Free tour behind the scenes of Rochester Bridge


Subject to safety confirmations, these tours are now fully booked.

Please email if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Explore under, inside and over a Medway landmark, with a free guided tour.

To coincide with Heritage Open Days, Rochester Bridge Trust is inviting members of the public to take part in Hard Hat Tours to explore hidden areas of its bridges over the River Medway.

The tours are led by a civil engineer and involve walking across parts of the three structures that comprise Rochester Bridge: the 1914 Old Bridge which incorporates parts of the previous Victorian crossing; the 1970 New Bridge; and the Service Bridge, a closed structure carrying pipes and cabling across the river.

Bridge Programme Manager Kate Castle, who leads the tours, said: “The bridges are crossed by tens of thousands of people every day, and now a limited number of people can join a hard hat tour to see hidden areas and find out more about the engineering involved in the structures.

“This is a new and limited opportunity and we can’t wait to introduce people to the behind the scenes areas of the bridges.”

The tours will take place on Saturday, 9 and 16 September, at 11am and 1.30pm, and on Thursday, 14 September, at 1.30pm. They will last for approximately one hour.

The tours are free but places are limited and must be booked, and participants must be physically able to climb ladders. The tour is not suitable for anyone suffering from claustrophobia, fear of heights, back problems or other mobility restrictions. Participants will be required to sign a safety declaration before being allowed to take part. The tours are not suitable for under sevens, and each child must be accompanied by an adult who will take responsibility for their safety.

Suitable footwear must be worn, along with all the personal protective equipment supplied by the Trust at the start of the tour.

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