Tower of London

Discover London's gruesome history at the Tower of London

Tower of London

The Tower of London has hosted some of the most iconic and defining moments in British history. It has previously served as a fortress, an armory, a palace but is most famous for being a prison. The tower is almost 1,000 years old and is rife with stories of human tragedy and power struggles. They say that the ghosts of some of the Tower’s famous inhabitants, such as Anne Boleyn, are still roaming the halls.

 

The Tower of London: what to look out for?

  • Yeoman Warders (commonly known as “Beefeaters”) are there to guard the castle but they also conduct very popular free tours around the Tower of London. They talk about tragic as well as funny moments in the Tower of London’s history in a very theatrical manner and certainly keep the crowds entertained.
  • Crown Jewels is a collection of Royal regalia used during the coronation ceremony and other state events. Some of the most jaw dropping items are 530.2 carat Cullinan I diamond (the largest diamond in the world), the famous Koh-i-Nûr diamond as well as an 800-year old coronation spoon.
  • The ravens of the Tower of London are well looked after (they eat 170g of raw meat and bird biscuits soaked in blood every day!). Well, they’d better be since according to legend, if the ravens leave the castle the British monarchy will crumble so keep an eye out for the birds!
  • White Tower is the oldest part of the Tower of London and is one of the most important historic buildings in the world! You can embark on your own adventure exploring it as well as seeing the Royal Armouries Collection inside.

Book your tickets

Please note: After your booking is confirmed we will send you an email with your tickets.

Visit one of the oldest surviving palaces in the world – the Tower of London.

  • Skip the long queue for tickets!
  • Access to the exhibition of the Crown Jewels: crowns, scepters and powers decorated with many precious stones;
  • Free guided tour in English, accompanied by one of the Tower guards known as Beefeaters;
  • Entrance to the White Tower – the oldest building on site;
  • Thematic exhibitions;
  • The audio guide is available in 12 languages​​ can be purchased on the territory of the Tower for a surcharge (£ 4).

Voucher Information

Voucher: Please exchange the voucher at the Group Ticket Office

Period of validity: The voucher is valid for 7 days from the date shown on it (only one visit is allowed)

Availability: Mad About London has to check availability with the Tower of London to receive confirmation within 12-48 hours.

Cancellation policy: no refunds available

Children: children under the age of 3 go free

 

General Information

Opening hours: Summer period (1 March – 31 October): Tuesday – Saturday from 9am till 5.30pm, Sunday – Monday from 10am till 5.30pm. Winter period (1 November – 28 February): Tuesday – Saturday from 9am till 4.30pm, Sunday – Monday from 10am till 4.30pm

How to get there: take London Underground (District or Circle Lines) and get off at Tower Hill Underground Station. The Tower of London is a 3-minute walk from the station

Parking: There is no parking at the Tower of London. The nearest car park is on Lower Thames Street which is a 2 minute walk to the main entrance.

Disabled access: the Jewel House and the Crown Jewels are fully accessible to disabled visitors. However, the rest of the Tower of London has a number of stairs and passageways which disabled visitors on wheelchairs may find difficult to access.

 

Other information

All internal buildings close 30 minutes after the last admission.

The last Yeoman Warder tour starts at 14.30 (winter), 15.30 (summer).

The Tower of London is closed on 24-26 December and 1 January