London: Tower of London Tour & Thames River Cruise

Activity provider: Walks - UK

London: Tower of London Tour & Thames River Cruise

Activity provider: Walks - UK

From US$ 15.90 per person

See the famous opening ceremony and view the Crown Jewels before the crowds. Then enjoy a full tour of the Tower with an expert guide and get access to a one-way river cruise ticket.

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Duration 165 minutes
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  • Get early access to the Tower of London’s Jewel House
  • Watch the Opening Ceremony, a celebrated military ritual
  • Enjoy an expertly guided tour of the Tower of London
  • Marvel at the Crown Jewels in peace and quiet
  • Continue your adventure on a sightseeing river cruise
Full description
Skip the line for VIP entrance into the Tower of London. Once inside you’ll watch the Opening Ceremony, a notable military ritual that officially opens the famous historical edifice. Following a brief overview from the Yeoman Warders – the tower guardians – you’ll be among the first people of the day to walk into the Jewel House to experience the Crown Jewels without the crowds that come later in the day. Next, your expert guide will lead you on a complete tour of the Tower of London, beginning with the Execution Site, on Tower Green, where many a noble lost their head. As you make your way from there to the Bloody Tower (where Sir Walter Raleigh was imprisoned for 13 years) and then to the Torture Chambers, you will get a firm sense of English history in all its gruesome forms. After a walk along the famous Tower Walls and a quick look inside the refurbished bedroom of Edward I, you’ll spy a “conspiracy” of the tower’s resident ravens. Your tour ends with a highlight as you step into the White Tower (the central tower, or ‘keep’), for a full tour of a refurbished medieval castle. Your guide will leave you inside the White Tower, but you'll be able to explore the other areas of the Tower of London on your own, including the Bestiary, Beauchamp Tower, and the Fusilier Museum. As the guided tour ends, you’ll also receive a flexible one-way boat pass for a London sightseeing river cruise to be used on any day and from any pier.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • First entrance ticket for Tower of London
  • First entrance ticket for Jewel House
  • Flexible one-way London river cruise pass
  • Hotel pick-up / drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

This tour meets in front of the Tower of London shop, opposite the entrance to the Tower of London, 40 Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6DU, UK. Your guide will be holding a Walks sign.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately, guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs, or strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour
  • Please note that for security reasons, bag searches will take place
  • The tour will have a group size of 20 or fewer
  • The tour partner complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to London government guidelines for the most up-to-date information
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 106 reviews

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Good getting in early to see the jewels. No lines and the opening ceremony was fun but not anything special. They unlock the doors and you get to watch. But early arrival on a busy tourist place was great! Didn’t realize this was a walking tour of over 3 hours. No instructions on meeting. Where was clear but not who. A flag would have been nice as we were all anxious at 8:23 when we had no tour guide. When she finally arrived things seemed a bit confusing and disjointed as did much of the tour. Her knowledge was good and humorous. Most folks seemed to enjoy the tour. I found it dragged and after about an hour I took off on my own. So can’t really give a full review. I saw the tour later and all were still there and seemed engaged. I’m just not a tour type unless the person is riveting and filled with history o can’t get myself from reading the signs. Not sure it was worth $70 since most tourists didn’t arrive until 10’or so but on a very busy day it was great getting there early!

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March 26, 2023

The tour guide was waiting outside the Shop, as indicated in the instructions. She was friendly and informative. It was great being the first group allowed into the grounds. The ceremony was awesome. Our Beefeater was great, informative and funny. We went into most buildings in the grounds and heard great stories from our guide. This tour was one of the best experiences during my visit to London.

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March 26, 2023

Excellent experience to have the opportunity in a small group to see the Opening Ceremony and not to have to queue to see The Crown Jewels. Charlotte was an excellent and very knowledgeable guide, that give you a good insight into the history of The Tower of London..

March 26, 2023

Product ID: 200482