my big girl panties and get some beautiful photos.
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I was even able to lay down on the glass floor and see myself in the mirrored ceiling above. Somehow, laying down or even sitting was much easier than standing or walking in the glass floor.
Next time, I’ll attempt to sit or crawl to keep my heart from beating out of my chest.
If you have a fear of heights, think carefully before you add this experience to your London itinerary. Overall, I’m glad I braved it just to say that I’ve been inside this iconic bridge’s towers.
What are you afraid of? How have you faced your fears while traveling? Would you be able to handle the Tower Bridge’s Glass Floor? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and three fur babies. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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