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Tower of London Tours

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From medieval torture to grim executions and infamous royal prisoners, the Tower of London has long found itself at the center of the city's dark history. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066, the historic castle has served as a Royal Menagerie, Her Majesty's prison, an execution site, a royal observatory, a Royal Mint, and a military storehouse over the course of its existence.

The Basics
Today, the tower famously displays the Crown Jewels (which include the Imperial State Crown) and holds centuries of history within its walls, drawing travelers from near and far. It remains guarded by members of the Royal Bodyguards, known as Beefeaters. Visitors can admire the Royal Armouries in the White Tower, walk along the battlements, and see where Anne Boleyn was executed by order of Henry VIII. The popular Torture at the Tower exhibit, the Coins and Kings exhibit at the Royal Mint, the Fusilier Museum, and the Line of Kings all shed light on the tower's history.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • This is an incredibly popular London attraction, so it's recommended that you buy your ticket or book your tour in advance.
  • Choose an early-access tour to beat the crowds, or combine your trip with visits to other top London sites.
  • Special events, medieval reenactments, and family activities are held at the tower throughout the year.

How to Get to the Tower of London
The tower is located at the north end of the Tower Bridge on London's Thames River waterfront. The closest tube station is Tower Hill via the Circle and District lines.

When to Get There
The tower is open March to October from 9am to 5:30pm (Sunday and Monday from 10am) and November to February from 9am to 4:30pm (Sunday and Monday from 10am). Due to its popularity, queues can get long, especially in the afternoon—visiting first thing in the morning is your best bet to avoid crowds.

Unlocking the Tower's Secrets
The tower's wildly entertaining Beefeaters, or Yeoman Warders, share stories and secrets on the widely recommended Beefeater tour. Learn fun facts such as how six ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all times, and how legend has it that if they ever leave, the tower will fall. There's even a "raven master" tasked with looking after them and a seventh raven on hand just in case. Tours begin every 30 minutes.

Address: Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AB, England
Hours: March–Oct Tues–Sat 9am–5:30pm; Sun–Mon 10am–5:30pm; Nov–Feb Tues–Sat 9am–4:30pm, Sun–Mon 10am–4:30pm
Admission: Adult £25, Child £12
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in London

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if in London don't miss this site
Nancy
, Apr 2020
spent wonderful day much to see great views of London Bridge. ordered tickets online picked them up at entrance go to group ticket for pick up. well worth the visit
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Spectacular
NCTeacher
, Mar 2020
Spectacular!! Great historical information given by Beefeaters, and the actors in the Medieval tower! Mid March id the time to visit as weather is not miserable and crowds are low. As a North Carolinian, I was particularly interested in Sir Walter Raleigh’s walk and study and garden.
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Just a regular ticket to the Tower of London
Rodd
, Mar 2020
The tour isn't really a tour. It's merely a way to get your entry ticket in advance for pick up from the group ticket window. I assume the group ticket window has shorter lines than the regular ticket window, however on the day I went (a chilly Friday morning in early March) the regular ticket line was very short. The Beefeater tour, as other reviewers have mentioned, is offered on the half hour to anyone already in the museum and is free. So you don't need a special ticket for that at all. The Crown Jewels tour is also free to anyone who enters the museum, and this ticket does not get you in any quicker than anyone else. It is strictly an advance ticket with the possible benefit of a shorter wait to pick up your tickets.

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Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour

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Bypass the long lines at the Tower of London and make the most of your tour through this dark and infamous complex. View the remarkable Crown Jewels and visit the White Tower, Traitors’ Gate and Tower Green, where Anne Boleyn met her grisly end. Choose to explore on your own or follow a ‘Beefeater’ guard on a guided walk. An audio tour is also available for an additional fee.
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Discover London’s royal history and sights on a London tour by foot and boat. Start with an early access visit to the Tower of London to see the opening ceremony and Crown Jewels without the usual daytime crowds. Then, take to the water on a half-hour River Thames sightseeing cruise. Stroll to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, and learn all about the British Royal Family from a knowledgeable local guide.
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See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
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Have exclusive access to one of London’s most popular and in-demand landmarks, and bypass the crowds, on this VIP tour of the Tower of London. Begin the tour with early, skip-the-line access, and see the tower’s storied opening ceremony. With just a small group for company, you’ll explore the landmark’s highlights. You’ll also be among the first visitors to enter the Tower of London’s world-famous Jewel House, where the glittering Crown Jewels await.
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Experience the remarkable architecture and age-old traditions of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge on a 3-hour walking tour of historic London. Arrive early to view the official opening ceremony of the Tower of London Beefeaters, take a peek at the Crown Jewels before the crowds arrive, then tour the legendary White Tower and hear the tales of torture and execution that the Tower is notorious for. Finally, head to the Tower Bridge Exhibition, where you can learn about the 120-year-old bridge and enjoy panoramic views over London.
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VIP: Exclusive Access to Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral

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Go beyond a regular visit to the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral with this experience that gives you exclusive access to both attractions while in London. First, head to the Tower of London before most other tour groups, and watch the historic opening ceremony with a beefeater guide. Afterward, gain special entry behind the normally locked doors of the Triforium at St. Paul’s Cathedral before exploring other areas.
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Go behind-the-scenes at one of London’s most iconic historic landmarks on this 2-3 hour private tour of the Tower of London (entry not included). Prepare to be shocked by the Tower’s grim and gruesome history as you tour the torture chambers and dungeons, then walk the walls of the White Tower built by William the Conqueror and view the dazzling Crown Jewels.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Tower of London hours of operation?
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Tower of London hours of operation: March–Oct Tues–Sat 9am–5:30pm; Sun–Mon 10am–5:30pm; Nov–Feb Tues–Sat 9am–4:30pm, Sun–Mon 10am–4:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Tower of London tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Tower of London can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 326 Tower of London tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Tower of London 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Tower of London costs USD 36.33. Guided Tower of London tours start around USD 36.33 per person. See all 326 Tower of London tickets and tours on Viator.
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