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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 based on 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
Protesters in London caused all Tour Buses lots of problems on our trip. But the staff that greeted us at The Aldwich were professional and efficient. Once the bus arrived Shane took over and he was fantastic. What a great asset to your company. He apologised many times for events that were totally out of his control (protesters/diversions) We were on the bus much longer than we intended and missed a few things due to the diversions. The weather changed in an instant from blue skies and sunshine to heavy rain but my friends and I stayed put with Shane on the top deck, he stood up throughout. He entertained with great information and humour and even played "Its Raining Men" for us when we were totally soaked. He apologised again & kept us informed when he got off it was so very different. We could not really hear Luke and didn't actually see him - he sat somewhere but we didn't know where. It was disappointing that our £34 each trip was so badly disrupted but Shane made it great fun!
My girlfriend and I bought tickets for Saturday and my plane ended up landing late, the trains were delayed and tracks were closed, but they were nice enough to let us use our tickets the next day rather than let us in 45 minutes to close! We ended up spending 7 hours wandering around the next day. Dress for the weather because much of it is wandering outside on the battlements looking at architecture. We bought the multimedia guide and the tours were interesting and self-paced. We learned a whole rich history where before we’d only known little bits. We ate fish and chips in the Royal Armouries Cafe (delicious.) Plan to spend the whole day at the Tower of London!
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.
Ticket office at Westminster was very poorly signed. One, among many, many other tour operaters, queues every where & totally disorganised. Even for people who had prepaid & booked. The boat was shabby. Had to tip extra for a very short commentary/guide, we got. Not a guided tour but more a ferry service.
Were disappointed that agents selling your tickets on the street were very unhelpful and rude in helping us locate bus stop to start and get tickets. When we FOUND lady at Piccadilly she was most helpful.