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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...

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

Long lines to get in even with pre printed tickets

There has been some construction done on the tower, there were 4 levels with small curving staircases 2 years ago, and now the tower has only two levels.

My family in and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

We learnt a lot on the day a good bit of history...very educational for my daughters.

Very funny and informative! Loved the guide!

This tour exceeded my expectations. The guide was hilarious and shared historical information with us in a fun and engaging manner! Def recommend!!!

Comedy Horror Show: London Ghost Bus Tour Reviewed by Azaria, 06/13/2018

Excellent trip, fab views of London area & informed commentary.

Very pleasant trip and guide provided by the Cruise staff was most informative. Certainly educational relating to history of London area.

London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/09/2018

Best evening of my life and I highly recommend to all ages, amazing!!!

I had never been on a ghost tour before my I wanted to give myou dad a good night so I booked the tour for us and it was absolutely fab, I would highly recommend to anyone thinking of doig something on the weekend or even when you have some freek time on your hands, absolutely amazing!

Comedy Horror Show: London Ghost Bus Tour Reviewed by Sophie, 06/05/2018

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