Tower of London - Home to the Crown Jewels worth £20 billion!
A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Tower of London. With a rich thousand-year history full of intriguing tales, murderous plots and brutal medieval battles, this iconic landmark has been the setting for some of England's most sordid stories, including the imprisonment and assassinations of the royal princes in the infamous Bloody Tower.
Don't miss the opportunity to see the Line of Kings, which is London's oldest attraction and has recently been renovated back to its former glory. To book cheap Tower of London tickets, browse our offers and find the best deal for your trip.
What is the Tower of London?
A historic tower, the Tower of London is a 900-year-old castle and fortress in central London that was built to be the land’s most impenetrable castle. Built by William the Conqueror in the 1070s, the stone tower loomed over the city – and it still does.
Although nowadays it is mostly known for housing the crown jewels, the Tower of London has held and executed many famous prisoners in its time. From common criminals to overthrown kings, the Tower spared no mercy in the 16th century and was a spectacle of awe and fear.
Today, although no prisoners are held at the Tower of London (we hope!), it remains one of the most popular attractions in London and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re brave enough to visit, you can gaze at the magnificent crown jewels worn by the monarch at their coronation and the opening of Parliament, or listen to harrowing ghost stories and terrible tales of what happened in that very spot all those years ago.
What is the Tower of London famous for?
The Tower of London is known for its bloody history. The aptly named Bloody Tower is where notable prisoners such as Henry VI, Guy Fawkes, Anne Boleyn, and the Kray Twins drew their last breaths.
As the Tower hasn’t been used for gruesome purpose since 1941, it’s now home to over 23,000 jewels, officially dubbed ‘priceless’ and estimated to be worth over £20billion. As well as sparking crown jewels, the Tower of London is famous for holding an array of historic weaponry and armour kept within the White Tower.
Who guards the Tower of London?
The important job of guarding the castle is done by the Yeomen Warders (otherwise known as ‘Beefeaters’) and has been since 1485. You’ll recognise the Warders easily as they wear the signature scarlet and gold state dress uniforms.
Although there are no prisoners to guard, the Yeomen Warders still have various duties to fulfil, including the unlocking and locking the Tower every day (known as the Ceremony of the Keys) and firing the cannon on the Wharf for ceremonial Gun Salutes.
What else is there to do at Tower of London?
The Tower of London offers so much more than simply one of the most extravagant collections of priceless items anywhere in the world.
You'll also have the chance to explore the ancient battlements that surrounded the fortress, a fully stocked armoury and a fearsome torture chamber.
Take a guided tour from one of the famous Beefeaters, or visit the White Tower to see the oldest part of the castle in action. Gawk at the medieval armouries and life-sized horses, armour and swords if you wish. You can even see the Line of Kings exhibition, where the historic armour of Henry VIII and other famous monarchs is housed. If you’re brave enough, you can explore the stories of the princes and Sir Walter Raleigh in the infamous Bloody Tower.
Rumour has it that should the six ravens leave, then the crown and country will fall. Still to this day you can meet the legendary Tower Ravens that guard the grounds and ensure the stability of the monarchy: Harris, Merlina, Rocky, Gripp, Erin, Poppy, Jubilee. If you can find them, that is. If you can’t find the ravens, you can still get your animal fix at The Royal Beasts Exhibition!
How can I book tickets for Tower of London?
It’s easy to book discount tickets for Tower of London. Take a look below to find our latest offers and discounts on Tower of London tickets. Once you’ve decided on your package, you’ll be taken to a page that will let you know what to do next.
Make sure you read through the information at the bottom of the page to find out what’s included in your ticket price and let us know how many people are coming.
Then all that’s left to do is discover the Tower's mysterious past on a Yeoman Warder tour, included in the cost of Tower of London tickets.
What’s included in the ticket price?
What’s included in the ticket price will depend on which package you go for. We have 12 different options to choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find one that you love.
Whether you want a ticket to see the crown jewels, fancy a bloody trip to the London Dungeons or otherwise – just pick the ticket that you’d like, and we’ll do the rest.
What do I need to know before completing my booking?
