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Tower of London: Tours & Tickets

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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...

Ravens

Ravens

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!

Beefeaters

Beefeaters

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

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

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.

Ghosts

Ghosts

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: http://www.getyourguide.com/s/?q=Tower%20Of%20London
  • 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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 4,947 reviews

A glimpse of the past, and you've got to see the crown jewels!

It's described as a Fortress, a Palace, and a Prison. We got the audio tour. Excellent! There was a 1-hour+ line to see the Crown Jewels. Well worth it! The torture devices had a similar wait. So we opted out. Some interesting facts: ... Ravens are both the birds (considered good luck) and the uniquely-garbed guides (very special retired military). ... I had Millionaire Shortbread at the cafe: amazing! ... There used to be a small zoo here. So they have "chia-pet" type sculptures. ... It was established in 1066 by William the Conqueror, to say to the English people, "Hey, we're in charge now!"

Tour was awesome and a great way to beat the crowds at London Tower

We really enjoyed this tour. Nathan was one of the best guides we've had on our four week vacation. He was witty, informative, personable, and patient with all the questions people asked. He kept the tour moving, but gave plenty of time for us to look around and/or take pictures. It was great to be able to get into the Tower early and see the Beefeaters opening it up for the day. This also gave us the opportunity to get to see the crown jewels before everyone else got in.

Great tour, in early way before it got crowded

Our tour guide was awesome, if he saw you taking interest in something he’d come up to you and give even more information on it. 3rd time there but could never see the Crown Jewels because of line- sailed thru it! Special shout out to DENNIS who was amazing helping us catch up to the tour and Rob our tour guide! 3rd time in London, 1st time using your tour company-all of our tours thru you were amazing!! Thank you for making my 87 year fathers trip memorable!

A great way to see the many sights in a short trip.

Well worth the money and definitely would recommend the trip. You see many sights and we were impressed with the hop on hop off aspect of the trip. The commentary was informative and amusing. My 10 year old son loved sitting at the front of the boat and seeing so many historic sights we wouldn't have seen otherwise. We were only on a day trip and tried to fit as much sightseeing as we could. This trip covered a lot of the things we wanted to see.

You could spend a whole day there and not run out of interesting thing

We've been to the Tower of London several times now and it never fails to impress and amaze. We've never actually manages to see all of the places in there, always focusing on the crown jewels and the White Tower exhibit which was amazing this time. A lot of history in this place. The tour guides are also very entertaining. Excellent value for money.

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