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London: Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater

1. London: Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater

Explore one of the oldest monuments in London on an early morning guided tour of the Tower of London, and see the Crown Jewels before the crowds arrive. Skip the long lines to the legendary site, where 3 English queens were executed, and get a brief introduction to the origins of the attraction before you meet one of the Yeomen Warders, more commonly known as Beefeaters. Learn about the traditions of these elite guardsmen, historically responsible for the prisoners at the tower and for safeguarding the Crown Jewels. Journey through centuries of British history and see where Guy Fawkes was put on trial. Marvel at magnificent orbs, swords, rings, crowns and scepters used for royal ceremonies and coronations. Stay at the Tower of London to explore at your own pace once your official tour is over.

Tower of London: Early Access Tour with Opening Ceremony

2. Tower of London: Early Access Tour with Opening Ceremony

Start the tour with skip-the-line, early entrance into the Tower. Stand inside the Traitor's Gate with a small group of visitors and watch the ancient military ceremony that officially opens the tower every day. After a quick introduction from the Yeoman Warders who guard the palace, stroll straight into the Jewel House and be among the first people to see the Crown Jewels. There are no crowds, so after you guide tells you what to look out for, you can take your time and soak in one of the most dazzling collections of riches in the world. Then take a full tour around the Tower of London. Start with the site where many royal heads were removed on the old execution block and learn the poignant stories behind the deaths of people like Anne Boleyn and Sir Walter Raleigh. Head up to the Bloody Tower to see where Sir Walter spent 13 years of his life and down into the basements where enemies of the crown were tortured in a dungeon that contains examples of actual medieval torture devices. After a walk along the walls, which includes a peek inside the restored bedroom of Edward I (a must for medieval history enthusiasts), meet the Tower’s resident ravens and get an archers' eye view out over the old moat. Step into the castle keep, or White Tower, for a full tour of a wonderfully-preserved Norman castle. See swords, armor, and royal regalia so as you visit each room.

London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

3. London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

See all that London has to offer with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Enjoy a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS • The View from the Shard • Tower of London • 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour • Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle • Westminster Abbey • London Bridge Experience • Tower Bridge Exhibition • ZSL London Zoo • Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre • Royal Albert Hall • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Old Royal Naval College • The Painted Hall • Cutty Sark • Kew Gardens • Hampton Court Palace • Apsley House • Benjamin Franklin House • The Royal Mews • Eltham Palace • Jewel Tower • The Monument to The Great Fire of London • Golden Hinde • Wellington Arch • Chelsea Physic Garden MUSEUMS & GALLERIES • London Transport Museum • Foundling Museum • Household Cavalry Museum • Charles Dickens Museum • Guards Museum • Cartoon Museum • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art • Wernher Collection at Ranger's House • Fan Museum • London Canal Museum • London Museum of Water and Steam • Garden Museum • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • Queen's Gallery • Pollocks Toy Museum • The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium) • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Curzon Bloomsbury • Curzon Mayfair Cinema • Curzon Soho Cinema • Swingers Crazy Golf (City and West End venues) • Sherlock: The Official Live Game • Fuller's Brewery Tour • 20+ London Sights and enoy Fish & Chips - Top Sights Tours • 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours • Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours • Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip • Kia Oval Ground Tour • London Bicycle Tour • London Bicycle Hire • Brit Movie Tours • QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl • Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum • Wembley Stadium Tours & more! Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

Tower of London and Tower Bridge VIP Early-Access Tour

4. Tower of London and Tower Bridge VIP Early-Access Tour

Feel like a VIP on an exclusive, early access tour of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge in central London. Meet your guide at Tower Hill Underground Station. Then, skip the lines to London’s most historic royal palace at the Tower of London. Watch the official opening ceremony by the Yeoman Warders. Go inside to look at the Crown Jewels without the crowds. Then, walk over to Tower Bridge and skip-the-lines to the Tower Bridge Experience. Learn the history of London’s most famous bridge, and enjoy panoramic views down the River Thames. Look inside the Victorian Engine Rooms to see the coal-driven engines that used to power the opening of the bridge. See exhibits that explain the workings and history of Tower Bridge for a more immersive experience.

