Tower of London
Tower of London
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Tower of London is a 1,000 year old castle that protects the Crown Jewels. Throughout its long history, it was a secure fortress, a royal palace, and an infamous prison. Kings and queens demonstrated their power from here, shaping society and influencing our world. Today within the walls of this mighty fortress you can see the spectacular displays of the Jewel House, the Tower’s Mint and the Royal Armouries (including the armours of Henry VIII). Meet the Yeoman Warders, who have guarded this castle for centuries, and the Tower’s symbolic guardians – the Ravens.
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The area
Neighbourhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighbourhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Tower Hill • 3 min walk
  • Tower Gateway • 4 min walk
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  • som
    Lund, Sweden59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating history
    Our party of 2 adults and 2 teenagers spent 5.5 hrs here exploring all buildings. The Yeoman’s talks were amusing and informative inspiring us to research English history in more detail. Id like to say the highlight was the crown jewels but I think for me, it is the history- Henry VIII, Richard III, Lady Jane Grey and the royal beasts.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • makeitspecial
    Englefield, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    Lots to see and do. Ticket great value as everything included. Yeoman of the guard tour a must do! Our guide was informative and very entertaining. Worth queuing to see Crown Jewels and other treasures. Plenty to see in White Tower (mostly armoury). Info around the place is bite size and informative. I believe there’s an audio tour (which we didn’t do). Cafe good: extensive selection of hot and cold food plus good (homemade?) scones and cakes. Good day out (we were there several hours).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Vanessa F
    Netheravon, United Kingdom92 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tower of London Jewel of the crown
    So I have tried 4 times in my lifetime to visit and in particularly the Jewels. Managed it today after the typical British queue system . Liked the travelator in crown room could be done elsewhere too. Ideally needs more seating along queue routes . Need more than one day to see it all. History at its best. Sad to see Ravens are caged . But can understand why.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Ruben
    87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Above my expectations
    The first time I came to London I thought it was more than enough to just see the Tower from afar. This time I actually went in and it was a lot more interesting than I expected. My 7-years-old son decided we had to see everything on the map. I would have skept some parts, but he insisted. We spent there nearly four hours, including bathroom brakes, lunch and souvenir shopping. If you have an hour or two, it should be enough to see the highlights: the Crown jewels, the White tower and the ravens.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • jayem76
    Leeds, United Kingdom129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be prepared to queue!
    I had visited the Tower before, but I was very young, and don't really remember much, so I decided to have another visit. I decided to do the Crown Jewels first, but even then there was still quite a large queue, but still we (me and my Mum) joined. No photography is allowed inside the Jewel House, for security purposes, and to protect the jewels themselves. I guess the recent Coronation of King Charles III has sparked extra interest. After viewing the Jewels we proceeded to explore the rest of the Tower, seeing most of what there is to see. There are queues to see some other parts. We noticed quite a large queue at the Torture in the Tower exhibit, but we didn't go in there. As the vast majority of The Tower is outside, good weather is needed in order to be able to explore properly. We looked at the weather forecast for the days we were in London, and picked the best day for the forecast, and we were fine. Before our entry time slot we had time for a sit down in front of the Tower beside the River Thames, taking in some of the sights of the river such as Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and The Shard, so maybe allow a little time after your Tower visit for a nice relax on the river bank with a drink or an ice cream
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Rita P
    Lincoln, United Kingdom310 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bringing History to Life.
    Pre-booked our tickets and decided to visit early on in the day to avoid the queues. The whole place is enchanting and steeped in history. You can have a Beefeater tour, and their knowledge is second to none. You do have to be fairly fit to be able to explore many parts of the site, and there are a lot of steps, but it was a truly fascinating place to explore, with the crown jewels being centre stage. There are a couple of places to regenerate the batteries, and a coffee cost £3.20. Well worth a visit and there a few hands on activities for children too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • JW42
    Espoo, Finland68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take time to listen to the Yeomen of the Guard guided walk
    Our Yeomen of the Guard guided walk was really rewarding. And it was quite a show she put on. Easy five stars! There is really a lot to see at the Tower of London. We had booked an afternoon entrance, and that was far too late to see more that the Crown jewels, the white tower and the church. The day we visited the lie to the crown jewels was around 30 minutes. But had we left the crown jewels for last, then there would have been no queue at all.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Maree & Bec W
    Australia12 contributions
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    Getting locked in the tower....BRILLIANT!!!!
    We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Tower of London. We were lucky enough to experience the tower during the day and at night during the Ceremony of the Keys (a must do if you can get tickets!). The crown jewels were brilliant, especially so soon after the King's coronation. It helped to give context to each of the pieces we saw up close. There is a line to see the jewels but it moves quickly. A tour with a Yeoman Warder is an absolute must! Nev, our Yeoman Warder, was not only very entertaining but also a font of interesting facts about the tower. The passion Nev and his fellow Yeoman Warders have for their roles is fantastic! Loved the jokes as well! You will not be disappointed when visiting the Tower of London! If only they offered sleepovers!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • David P
    Phoenix, Arizona216 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get There EARLY if in summer
    Pro Tip: get the earliest time-entry ticket possible, and go directly to the crown jewels. We walked right in, and had a nice, leisurely stroll through the amazing collection. Some items were missing, but we saw them latter in Buckingham Palace, which had much of the coronation regalia. The collection is mind-boggling, especially considering that Oliver Cromwell destroyed the previous set (an interesting story on its own). Beyond the Crown Jewels, the castle (with multiple towers) has a fantastic and ancient history. We learned a great deal during our visit. The audio tour is quite good. As an aside (far aside), we saw the musical SIX a few days prior, and it was interesting to see the connections.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 4 August 2023
  • owlesey
    Rolleston, New Zealand955 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full of amazing history
    Very busy place in summer but so worth it. I do wish we had paid the money to be part of a tour. You do need min a couple of hours to see around. Full of such amazing history and the Crown Jewels are a site.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
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AKJNRM
Preston, UK12 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
Such a great place to visit in many ways. The staff are excellent and really know their stuff. The guides answered lots of questions from my children (age range 3-16) and were incredibly engaging.

