The moat of the Tower of London gets a makeover
This summer, a giant metal slide is being installed in the moat of the Tower of London so people can zoom down for a ride through the moat.
It’s part of the previously announced Superbloom, a project that will fill the moat with millions of flowers for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Although people can descend the moat by more conventional means, they have also decided to install a slide, because it is fun.
The slide they use was originally commissioned by the National Trust for use at Cliveden House, and is in the process of being reused for the Tower of London as it turned out to be about the right height to descend down to ‘to the moat.
Once installed, the slide will have 4 lanes, and people will be able to ride down to it on mats, in the moat
Tom O’Leary, Director of Public Engagement at Historic Royal Palaces, said: ‘We want to give visitors to Superbloom the chance to arrive in bloom with a sense of occasion and fun – and what better way to do it than to enter the Tower of London moat via a huge slide? In addition to creating a unique entrance – which we hope will be a big hit with families – we are fortunate to have been able to recycle an existing slide, allowing us to do so in a sustainable way.
Tickets to cross the moat are available from here.
Although a temporary exhibition, the Superbloom will also be the first step in a permanent transformation of the Tower of London moat into a new natural landscape in the heart of London. When the “Superbloom” exhibition ends in September 2022, the new natural landscape created to support it will remain in the moat as a permanent Jubilee legacy.
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