London: Go City Explorer Pass for 2 to 7 Attractions

5. London: Go City Explorer Pass for 2 to 7 Attractions

Get your London Explorer Pass, a digital credits package, and create your own city itinerary. Redeem your credits against 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions from a selection of over 65 monuments, tours, cruises, dining experiences, and more. Choose from a variety of venues, including the Tower of London, the Shard, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Get instructions on how to plan your itinerary and have 60 days to use your attraction credits starting with your first choice. Save up to 35% with each visit equaling 1 credit used. Choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions from the following list: Popular attractions: • 1-day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus tour • Tower of London • The View from the Shard • Kensington Palace • Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Theatre Tour • St Paul’s Cathedral • Thames River Cruise (City Cruises Thames River Pass) • Tower Bridge Exhibition • Westminster Abbey • The London Bridge Experience • ZSL London Zoo Activities and Tours: • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Arsenal Stadium Tour • Up at the O2 • Benjamin Franklin House • Brit Movie Tours • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour & Museum • Curzon Cinema Bloomsbury (Renoir) • Curzon Cinema Mayfair • Curzon Cinema Soho • Kia Oval Ground Tour • London Bicycle Tour • Twickenham Stadium Tour & World Rugby Museum • Swingers Crazy Golf (West End or City venues) • Fuller's Brewery Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • 20+ London Sights and enjoy Fish & Chips - Top Sights Tours • 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours • Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours Museums and Places of Interest: • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew • Royal Observatory Greenwich • London Transport Museum • Cutty Sark • Florence Nightingale Museum • Freud Museum London • Hampton Court Palace • Household Cavalry Museum • London Bicycle Tour - Hire • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • Bermondsey Bierkeller • The Painted Hall • Old Royal Naval College • Pollock's Toy Museum • Royal Albert Hall • Garden Museum • The Guards Museum • The Monument to The Great Fire of London • The Postal Museum • Wembley Stadium Tour • Apsley House • Eltham Palace • Jewel Tower • Wellington Arch

London: Private Tour of the Tower of London

6. London: Private Tour of the Tower of London

Discover the Tower of London with a local on this private tour. Stroll along the outer walls to see the Traitor’s Gate and Tower Hill. Walk in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn and admire Henry VIII's armor. Meet your guide at the Welcome Center in the Tower of London. Start by viewing the sites on the outside of the tower. Find out how Traitor's Gate got its name. Go to Tower Hill to see where public executions of high status prisoners took place. Snap pictures of the red-uniformed Beefeaters standing guard. Uncover the many purposes the Tower of London has served such as a zoo, mint, armory, and observatory. Pass by displays of Britain’s most treasured royal artefacts. Visit William the Conqueror’s White Tower. Say hello to the resident ravens and find out why they are known as guardians of the tower.

London in a Day: Tower, Westminster & Changing of the Guard

7. London in a Day: Tower, Westminster & Changing of the Guard

Your day begins in Westminster Abbey. Take advantage of pre-reserved tickets to visit England’s most hallowed church, marveling at the tombs of national heroes, religious and royal relics, and of course, hundreds of years of royal weddings, coronations and funerals. Witness the changing of of the Queen’s Life Guard, an elite cavalry regiment, mounted on exquisitely-bred, and specially-trained horses. As you watch the guards go through the ceremony, your guide will explain the significance of everything from the armor they wear to the colors on their uniforms. Then explore Trafalgar Square, the geographic center of London and one of the city’s most iconic public spaces. Your last stop, the Tower of London, is also the most impressive. Benefit from pre-reserved tickets and immerse yourself in 1,000 years of bloody royal feuds, improbable jailbreaks, jewel heists, menacing ravens and even a ghost or two. Discover hair-raising stories of this royal stronghold, jail, zoo and occasional execution block, including the mystery of two lost boys that will send shivers down your spine. As a final treat, pause to marvel at the Crown Jewels inside the Jewel House at the Tower). These aren’t just the largest collection of coronation regalia in the world, they are also the only ones in Europe that are still in use by a Royal family.

London: Tower of London Entry, Thames Cruise & Walking Tour

8. London: Tower of London Entry, Thames Cruise & Walking Tour

Discover the best of London on this walking trip and cruise in one. See inside the Tower of London, before enjoying a trip down the River Thames on a boat tour with your guide, and then explore the city of Westminster, learning the city’s royal history. Start your tour outside the Tower of London. From crowns to confessions, the Tower of London has been keeping a watchful eye over the city and the river since its founding in 1079. Meet your guide who will give you the highlights of the fortress before you go inside to discover it on your own. Rejoin your guide for a relaxing cruise on the River Thames with your group as you hear the stories of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Romans, and the impact this river has had on the lives of Londoners since its banks were first settled. Afterward, take a walking tour of the iconic landmarks that dot the streets of Westminster. See Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, all paired with incredible stories, anecdotes, and history gems shared by an expert guide.

London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and Tower of London Entry

9. London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and Tower of London Entry

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where on selected days you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, and see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Go to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, HMS Belfast, and Tower Bridge. Then, step into the Tower of London, where there is an abundance of history, stories and ghosts to be found. Enter at your peril! See 30 sights in 1 day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye • Shakespeare’s Globe Theater • London Bridge • Southwark Cathedral • The Shard (tallest skyscraper in the EU) • HMS Belfast (Second World War Battleship) • Square Mile • Tower Bridge • Tower of London

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What people are saying about Royal Menagerie, Tower of London

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 698 reviews

Gina was amazing!! She knew so much about London and everything!! But what made so great was the pride she has in her city!! It really shows!! If you want to know about London take this tour!! If you are concerned about walking she is extremely patient with you!! I have nerve damage in my leg. But she never acted liked I was slowing down the group. Can’t say enough great things!!

Wonderful tour guide named Alex. He was a former history teacher so he had a plethora of knowledge to share. Great tour, great guide, highly recommend!!!! Kathy Surace. April of 2022.

The pass is great, the prices are cheaper. However, at some attractions you have to queue at the ticket office.

Excellent, you save time and money if you go to the fullest visiting what you like, super super recommended !!

Pass was too good interesting and adventurous. I enjoyed every place that I visited.