The whitewashed stone walls of the White Tower and the Tower of London invoke awe and intrigue within a spectator. The walls of the magnificent castle have witnessed the saga of the British Empire and are still standing strong today in London to narrate its history. The Tower of London, which derives its name from its central ‘White Tower’, has 22 towers in total, and is a stronghold within two concentric walls and a moat. Officially known as ‘Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London’ its origins started with the building of the White Tower in 1078. Since then, it grew over time and became the large castle it is today.
A Tower of London Tour includes not only interesting tours like the Yeoman Guards (Beefeaters) tours but also live historical enactments and storytelling events. Your Tower of London Tour is also inclusive of entry to permanent exhibitions of the exquisite Crown Jewels, the regal armoury display of the ‘Line of the Kings’, as well as the ‘Coins and Kings’ collection of the Royal Mint. Right from the ‘Ceremony of the Keys’ to the feeding of ravens and walk down the battlements, a Tower of London tour promises a day full of history and excitement.
Tower of London History
The Tower of London was meant as a Royal Residence but it ceased over time and became a place for the royal armoury and a prison. Its gruesome history goes back to its use a prison, as it held influential royalty like Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth I. Later in the day, Guy Fawkes also joined the ranks of prisoners held at the Tower of London.
Today the Tower of London is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is visited by more than 2.7 million tourists each year. The castle is more than just an architectural masterpiece; it is a testament to the history of England itself!
• Sun-Mon: 10 AM - 4:30 PM
• Tue-Sat: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK
Why You Must Visit The Tower of London
When William the Conqueror set about building the ‘Tower of London’ in order to establish his rule in the city, he picked a strategic spot, right beside the River of Thames on Tower Hill, so that the Tower could be seen from afar. Throughout its history, the Tower of London was expanded by future kings and queens. It literally has witnessed the Game of Thrones, and tells tales of horror, political manipulation, and palace intrigue.
Not only the stories, the physical architecture of the Tower of London made it the strongest castle keep in the world. It was a military stronghold and housed the royal armoury and boasted of the strength and valor of the British Empire. A fortress, a prison, a mint and a royal residency, the Tower of London has played many roles. It is a place that can be truly experienced only by stepping inside it, so get your Tower of London tickets and take a trip through 900 years of British history.
Tower of London Tours
There are various ways you can go about taking a Tower of London Tour. You can opt to tour just the White Tower, behold the Crown Jewels and go on a Beefeater Tour, or you can buy combo tickets that allows you a Tower of London Tour along with tickets to another prime attraction in London. We highly recommend the Tower of London Combo tours as they work better on the pocket and help you save a few euros!
Tower of London Tickets with Crown Jewels & Beefeater Tour
- Explore the White Tower
- Guided tour by Yeoman Warders
- See the Crown Jewels, which has 23,578 gems and more jewellery
- Check out the prisons and execution grounds
Best Tower of London Combo Tours
These Tower of London Tours that come along with tickets to other London attractions, complimentary walking tours across the city etc are a great way to save money while you explore more of London.
Thames Cruise and Tower of London
Madame Tussauds & Tower of London Combo
|About|| Hop on Hop off at four piers as you explore London. Also visit the Tower of London, one of England's iconic structures.|
| See over 300 lifelike wax statues of actors, politicians, sports stars, etc. Head to the Tower of London to relive British history.|
Tower of London Tickets with London Sightseeing Tour
London Eye & Tower of London tickets
|About|| Explore London on this 24-hour Hop-On, Hop-Off tour along with a free river cruise and walking tour in the city and get tickets to the Tower of London.|
| Get a bird's eye view of the city through the London Eye and take a trip back in time at the Tower of London.|
Tower of London & St Paul's Cathedral
London Royal Palace Pass - 4 Palaces in 1 Pass
|About|| Explore 2 of the most admired fragments of British History - the Tower of London as well as the magnificient St.Paul's Cathedral, both with just a single ticket.|
| Travel back to the days of British royalty wity one-time access to 4 historic royal palaces, including the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace & Banqueting House.|
Highlights of Your Tower of London Tour Experience
Tower of London Crown Jewels
Rites and rituals passed on for generations have maintained a semblance of continuity in the British monarchy. While the world is moving on to different governing models, the monarchy and its unique traditions appear enigmatic. The coronation regalia or as they are commonly known, ‘crown jewels’, form a part of the monarchy's traditions. Used since the 1600s during coronations and other special occasions by the kings and queens, these jewels are the symbol of the wealth of the British Empire.
