This summer, a giant metal slide is being installed in the moat of the Tower of London so people can whizz down to the bottom for a walk 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. While people will be able to walk down into the moat through more conventional means, they decided to install a slide as well, because it’s fun.
The slide they are using was originally commissioned by the National Trust for use at Cliveden House, and is being repurposed for the Tower of London as it turned out to be pretty much the right height to get down to the moat.
Once installed, the slide will have 4 lanes, and people will be able to travel down to it on mats, into 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 the flowers with a sense of occasion and fun – and what better way to do that than entering the Tower of London’s moat via a huge slide? As well as creating a unique way in – which we hope will be a big hit with families – we’re lucky enough to have been able to recycle an existing slide, enabling us to do this in a sustainable way.”
Tickets to walk through the moat are available from here.
Although a temporary display, the Superbloom will also be the first stage of a permanent transformation of the Tower of London’s moat into a new natural landscape in the heart of London. When the ‘Superbloom’ display ends in September 2022, the new natural landscape created to support it will remain in the moat as a permanent Jubilee legacy.