They do need to sort out the Armed Forces Discount- our neighbour (serving officer) and family were let in for free last week; we (also serving officer) just got a discounted price).

However what really ruined a five star rating was the awful organisation of the queue for The Crown Jewels. We queued for about 80mins. There is no entertainment or really interesting things to look at- once you are inside there are a few displays but with minimal information. This exhibit should really have a timed entry to avoid such a lengthy queue. This exhausted our children and our patience!

We spent about 3 hours there; we didn’t visit the cafe etc. Almost 50% of the time was spent queuing for the one exhibit. We went the Bayeux this summer and saw the tapestry which was far more organised and significantly better value!

Your guides and staff saved the day but the Historic Places need to do a lot better.
Written 2 January 2020
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Keir S
London, UK256 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Couples
I have lived in London almost 10 years and have always had Tower of London on my doorstep so never got around to do it and I’m SO glad I finally have.

We started our tour with the Yeoman Warder who was incredible. He made the door so engaging through his theatrics and incredibly projected voice.

The tour started by the entrance gate and ended in the central court by the White Tower and took roughly 45 mins. I definitely recommend tagging along, it doesn’t cost extra and you learn quite a lot more.

I also recommend queuing for the Crown Jewels as soon as you can as they can get quite long so best get them out of the way earlier rather than later.

There is SO much to see around the Tower and loads of interesting rooms to read about. Our entire visit took around 3.5 hours but you can easily spend more or less than that.

