The Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Tower of London
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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Tower of London

Nestled in the heart of the vibrant London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the Tower of London offers a fascinating glimpse into England's storied past. From special ticket price offers to events, this guide has all the information you will need to plan your visit.

Attractions at the Tower of London

Explore the royal history

The Tower of London has been a royal palace, prison, armoury, and even a zoo. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066, it has played a pivotal role in British history. Visitors can walk in the footsteps of kings and queens and explore the rooms where historical events unfolded.

Marvel at the Crown Jewels

One of the Tower’s main attractions is the breathtaking collection of Crown Jewels. These priceless treasures, including the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s Sceptre, are still used in royal ceremonies today. The dazzling display offers a rare opportunity to see these magnificent symbols of monarchy up close.

Meet the Beefeaters

The Yeoman Warders, commonly known as Beefeaters, are the ceremonial guardians of the Tower. These friendly guides provide entertaining and informative tours and share captivating stories and legends about the Tower’s past. Don’t miss the chance to take a photo with them!

Witness the Ceremony of the Keys

Experience the ancient Ceremony of the Keys, a 700-year-old tradition in which the main gates of the Tower are locked each night. This unique ritual, performed by the Chief Yeoman Warder, vividly reminds visitors of the Tower’s historical importance and its role in protecting the Crown Jewels. Tickets for the Ceremony of the Keys must be pre-booked in advance and are available only online.

Gun salutes

Gun salutes are magnificent ceremonies commemorating significant national events such as royal birthdays, weddings, and state visits. To ensure you witness these impressive displays, here are the scheduled dates you should mark on your calendar.

Family visits at the Tower of London

This attraction offers a variety of activities for all ages: Interactive displays, engaging exhibitions, and special events make it a fantastic destination for families. Buggy parks can be found in the following areas and are marked on the Tower map: At the entrance to the White Tower under the wooden stairs At Middle Drawbridge

Ticket information and opening times

To avoid long lines, it's recommended to buy tickets in advance. Ticket prices start at £34.80 for adults. Members of our Club can enjoy 25% off at English Heritage sites. If you meet specific criteria, you might be eligible for a £1 ticket.

Guided tours with the Beefeaters are included in the ticket price and run every 30 minutes. For a more detailed experience, consider booking a private tour or a night tour to see the Tower in a different light.

The Tower is open from 9 AM (10 AM on Sundays and Mondays) to 5:30 PM. Opening times do vary depending on the time of year, making it worth checking the website for details.

Food and beverages at the Tower of London

If you’re feeling peckish, there are numerous food and beverage options in and near the Tower of London, like the New Armouries Café, offering a range of both hot and cold foods. Vegan and vegetarian options are available.

During your visit, you'll find several parks and green spaces nearby where you can relax and enjoy a picnic. Not sure what foods to pack? We’ve got you covered! We provide a list of 45 of the best picnic foods.

Where to stay near the Tower of London

Our gorgeous Theobads Park Club Site is a short 22-minute drive away from this attraction. This convenient distance also allows you to explore London’s attractions in its entirety, allowing you to enjoy the perfect blend of city and countryside.


For anyone who requires their four-legged friend to accompany them, guide dogs are welcome. While the Tower accommodates wheelchair users where possible, there are a large number of stairs and steps throughout the tower. For more details on how the tower accommodates for individuals with accessibility needs, click here.

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