Visit the Tower of London and see the famous building that has served as a fortress, palace, and prison.
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This is a vast tour of London including entrance to the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels. Also includes a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames.
Top sights in London
Few buildings have played a more pivotal role in London's history than its Tower. Boasting a millenium's worth of treacherous tales and host to the exquisite Crown Jewels, it survives as one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions. Keep an eye out for these...
Fun fact: If the ravens ever leave the Tower then it'll fall down! OK, perhaps "fact" isn't the word, but these birds are so important that they even have a designated guard!
The Tower of London guards are commonly known as Beefeaters, and they're more guides than guards these days. Call them Yeoman Warders instead for preferential treatment!
The Jewel House boasts the monarchy's most exquisite treasures, including the Imperial Crown. Admission is included with your Tower of London ticket.
Despite the Tower's grisly reputation, there were relatively few executions. Most of the heads rolled on Tower Hill to the north, where the old scaffold site is commemorated.
OK, this is a tough one, but some famous apparitions include Anne Boleyn and Henry VI! Sightings have dwindled recently, leading to the belief that ghosts don't like tourists...
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.
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!
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!
- When should I visit?9:00AM to 5:30PM in the high season (March 1st through October 31st), 9:00AM to 4:30PM in the low season (November 1st through February 28th). On Sundays and Mondays, it's open from 10:00AM.
- 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 thereThe 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.
What people are saying about Tower of London
Really enjoyed our tour - great insights and well worth the money to get in before the crowds alone!
Very well organised. We loved it. Great value for money. Need to spend tje ay there to take it all in so grab a picnik
Everything is perfect - the buildings are beautifully maintained, staff are excellent. We saw an open air performance which was brilliant.
We were greeted warmly by the staff and then guided to our bus, the bus tour was great (even with a little rain, ponchos were given). The information on the tour was fun to listen to for all ages. We also really enjoyed the bonus river cruise to Westminster, which was a welcome surprise! All in all a lovely tour at a reasonable price. Thanks!
Would've preferred more time to look around the Tower but understood that we need to get to the "Changing of the guards" by 11am. Our guide , Gavin was wonderful and made it really enjoyable !