Visit the Tower of London and see the famous building that has served as a fortress, palace, and prison.
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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
Canadian, 85 years old, woman. Walked 6.32 miles - according to my FitBit; probably climbed 1000 steps; read every information label; learned much history of England in the nicest possible way. An observation not a moan! A Canadian would never, ever find one’s self in such a crowd, queued for 50 minutes to see the jewels, queued for everything we wanted to see. People were polite, helpful, joyful, and pleasant to be with.
Good holiday acctivity option. Sit back and relax. Ship crew even provide sone comentary, it makes your time aboard even more enjoyable.
The five of us had a great day out. All the information and the organisation worked perfectly. I so enjoyed the humourous live commentary on the way down to the barrier. Keep it up. On the way back, the tape was ok but just not as great.
Three hour round trip to Thames barrier at steady pace so you can take in the history of the Thames and the architecture of our stunning capital City. An excellent guide. Probably not a professional but all the more interesting for it with a passionate local knowledge and righteous irritation about the corrupt development of our Thameside. Highly recommended for British visitors and locals. You will learn something.
All employees were kind, helpful and made the entire experience quite interesting! Props to the Yeoman Warders who give a great and fun guide. The facilities are in perfect condition and if you love history as much as I do...there’s a lot to take in and see. Excellent exhibition indeed!