Tower of London

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What to look for at the Tower of 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...

  • Ravens

    1. Ravens

    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!

  • Beefeaters

    2. Beefeaters

    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!

  • Crown Jewels

    3. Crown Jewels

    The Jewel House boasts the monarchy's most exquisite treasures, including the Imperial Crown. Admission is included with your Tower of London ticket.

  • Execution site

    4. Execution site

    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.

  • Ghosts

    5. Ghosts

    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...

Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there?

    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.

  • How long to visit?

    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!

  • How much does it cost?

    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!

Good to know

  • 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.

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What people are saying about Tower of London

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 10,529 reviews

George was very entertaining and certainly knew his stuff regarding ghosts! He made a point of talking individually to all of his guests, to make everyone feel made welcome.

So easy to buy tickets online and print off. Friendly staff at The Tower of London itself, who can’t fo enough to help. Great value for money too.

easy to get River pass from Westminster and just showed the pass at the museums in Greenwich. very easy and enjoyable day, would recommend.

Lula our guide did a great job, he tells a great story, he should be promoted to an even better tour in the future.

I really like the man that entertained us with the stories of the buildings and made us laugh as well.