Before completing your booking, make sure you know whose name the booking will be under. On the day, the named individual on the booking will need proof of ID for entry, so please bear this in mind when booking.
When you’re ready, click ‘Buy Tickets’ and you’ll be taken to your shopping basket. All that’s left to do is complete your booking form and fill out your personal details and billing address.
After that, simply checkout to secure your discounted ticket. Tower of London awaits your arrival – enjoy!
I’ve bought my tickets, what now?
Once you’ve completed your booking, get ready for a gruesome day out. We’ll send you an email to confirm your trip, then you’re ready to go.
To make the most of your time in Central London, it’s best to plan your trip in advance to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day.
To help you plan a royal day out, we’ve put together some of our most frequently asked questions.
Do I need to book for Tower of London?
Yes. If you’re visiting the Tower of London, you’ll need to book to secure your timeslot, especially during busy times such as school holidays.
How do I redeem my ticket on the day?
To redeem your ticket, make sure to print out your tickets that will have been sent to you via email.
Upon entry to the Tower of London, present your vouchers to one of the team at the Middle Tower Entrance who will open the trap door for you to go inside.
How long is the Tower of London tour?
The Beefeater tour around the Tower of London is approximately 60 minutes long. However, we’d recommend allowing three to four hours for your trip so you can browse the exhibitions, torture chambers and dungeons at your leisure.
Can I take pictures?
Yes! You are more than welcome to take pictures to remember the day. However, please be aware that photography in The Jewel House and The Martin Tower is prohibited for security reasons.
Can I take a bag with me?
Small bags are permitted within the attraction, but you must not take large backpacks or luggage into the Towers. There are no cloakroom facilities, so please bear this in mind and only pack the essentials (and your tickets!).
Are pushchairs allowed?
Pushchairs are permitted. However, some parts of the Tower aren’t pushchair friendly due to the uneven cobbled grounds. There are buggy parks at the White Tower where you are welcome to leave any pushchairs.
Is the Tower of London wheelchair accessible?
Whilst all visitors are welcome, due to the Tower of London attraction being almost 1,000 years old, this does regrettably mean that some parts of the attraction are not wheelchair accessible.
However, you can bring a carer into the Towers free of charge, should you wish.
Can I take in food and drink?
To protect the historic castle, food and drink is not permitted except in designated areas. If you wish to purchase food or refreshments during your trip, you can purchase these at one of three cafes:
I can no longer use my ticket, what do I do now?
We understand that sometimes plans change and something unexpected comes up. If you can no longer make the original day or time you have booked, let us know as soon as you can. We will endeavour to find an alternative date for you, if we can.
If you need to amend your booking, please bear in mind that we require 72 hours’ notice in advance of your original booking. If you choose to amend your booking, you will be charged a 20% or £15 administration fee – whichever is greater.
Should you wish to cancel your booking, please note that you will have to pay the cancellation fee. To find out more about our administration and cancellation fees, please see our terms and conditions.
Where is the Tower of London and how do I get there?
The Tower of London fortress rests on the bank of the River Thames in Central London. You can find us at: London EC3N 4AB.
The nearest tube station is Tower Hill and can be reached on the Circle and District Lines.
If you’re getting the train, the Tower of London is just 10-15 minutes’ walk from London Bridge Station, 20 minutes from Liverpool Street Station and 25 minutes from Charring Cross Station.
Can I get the bus?
Yes. London is known for its excellent transport links, so you can hop on any of the 42, 78, 100, and RV1 routes that stop by the Tower. If you have a ticket to a sightseeing tour bus, most of these will pass by the Tower of London too!
If you are coming by coach, the Tower Hill Coach Park offers free drop offs.
Can I drive to the Tower of London?
You can drive to a car park nearby. However, please be aware that you will need to pay London’s Congestion Charge.
If you do choose to drive, you can park at the (a 2-minute walk away), or at the , which is approximately 10 minutes away.
How do I get in touch?
If you would like help and advice planning your trip or have any further questions about your visit, please contact our friendly team on 020 8295 8383. We’re always on hand to help you plan and book your tickets to the Tower of London.
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