So much history and interesting stories in one location so I would thoroughly recommend a visit for residents and tourists alike
Written 21 August 2021
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lentheman
Penyffordd, UK593 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We had been here about 20 years ago when the kids were small so decided to go by ourselves this time. We had printed 2 for 1 vouchers from the Days Out website which gets you both in for the price of one with a current rail ticket. Entrance otherwise is £27.50 or £30.20 with a donation. I asked what the donation was for and was told it was for the upkeep of the Tower. Why they don't just add it to the ticket price then I have no idea. There is lots to see in the Tower which is divided into several parts including the Crown Jewels but you must not miss the free guided tours by one of the Beefeaters who are funny and bring the Tower to life. You could easily spend all day in here if you wanted. Happy that I went for £30 for us both but not sure I would have paid £60
Written 13 January 2020
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Chocky59
West Midlands, UK591 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Couples
Have visited quite a few times over last 50 years and always find a new bit of information! This time wasn’t planned but nether the less very enjoyable. ( Corona virus put paid to Yorkshire visit!) Yeoman tours this time of year start every hour at half past the hour. Our Yeoman of the Guard Clive was on top form and be proud of your job we enjoyed your hour long talk. Already knew things about Tower and was pleasantly surprised to know a few more bits after Clive’s presentation.
Didn’t do White Tower as did couple years ago and had changed then as a lot less armour in there think it’s gone to Leeds.
Jewel House had altered their format and was much better for visitors to get excellent views. Do they hire that punch bowl out I wonder as you can get 144 bottles of wine in it! Lol perfect for a celebration bbq when this Corona Virus ceases!!!!
Ravens were in form squawking around and flying in and out their pens. Visited Armouries Cafe loads of seats had tuna & cucumber sandwich which was a bit hard priced £3.95 tea was £2.20 and a scone with butter £2.20 was nice.
Fusilier Museum,Torture Tower, Traitors Gate, Royal Mint worth a visit and spent around 4 hours there for just viewing those few things. So allow plenty of time if viewing everything. (Train ticket you can get buy 1 get 1 free still on offer. )
Written 15 March 2020
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Sidney
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you are in London then you have to go to the Tower of London! Not only does it look incredible from the outside and inside, but it also has a fascinating history very vital to England
I know a lot of people go there to see the crown jewels, and they are cool to see for sure, but me personally, I found other parts of the castle more interesting than the jewels.
You can do an optional free tour with one of the Beefeaters, and I highly recommend that because they are hilarious but also give great information and insight into what it is like to live there.
There are so many different parts of the castle, with different histories, and you can pretty much walk through the entire thing. I didn't buy an audio guide, but you can still get so much information from the plaques, the workers, games, and small movies throughout the castle.
You can spend as little or much time as you'd like there. I got there on a Sunday, right at 10 when it opened, and I spent about 4 hours there. That was me seeing everything and reading almost every plaque.
I definitely think kids and adults would like it, but some of the information is probably not suitable for really young children as it can get slightly gruesome.
Overall, it's a fantastic sight and piece of history and I recommend touring it
Written 23 January 2020
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Pinayaq
Dayton, OH146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
My husband and I took a self-guided tour of the tower and got audio guides for a minimal fee. The place is enormous so plan to spend a couple of hours here if you choose to see all the buildings in the compound. The interior of the buildings are spectacular and the history attached to it are even more interesting to hear. The grounds are gorgeous and are well maintained. Not to be missed are the Crown Jewels which is absolutely breath taking. Photography is not allowed in the Crown Jewels but is allowed in most of the other buildings. Some of the buildings have steep, narrow staircases that may not be suitable for people with mobility issues. There are plenty of restrooms, gift shops and snack shops on the grounds. Take advantage of pictures with beefeaters and the guards outside the Crown Jewels.
Written 25 April 2020
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Annie143Florida
Sedona, AZ532 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Friends
A visit to the Tower of London is fascinating. It was suggested that we arrive early in the morning and go straight to see the Crown Jewels. We are so happy that followed that advice. By the early afternoon, the line to see the jewels rivaled a Disney park at peak time. We took the Yeoman tour and highly recommend that any visitor do the same. The Yeoman was John Kelly and he made the tour enjoyable for children and adults. He had a wonderful wit and had the crowd laughing during the tour. We learned that the Yeoman are military personnel and are there to protect the Tower. They are not merely tour guides. Highly recommended.
Written 1 January 2020
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Maree
Greater Melbourne, Australia28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
No crowds in December! It was very cold, but worth it to just have space to move around. Go to the Crown Jewels first. Even in Winter, we really noticed a difference around 11-12pm when the tour group buses rolled in. The Crown Jewels were amazing, and I loved the moving platform you stood on to pass on by for a look. Our 10 & 13 year old probably road that around 10 times while waiting for the adults to read everything. There was a interesting video with real footage of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
After this, the Yeoman Free Tour was brilliant! It was hard to work out the meeting place, so give yourselves heaps of time to find it.
Our kids loved the crows, for some reason, but don't feed them!
Rug up for a cold day in the wind, but it really is a good experience.
Written 20 January 2020
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3 629 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This was our third visit to the Tower of London. We had travelled to the tower onboard a Big Bus hop, hop off bus. The bus stop is on the hill above the tower and there is just a short walk down the hill to the tower’s main entrance.
Despite there being many people in the vicinity, we were able to quickly gain entry to the tower’s ground by using our London Passes which were simply scanned as we entered.
Once inside the tower’s outer walls, we were amazed to find the grounds quite crowded. The line to view the Crown Jewels was several hundred metres long. We estimated that we would have had to queue for well over an hour to get into the chamber where the jewels are secured. Fortunately we had viewed the Crown Jewels during both of our previous two visits to the tower. Consequently, we didn’t bother to join the queue this time. Instead, we spent quite a bit of time viewing the various exhibits within the White Tower. We also walked along part of the tower’s walls and again enjoyed the views from there.
When it was time to rest our legs, it was actually quite difficult to find somewhere to sit, simply because there were so many visitors at the tower on this particular Sunday afternoon.
After watching the antics of the famous tower ravens for a short time, we visited two of the gift shops, before heading to the exit.
We thoroughly enjoyed our third visit to the Tower of London. Because the place is steeped in so much history, it never ceases to fascinate!
Written 20 January 2020
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Bazzarutto
Jersey, UK193 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Having read the reviews, we should have got some vouchers, been there for the opening gates and taken a Beefeater tour. Unfortunately we hadn’t read the reviews before we left!

