Tower of London
Discover nearly 1,000 years of history within the ancient walls of the Tower of London. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7, the Tower of London has had many functions throughout its long history; from fortress to luxurious royal palace, to infamous prison and even a zoo! Home of the spectacular Crown Jewels and the famous Yeoman Warders, there is an abundance of attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy included in the admission ticket.
- Learn about the grizzly history of the Tower of London on a Yeoman Warder tour
- Marvel at the world-famous Crown Jewels
- Shoot arrows and brandish a sword in the interactive Armoury in Action experience
- Be shocked by stories of prisoners and the torture techniques used on them
- See the famous ravens, known as the guardians of the Tower
- Entry to all public areas of the Tower of London, including the White Tower, Bloody Tower and battlements
- Entry to the Crown Jewels
- Access to the Yeoman Warder tours
- Children's activities and trails
- Audio guide
Perhaps the most famous castle keep in the world, the White Tower was built to inspire Londoners with both fear and awe at the same time, as well as to deter foreign invaders. Here you can visit the interactive Armoury in Action experience and shoot arrows or brandish a sword.
Visit the ‘Mint: Coins and Kings’ exhibition to learn about the 500-year history of the Royal Mint at The Tower of London, and discover how Isaac Newton tried to remove counterfeiters from London when he was Warden of the Mint.
Explore the Jewel House to marvel at the collection of 23, 578 gemstones that make up the Crown Jewels. Or take a Yeoman Warder tour and learn about the fascinating history of the Tower of London, including stories of torture, imprisonment and execution.
Once London’s first zoo, and home to many exotic animals including polar bears and elephants given as royal gifts, today’s animal residents are less exotic, but equally fascinating – see the Ravens; known as the guardians of the Tower.
Before you Go
- Open daily, except on 1st January and 24-26th December
- Opening times:
- Summer (1st March - 31st October):
- Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Sunday & Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Winter (1st November - 28th February):
- Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday & Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Last admission: 30 minutes before close
- Please allow 3 hours for your visit
- Please note that student tickets are valid for those visitors aged 16 and 17 and students with a valid student card
- We do everything we can to ensure disabled visitors enjoy the full Tower experience however, the Tower of London is a historic building with difficult stairs and passageways and wheelchair access is limited. There are a large number of steps throughout the Tower with cobbles laid in some of the surfaces and pathways, as well as some low doorways
- Disabled visitors receive a concession rate admission ticket and are entitled to bring an accompanying carer free of charge. Tickets for disabled visitors and complimentary tickets for adult carers can only be obtained on the day of your visit upon presentation of proof of registered disability