An iconic staple of the London skyline, the Tower of London has been part of British history since the time of William the Conqueror, the centrepiece of the fortress he had built. Used as both a palace and a prison, his succeeding monarchs added to the building to make it what it is today.
The Tower of London houses the world famous Crown Jewels, the largest collection of the British Monarchy’s gems in the world. There are 23,578 gems on display, including the Imperial State Crown. That particular item is made up of 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and 5 rubies. On display since the 17th century, this incredible collection is the highlight of any trip to London.
On your visit, be sure to visit The White Tower, take a tour with a Beefeater (officially named a Yeoman Warder) and see the Tower Green, the site of many executions throughout London’s history, including those of three of Henry VIII’s wives. There are also six ravens at the Tower of London who act as guards, keeping a watchful eye on the surroundings to ensure the Tower and the city of London are not attacked.
Must See Attractions:
White Tower – The White Tower is an enduring icon of the London skyline, albeit nowadays dwarfed by, and in contrast to the modern city. This striking historic building dating back to 1075 today houses the Line of Kings, displaying royal armour, life-sized wooden horses and figures of kings throughout the centuries.
Coins and The Royal Mint – The history of English coin making at the Tower, including Sir Isaac Newton’s efforts to rid London of counterfeiters when he was warden of the Mint, and Edward I’s harsh punishments for people who tampered with his coins.
Yeoman Warders – Yeoman Warders better known as Beefeaters, entertain the thousands of visitors that come to the Tower throughout the year with their guided tours and immense knowledge of the ancient palace and fortress.
Crown Jewels – The breath-taking world famous collection of fabulous finery and regalia – discover gloriously ornate intricately made Crown Jewels and learn how they have inspired acts of greed, violence and even spawned stories of evil curses.
Medieval Palace – Once a surprisingly comfortable royal home here you will enter the rooms of Edward I and discover life in the opulence and colour of a medieval royal residence.
The Ravens – One of the most famous sites at the Tower, legend has it that if they ever leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall. The birds all have names and very different characters, find out who’s who next to their new lodgings on the South Lawn.
Fortress and battlements – Enjoy great views over modern London and the river Thames from atop the well. Groups can explore more of the Tower’s battlements giving a sense of what it would have been like to defend the Tower against potential attackers. Along the route enjoy exhibitions highlighting aspects of the Tower’s past, including the role the Duke of Wellington played whilst Constable of the Tower.
NEW EXHIBITION FOR 2018 – IMPRISONMENT AT THE TOWER
From Spring 2018, explore the Tower’s fascinating history as one of the country’s most infamous prisons. The Bloody Tower will tell the story of “high status” prisoners such as Sir Walter Raleigh, whilst an introductory exhibition at the Beauchamp Tower will reflect on the emotional responses to imprisonment conveyed through the Tower’s incredibly preserved prisoner graffiti.
Whilst the Tower of London welcomes all visitors, this historic building has places with difficult stairs and passageways and wheelchair access is limited. There are also a large number of steps throughout the Tower with cobbles laid in some of the roads. However, the Jewel House and the Crown Jewels are fully accessible to all visitors.
Toilets: Easy ramped access is available behind the Jewel House.
Wheelchairs: A limited number of wheelchairs are available from the Welcome Centre at the main entrance to the Tower.
The Tower Of London welcomes all visitors and tries to ensure that everyone’s visit is successful and enjoyable. Registered disabled visitors are charged the relevant ticket price and carers are admitted free of charge. Wheelchair access is extremely limited: the Tower has cobbled pavements and uneven surfaces. Care should be taken and appropriate footwear worn. Sign language tours are available, and guide dogs are admitted.
In order to gain entry you must present a printed copy of your voucher. Please take your voucher/confirmation to the Group Ticket Window along with photo ID for fast entrance to The Tower of London.
Please note that on Wednesday 23 May 2018, the Tower will close early.
Last admission will be at 16:00, with the buildings and exhibitions closing at 16:30. This is an hour earlier than usual.
Agents bringing child students or children to the palaces must provide a ratio of 1 adult for up to maximum 15 child/students children.
If bringing children and students booked through the Learning and Engagement department, the ratio must be 1 adult to 60 children or 1 adult to 10 students.
Not meeting the maximum ratio will result in the party not being granted to access on arrival.
Please take your voucher/confirmation to the Group Ticket Window along with photo ID for fast entrance to The Tower of London.
Children are aged 5-15. Children under 5 go free.
Find out more about the venue's location and how to get there.
Follow directional signage to the Tower. The main entrance is a five minute walk from the station.