We had wanted to visit the Tower of London for a long time so we were very much looking forward to it. We had booked our tickets online, thinking that as well as saving some money, it would also save us considerable time when arriving at the Tower.

Unfortunately this was not the case. Unless you have printed the tickets off at home, you’re required to go to the group booking window to exchange your email vouchers for actual tickets. On the day we visited we would have been much quicker just going to an ordinary ticket window where the queues were far less than the long queue of people doing exactly the same as us.

When we eventually made it into the tower we were really looking forward to visiting the crown jewels but also the torture chamber. This proved to be a huge disappointment for us.

The torture chamber consists of one small room with a rack in it and a few other bits and pieces. To say that this was an anti-climax would be an understatement. We left the torture chamber, as quickly as we had arrived in it given it is so small, and walked around the corner to go and visit the crown jewels.

As we rounded the corner we were presented with a really long line of people. We were curious as to what all these people were doing and upon enquiring with one of the helpful staff, It became clear that this in fact was the queue for the crown jewels! We were astonished! The queue at the entrance to the crown jewels is operated using a snake pattern akin to any attraction. However after the snake pattern this queue then carried on the entire length of the Tower of London to the wall closest to the river whereupon it then came back upon itself nearly all the way back to the building where the jewels are housed. There was no way we were ever going to have time to stand in the queue for so long. So it is with sadness and disappointment that we left the towel without having seen the crown jewels.

Generally I think the Tower of London is a tourist trap that offers very poor value for money and you would be much better spending your time and money elsewhere. Or read the reviews first maybe!
Written 13 January 2020
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