The iconic crown jewel collection is stored in the Jewel House at the Tower of London. It holds more than 140 objects, including 7 sovereign crowns and other objects like sceptres, orbs, swords, robes, and sacred plates. Some of the unique items include The Imperial State Crown, St. Edward’s Crown, the Sovereign’s Orb, and the Jewelled Sword of Offering.
The unique collection houses 23,578 gemstones sourced from all across the world, displaying the might of the empire back in its golden period. It also hosts magnificent diamonds like the world’s largest diamond – Cullinan I – as well as the famous Koh-i-noor, which now adorns the Queen’s crown.
There was one primary purpose of the White Tower – to intimidate and unnerve invaders – and it served its purpose incredibly well! Built by William the Conqueror in the 1080s, the White Tower is the most recognisable tower in the Tower of London. The tower was a castle keep, the strongest part of a medieval castle, and was, in fact, known to be one of the strongest military holds in the Christian World.
Today, it holds the Royal Armouries Collection, including the Line of Kings exhibition. You will also find an incredible Romanesque Chapel inside known as St. Johns’ Chapel. The White Tower also has a macabre history – the top floor of the tower has an 18th century executioner block with an axe! The tower’s basement also has witnessed gore, including the torture of Guy Fawkes and the Jesuit priest John Gerard.
Yeoman Warder / Beefeater Tour
You will often spot a uniformed guard at the Tower of London, regaling groups of tourists with stories of palace intrigue, imprisonment, torture and more. These are the Yeoman Warder tours conducted at the Tower of London for free of cost in your Tower of London tickets! Nicknamed as the ‘Beefeaters’, these guards are Members of the Sovereign's Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary, and have been the ceremonial guards of the Tower for more than 500 years.
Currently, there are 37 Yeoman Guards at the Tower, including a woman. One of them is also the designated ‘Ravenmaster’ who takes care of the ravens at the tower. The story goes that once the ravens leave the tower, it will fall to ruins! The Beefeaters are believed to be given this name because they could have unlimited access to beef from the king’s table. Today, these Yeoman Guards are the living icons of the Tower of London and their engaging tours start every 30 minutes at the Tower of London.
The Ravens at Tower of London
Better known as the guardians of the Tower, you will see a flock of Ravens, oversized black crows at the South Lawn of the Tower. Legend goes that the Tower of London will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress, so expect to see 7 Ravens roaming the Tower precincts during the day and presiding over four different territories within the Tower's walls. The current Tower ravens are Jubilee, Harris, Gripp, Rocky, Erin, Poppy and Merlina. If you're lucky, you might even see the Ravenmaster feeding them. Be warned, one must not attempt to feed the ravens as they can bite if they feel their territory is being threatened.
The Coins & Kings Exhibition
The Tower of London experience is not complete without a visit to the permanent exhibition, ‘Coins and Kings’. The exhibition is located at what used to be the site of the Mint, before it was moved out of the Tower after a financial crisis. It includes an impressive display of coins that have been used since the early 1200s. There are also outdoor installations and interactive displays which narrate the history of currency in England. You will also come across unheard stories, like the time when Isaac Newton tried to rid London of counterfeiters and the time when Charles II rejected commonwealth money. The Coins and Kings exhibition is included in the Tower of London tickets and should not be missed!
