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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

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

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.

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...

Tower of London: Our 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 to 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.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    *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

Nice cruise but still had to queue for tickets after booking online!

Having read a poor review regarding online booking, I actually submitted a question online to enquire if I would still have to queue for tickets if I booked online. I was assured I would not, so I booked and paid online to save time and received my mobile vouchers. Our party of four then missed the ticket queue and got in line for the boat. Just as we reached the front to board we were then told we had to head back up the gangway to queue for tickets. This took some time. One girl didn't know how to deal with it, and her male colleague took quite some time to photograph each voucher with his phone before issuing paper tickets. After all this we had to queue all over again to board. It was shocking and one of our party was elderly with some mobility problems. Why on earth in this day and age could our mobile vouchers not be scanned on boarding the boat? It was a disgraceful and disappointing shambles!

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River Thames Cruise was the best option for a summer day.

River Thames Cruise was the best option for a summer day. We were a group of adults, teenagers and children, and we all enjoyed it due to the fresh air, an engaging story of the guide, some snacks and drinks available aboard. Highly recommended!

River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Valiantsina, 08/14/2017

Great way to see key tourist hot spots in London

Excellent way of seeing the sights; great guides and flexibility to hop on and off at different piers is great!

River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Lindsay, 07/31/2017

Great experience, great day out, loved it!

We had a lovely time! Your staff were fantastic and we were made to feel v welcome. Lovely sandwiches and cakes. Will highly recommend

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London: Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise on the Thames Reviewed by Jill, 07/24/2017

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