Absorb over 1000 years of history at the Tower of London, see the Crown Jewels, take an unforgettable Yeoman Warder tour and spot the ravens.
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Top sights in 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!
The Jewel House boasts the monarchy's most exquisite treasures, including the Imperial Crown. Admission is included with your Tower of London ticket.
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...
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.
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!
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!
- When should I visit?
Hours vary by time of year:
March 1-October 31
Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
Sunday-Monday: 10:00AM-5:30 PM
November 1-February 28
Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Sunday-Monday, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM
Holiday hours may vary
- 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
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!"
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!
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.
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.
Catherine and Georgie were amazing - they kept our groups engaged and enthralled by their vivid and lively stories about the history of the Tower. The Crown Jewels and armouries were unbelievably impressive - quite out of this world! A fabulous experience - made exceptional by the wonderful guides - highly recommended!