The Lines of Kings Exhibition
The Line of Kings is one of the oldest exhibitions at the Tower of London, having originally debuted in 1688. It was designed to promote ‘kingship’ and pride in the monarchy after a tumultuous period in history. The original exhibition was curated based on the morality of the kings and only few kings like Edward III and Henry VIII made it to the exhibition. Today, however there is a full representation of history of kings and noblemen. The exhibition is a display of the royal armoury and includes the full armour mounted on wooden horses. There are also many oddities and unique objects related to the armed forces of the monarchy. The exhibition is included in the price of the Tower of London tickets and is an incredible display of the strength of British monarchy.
Live Historical Re-enactments
A unique event with live historical enactments is conducted regularly at the Tower of London. The theatrical group dresses up in medieval costumes, and enacts some of the most interesting events from history. The interesting aspect is that the show also involves the audiences, making it the perfect tourist experience. While listening to an audio guide or live guide is one thing, the historical enactments ensure you will never forget about the Red Earl, Johanna Ferrour, or Sir Thomas Neville!
Tower of London Map
If you're doing a self guided Tower of London tour, it would be advised to download the Tower of London Map and keep it handy on your phone. The area is vast and chances of you getting lost are high! So, save time and effort ; keep this Tower of London map handy to navigate yourself around.
Know Before You Visit The Tower of London
Getting to Tower of London
Adress: St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK
The Tower of London can be easily accessed by public transport plus. Most hop on hop off tour buses also stop at the Tower.
- Tube: The closest tube station is Tower Hill (Circle and District lines)
- Bus: 15, 42, 78, 100, and RV1
- Overground: The closest stations are Fenchurch Street and London Bridge
- Riverboat: The closest river access point is Tower Pier
Tour of London Opening Timings
The Tower of London is open daily except between 24th-26th December and 1st January.
Summer (1st March - 31st October)
Tuesday-Saturday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday-Monday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
Last admission: 5 PM
Winter (1st November - 28th February)
Tuesday-Saturday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday-Monday: 10 AM - 4:30 PM
Last admission: 4 PM
Handy Tips For Your Tower of London Visit
- There is no baggage storage facility, so travel light.
- Tripods and Selfie-sticks are not allowed.
- Those who have purchased the London Explorer Pass or London Royal Palace Pass have free access to the Tower of London tours.
- Head to the Tower of London early in the day, you can also catch the opening of the complex of Tower of London at about 8:45 AM every morning. The crowds are thinner in the morning and you can get to see everything at your own pace without waiting.
- The Yeoman Warder tours start at 10 AM and one every 30 minutes after that. Don’t miss out on the experience, as the guards are witty and narrate some lesser known facts and stories.
- The Crown Jewels exhibit is often the busiest in the entire palace complex. The best way is to view it first thing in the morning and then head to the Yeoman Tour at 10 AM.
- It will take you about 2-3 hours to walk around the castle and check off all the important exhibits, so plan your visit accordingly.
- Ceremony of the Keys is a unique closing ceremony of the Tower of London. Although it is free, it has limited audience and requires advance booking which is currently done till January 2019! So if you are traveling after that keep a look out for the availability of tickets.
- Wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first come first serve basis.
- There are lifts available at the White Tower near the Raven shop and the New Armouries Café.
- Only the Jewel Tower and Crown Jewels exhibition is wheelchair accessible. Being a medieval castle, the rough stone pathways and stairs do not make it accessible for wheelchair users.
Tower of London Reviews
Had a great day at tower of London. My first visit inside was the crowd jewels, has just after opening was not a wait to visit. Enjoy the tour and seeing one of the tower ravens very close up
Paul J, TripAdvisor, March 2018
Of course this is a great place to visit. Many things to see inside the walls. The best thing for us was taking the Beefeaters Tour and learning all the true facts and fictions about the tower.
Terence G, TripAdvisor, March 2018
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