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What to look for at the Tower of London

Few buildings have played a more pivotal role in London's history than its Tower. Boasting a millenium's worth of treacherous tales and host to the exquisite Crown Jewels, it survives as one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions. Keep an eye out for these...


Fun fact: If the ravens ever leave the Tower then it'll fall down! OK, perhaps "fact" isn't the word, but these birds are so important that they even have a designated guard!


The Tower of London guards are commonly known as Beefeaters, and they're more guides than guards these days. Call them Yeoman Warders instead for preferential treatment!

Crown Jewels

The Jewel House boasts the monarchy's most exquisite treasures, including the Imperial Crown. Admission is included with your Tower of London ticket.

Execution site

Despite the Tower's grisly reputation, there were relatively few executions. Most of the heads rolled on Tower Hill to the north, where the old scaffold site is commemorated.


OK, this is a tough one, but some famous apparitions include Anne Boleyn and Henry VI! Sightings have dwindled recently, leading to the belief that ghosts don't like tourists...

Our insider tips

How to get there?

Near Tower Bridge, the Tower of London's nearest Tube station is Tower Hill on the District and Circle lines. It can also be reached by taking the DLR to Tower Gateway.

How long to visit?

There are 12 acres and a lot to see within the walls of the Tower of London. History buffs could easily spend a full day there! Although you could feasibly rush through it in three hours, we'd recommend setting aside at least six to do an official Beefeater tour. Some areas, such as the chapel, can't be accessed any other way!

How much does it cost?

Tower of London tickets normally cost £22 (with concessions available). However, admission is also included with the London Pass, which comes with the added bonus of not having to queue!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    9:00AM to 5:30PM in the high season (March 1st through October 31st), 9:00AM to 4:30PM in the low season (November 1st through February 28th). On Sundays and Mondays, it's open from 10:00AM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Entry tickets are around £22.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. It's worth checking out these best-selling tours:
  • How to get there
    The District and Circle lines on the Tube, as well as the DLR, lead to Tower Hill and Tower Gateway stations respectively.
  • Additional information
    *Be careful if it has been raining - some surfaces could be slippery.
    *Wear good shoes, as you will be climbing quite a lot of stairs and walking on some uneven surfaces.

What people are saying about Tower of London

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Great experience, even saw the changing of the guards, and you can tour at your pace.

The tour was lots of fun with many laughs.

The tour was great. There were lighting and sound effects on the bus. Lots of laughs and a few screams The actors played their roles well.

Comedy Horror Show: London Ghost Bus Tour Reviewed by Vicki, 02/21/2018

It was an amazing and very informational experience.

Everything was really good, but I did not know that I had to convert my printed ticket (the one that was e-mailed to me) into a voucher. I almost missed the cruise, because I had to go to the ticket office 5 minutes before departure. I also imagined that the roundtrip cruise would consist of the cruise boat doing a circle, I did not know that I had to get off at one of the piers and take the next boat, so this caused some confusion as well. Overall, it was a magnificent experience, but some clarification could be put down in the e-mails, sent to the people who book a cruise. I really enjoyed everything! Thank you!

very interesting loved the information about the place everyone was ma

My only problem was bought limited Christmas gift in a box supposed to come with book but they had none left which was disappointing kind regards Mary

Very good commentary throughout journey.

It was for my Mum's birthday and her and my dad went on our end years ago so it made them very happy.

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