- See the real Crown Jewels protected within the Tower's fortifications
- Take a free guided tour with a Yeoman Warder (Beefeater). These 60-minute tours show you many of the highlights
- The White Tower (which gives the Tower of London its name) contains the Royal Armory and its fascinating collection of armor and weaponry
The site of political scheming, bloody beheadings, and the home of the Crown Jewels, the Tower of London is a terrific place to spend a fascinating - and slightly eerie - day.
There's plenty to explore here at the Tower of London. It's been, at various times, the royal residence, mint, menagerie, armory, observatory and as the holding place for the Crown Jewels - a function it still serves.
You'll obviously want to check out all that royal bling, but there's plenty more besides.
The White Tower holds, among much else, Henry VIII's XXXL suit of armor in the Royal Armories collection. St John's Chapel, on the first floor, dates back to 1080, making it the oldest church in London!
The best way to get oriented is to take a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders. These men and women (popularly known as 'Beefeaters') have been guarding the tower for hundreds of years. Their 60-minute tours leave every half hour from the main entrance.
Be prepared for tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution, torture and other gruesome thrills.
Show your smartphone ticket at the main entrance gate.
Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.
Yeoman Warder Tours:
- Tours begin every 30 minutes. The first tour starts at 10:00 (Tuesday to Saturday) and at 10:30 (Sunday and Monday). The final tour of the day starts at 15:30 (summer) or 14:30 (winter)
- Tours begin near the main entrance to the Tower of London and last one hour. In poor weather conditions, tours may be adapted or cancelled
- Metro: District or Circle line to Tower Hill
- Train: Any train to Fenchurch Street (5-min walk) or London Bridge (15-min walk)
- Bus: 15, 42, 78, 100 or RV1
- Smoking, eating, and drinking are prohibited within all buildings, except designated refreshment areas
- The use of photographic and recording equipment or mobile phones is prohibited within all buildings (unless otherwise advertised)
- Dogs aren't allowed in (except guide dogs)
Legend has it that six ravens must guard the tower at all times, or else the kingdom (as in the United Kingdom) will fall. Keep an eye out for the ravens who roam the grounds.
Go early as it gets very busy
Nearby French bistro has delicious food
of the guard and he was a lovely man. Well worth the visit.