Tower of London

Home to the Crown Jewels, Beefeaters, plenty of ravens, and scores of gruesome tales, this fortress is a must-see.

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Tower of London: Our most recommended tours and activities

London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

1. London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

Take a tour of the timeless Tower of London – part of British history since the 11th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1086 by William the Conqueror.  Discover London’s castle – a secure fortress, royal palace, and infamous prison. Spot the ravens that live on the premises and find out why they are known as the guardians of the Tower. Stroll across Tower Green to see where many executions took place, including those of 2 of Henry VIII's wives. You will also have access to the inside of the tower. Prepare to be dazzled by the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. These priceless symbols of the British Monarchy compose the greatest working collection of crown jewels in the world. Pore over the 23,578 gems, including the glistening Imperial State Crown - this piece alone has 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies. Gain valuable insights into the Towers History from some of its most famous residents, The Yeoman Body. Whilst Tours may be currently unavailable, the Yeoman Warders will be on hand to provide fascinating stories of the Tower through the ages.

London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

2. London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

Climb aboard a sightseeing boat at Westminster Pier and cruise through the heart of London, admiring the many sights along the River Thames along the way. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Bankside Pier before arriving at Tower Bridge Quay. Catch sights of St. Paul's Cathedral, The Shard, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, and much more en route. Choose a 1-way trip to Tower Bridge Quay or opt for a round-trip cruise and return to Westminster. Listen to the live audio commentary from your captain and make use of the state-of-the-art facilities onboard the boat.   Benefit from regular departures from Westminster Pier every hour along with ideal viewing opportunities from the open top deck of the modern "Sapele" and "Mercuria" vessels or the open deck of the traditional "Sarah Kathleen." Each vessel features a bar serving light refreshments to purchase.

London: London by Night Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour

3. London: London by Night Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour

Experience London’s grand architecture and vibrant atmosphere which are impressive by day, and which truly come alive at night. Add a spark to your London trip and enjoy this city tour aboard an open-top bus. See the famous landmarks lit up against the night sky. Witness the Tower of London and Tower Bridge standing proud amongst the skyline and feel a thrill as you glide past the monumental Big Ben. Witnessthe fountains of Trafalgar Square dance with joy from the light that shines within them, and let the neon screens of Piccadilly Circus dazzle and thrill. As you pass Harrods, witness the exquisite lights which are evocative of Christmas, even in summer. Learn about the history of landmarks like St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey from your guide and hear fascinating stories about the city. Embark on a fun and informative tour suitable for families and groups of friends.

London: Tower of London Beefeater Welcome & Crown Jewels

4. London: Tower of London Beefeater Welcome & Crown Jewels

Experience the Crown Jewels, the famous ravens and incredible royal history on this tour of the Tower led by an expert English-speaking local guide. Beat the crowds with your early access ticket and witness as history comes alive at the Tower of London. Your guide for part of the tour will be a Yeoman Warder, better known as a Beefeater. Prepare to be awed as they share with stories about the site. Ask questions, and take a peek into what a day in the life of a Beefeater is like. Feel the thrill of seeing the world famous Crown Jewels, Ravens Den and White Tower. Learn about the notorious Tower Executions site, and take a walk on the historic battlements. Explore other attractions at your leisure after the tour, like the Towers Mint, Bloody Tower and Medieval Palace.

Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

5. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivaled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction). Departure times vary for the river cruise. You can board the river cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16), Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier (near stop 18) and the London Eye Pier (near stop 11). Big Bus route highlights include Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Covent Garden, Bank of England, Monument, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, City Hall, Lambeth Palace, British Museum, Marble Arch, Mayfair, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, South Kensington Museums, Kensington Palace and Notting Hill.

London: Ghost Walk and Spooky River Thames Boat Ride

6. London: Ghost Walk and Spooky River Thames Boat Ride

Feel shivers down your spine on a ghost walk around the haunted and historic sights of London. Follow the shadows to some of the darkest corners of the city on a 2-hour walking tour and boat ride. Cruise in luxury along the River Thames aboard a boat with an on-board bar. See London's legendary attractions illuminated for the evening against the black night sky. Discover the site of the most haunted house and creep through parks rich with horrific history.  End the night at the royal castle and former prison of the Tower of London.  

London: Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater

7. 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.

London: River Thames Sightseeing Cruise

8. London: River Thames Sightseeing Cruise

You can take in many of London's world-famous landmarks whilst relaxed in the comfort of a modern, all-weather and wheelchair-friendly sightseeing boat. Informative commentary featuring colorful tales of the city's past will keep your mind engaged as you cruise down the Thames! Cruises depart regularly from Westminster and Tower Pier and will arrive at Greenwich pier after approximately 40 minutes. See sights along the Southbank as you board for your single one-way cruise. Sailings occur every day of the year except for Christmas Day. Begin your journey at Tower Pier, located perfectly next to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Cruise under Tower Bridge where the perfect picture opportunity presents itself grab a refreshment from the onboard bar and relax as you weave through the heart of London and discover fascinating history around every bend. Disembark At Greenwich Pier where you can explore Greenwich at your own leisure. Visit some of Greenwich's extraordinary sights such as the Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum. perhaps stroll through Greenwich Market towards Greenwich Park where The Queens House awaits.

London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

9. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover what London has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of the English capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with audio commentary available on board. Choose from a selection of tickets and routes. You can also explore London on foot with a live guide with a choice of 3 daily walking tours (included in Premium & Deluxe tickets). Walking Tours last about 1.5-2 hours. Changing of the Guard Walking Tour – 10 AM – Stop 7 (Trafalgar Square) Royal Platinum Jubilee Walk – 1 PM – Stop 1 (Green Park Underground) Jack the Ripper – 4 PM – Stop 16 (Tower of London) Classic Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Premium Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Deluxe Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 3 days (72 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Discover London via 3 specially-designed routes covering over 45 stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. Blue Route The Blue Route is a comprehensive route covering all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East. Stops include Harrods, the South Kensington Museums, and Madame Tussauds. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. River Cruise A Classic ticket includes a river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction) whilst the Premium and Deluxe tickets include a Single river cruise between Westminster and the Tower of London (in either direction). The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. See top London attractions lining the Thames, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Premium Plus ticket types. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set. The tour departs daily at 06:00 PM from bus stop 11 at The London Eye.

Tower of London: Early Access Tour with Opening Ceremony

10. 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.

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 17,349 reviews

The guide (Ben) and the Beefeaters were really knowledgeable and friendly, we learned a lot of really interesting stuff and it was all done at a very manageable pace for anyone.

The tour was fun, informative, and intriguing! Our tour guide, Alex, had a vast knowledge of history that really put the ghost stories into question.

The stories were very well told by our guide Alex, learning the history of London was facinating too

Amazing tour and very worthy, you guy must try it for the first time in London

Saw a lot of historic places. The guide was quite funny.