- Get up close to the real Crown Jewels and royal finery
- Take a free guided tour with a Yeoman Warder
- See this UNESCO World Heritage site full of ceremony and history
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.
Legend has it that six ravens must guard the tower at all times, or else the kingdom (as in United Kingdom) will fall. The ravens are still there, and so is this nearly thousand year old complex of stocky stone structures.
There's plenty to explore here, so give yourself lots of time to roam, but the White Tower is the most striking building. Inside you'll find - among others - Henry VIII's XXXL suit of armor in the Royal Armories collection. Also note that St John's Chapel, on the first floor, dates back to 1080, making it the oldest church in London.
Though most famous for the imprisonments and beheadings held there it has, at various times, served as the royal residence, mint, menagerie, armory, observatory and as the holding place for the Crown Jewels - a function it still serves. Note that the line-ups for the Crown Jewels can be quite long, but if you can stand to wait, it's well worth it.
One can't-miss attraction keeps moving around inside the walls. And that's 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 and start near the main entrance. Be prepared for tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution, torture and other gruesome thrills.
A MORBID PAST: The Tower of London has experienced more than a few beheadings and imprisonments. All in all, 22 executions have taken place here - including two kings and three queens (that's a full house!). However, if you're really into the gruesome past, nearby Tower Hill has seen more than five times that number of executions.
Show your smartphone ticket at the main entrance gate.
Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.
- 1 November - 29 February: Tue - Sat, 09:00 - 16:30 (last admission at 16:00); Sun - Mon, 10:00 - 16:30 (last admission at 16:00)
- 1 March - 31 October: Tue - Sat, 09:00 - 17:30 (last admission 17:00); Sun - Mon, 10:00 - 17:30 (last admission at 17:00)
- 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)
The queue for the crown jewels sometimes disappears at a moment's notice. Keep an eye on it and you might get lucky!