Inner Ward, Tower of London

Inner Ward, Tower of London: Our most recommended tours and activities

London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

1. London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

Take a tour of the timeless Tower of London – part of British history since the 11th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1086 by William the Conqueror.  Discover London’s castle – a secure fortress, royal palace, and infamous prison. Spot the ravens that live on the premises and find out why they are known as the guardians of the Tower. Stroll across Tower Green to see where many executions took place, including those of 2 of Henry VIII's wives. You will also have access to the inside of the tower. Prepare to be dazzled by the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. These priceless symbols of the British Monarchy compose the greatest working collection of crown jewels in the world. Pore over the 23,578 gems, including the glistening Imperial State Crown - this piece alone has 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies. Gain valuable insights into the Towers History from some of its most famous residents, The Yeoman Body. Whilst Tours may be currently unavailable, the Yeoman Warders will be on hand to provide fascinating stories of the Tower through the ages.

London: Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater

2. London: Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater

Explore one of the oldest monuments in London on an early morning guided tour of the Tower of London, and see the Crown Jewels before the crowds arrive. Avoid the lines with this early tour of the legendary site, where 3 English queens were executed, and get an introduction to the origins of the attraction before you meet one of the Yeomen Warders, more commonly known as Beefeaters. Learn about the traditions of these elite guardsmen, historically responsible for the prisoners at the tower and for safeguarding the Crown Jewels. Journey through centuries of British history and see where Guy Fawkes was put on trial. Marvel at magnificent orbs, swords, rings, crowns, and scepters used for royal ceremonies and coronations. Stay at the Tower of London to explore at your own pace once your official tour is over.

London: Tower of London Beefeater Welcome & Crown Jewels

3. London: Tower of London Beefeater Welcome & Crown Jewels

Experience the Crown Jewels, the famous ravens and incredible royal history on this tour of the Tower led by an expert English-speaking local guide. Beat the crowds with your early access ticket and witness as history comes alive at the Tower of London. Your guide for part of the tour will be a Yeoman Warder, better known as a Beefeater. Prepare to be awed as they share with stories about the site. Ask questions, and take a peek into what a day in the life of a Beefeater is like. Feel the thrill of seeing the world famous Crown Jewels, Ravens Den and White Tower. Learn about the notorious Tower Executions site, and take a walk on the historic battlements. Explore other attractions at your leisure after the tour, like the Towers Mint, Bloody Tower and Medieval Palace.

London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

4. London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

See all that London has to offer with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums. Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Enjoy a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions. The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS • The View from the Shard • Tower of London • 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour • Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle • Westminster Abbey • London Bridge Experience • Tower Bridge Exhibition • ZSL London Zoo • St Paul's Cathedral • Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre • Royal Albert Hall • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Old Royal Naval College • The Painted Hall • Cutty Sark • Kew Gardens • Hampton Court Palace • Apsley House • Benjamin Franklin House • Eltham Palace • Golden Hinde • Wellington Arch • Chelsea Physic Garden MUSEUMS & GALLERIES • London Transport Museum • Foundling Museum • Household Cavalry Museum • Charles Dickens Museum • Guards Museum • Cartoon Museum • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art • Wernher Collection at Ranger's House • Fan Museum • London Canal Museum • London Museum of Water and Steam • Garden Museum • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • Queen's Gallery (temporarily closed) • Pollocks Toy Museum • The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium) • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum • Wembley Stadium Tours & more! Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

London: Tower of London and Tower Bridge Early-Access Tour

5. London: Tower of London and Tower Bridge Early-Access Tour

Get early access to the Tower of London for a guided tour and see the priceless Crown Jewels. Skip the long lines to Tower Bridge and uncover the industrial history of London. Meet your guide at Tower Hill Underground Station. Then, skip the lines to London’s most historic royal palace at the Tower of London. Watch the official opening ceremony by the Yeoman Warders. Go inside to look at the Crown Jewels without the crowds. Then, walk over to Tower Bridge and skip-the-lines to the Tower Bridge Experience. Learn the history of London’s most famous bridge, and enjoy panoramic views down the River Thames. Look inside the Victorian Engine Rooms to see the coal-driven engines that used to power the opening of the bridge. See exhibits that explain the workings and history of Tower Bridge for a more immersive experience.

Tower of London: Early Access Crown Jewels Complete Tour

6. Tower of London: Early Access Crown Jewels Complete Tour

Enter into the legendary Tower of London with an early access ticket and guided tour. Witness the Crown Jewels before the crowds, learn about the history of the Bloody Tower and the Torture Chambers, explore the White Tower medieval castle, and enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the Thames. Skip the line for VIP entrance into the Tower of London. Once inside you’ll watch the Opening Ceremony, a notable military ritual that officially opens the famous historical edifice. Following a brief overview from the Yeoman Warders – the tower guardians – you’ll be among the first people of the day to walk into the Jewel House to experience the Crown Jewels without the crowds that come later in the day. Next, your expert guide will lead you on a complete tour of the Tower of London, beginning with the Execution Site, on Tower Green, where many a noble lost their head. As you make your way from there to the Bloody Tower (where Sir Walter Raleigh was imprisoned for 13 years) and then to the Torture Chambers, you will get a firm sense of English history in all its gruesome forms. After a walk along the famous Tower Walls and a quick look inside the refurbished bedroom of Edward I, you’ll spy a “conspiracy” of the tower’s resident ravens. Your tour ends with a highlight as you step into the White Tower (the central tower, or ‘keep’), for a full tour of a refurbished medieval castle. Your guide will leave you inside the White Tower, but you'll be able to explore the other areas of the Tower of London on your own, including the Bestiary, Beauchamp Tower, and the Fusilier Museum. As the guided tour ends, you’ll also receive a boat pass valid for 24 hours of unlimited travel (once activated) on a London sightseeing river cruise.

London: Go City Explorer Pass for 2 to 7 Attractions

7. London: Go City Explorer Pass for 2 to 7 Attractions

Get your London Explorer Pass, a digital credits package, and create your own city itinerary. Redeem your credits against 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions from a selection of over 80 monuments, tours, cruises, dining experiences, and more. Choose from a variety of venues, including the Tower of London, the Shard, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Get instructions on how to plan your itinerary and place reservations ahead when needed. You have 60 days to use your attraction credits starting with your first choice. Save up to 35% with each visit equaling 1 credit used. Choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions from the following list: Popular attractions: • 1-day Hop-On-Hop-Off London Bus tour • Tower of London • The View from the Shard • Kensington Palace • Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Theatre Tour • St Paul’s Cathedral • Thames River Cruise (City Cruises Thames River Pass) • Tower Bridge Exhibition • Westminster Abbey • The London Bridge Experience • ZSL London Zoo Fun Activities and Tours: • Up at the O2 • Brit Movie Tours • Brit Music Tours • Brit Icon Tours • Hop-on Hop-off Open Bus tour of Windsor • 20+ London Sights and enjoy Fish & Chips - Top Sights Tours • 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours • Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour & Museum • Emirates Arsenal Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Wembley Stadium Tour • Twickenham Stadium Tour & World Rugby Museum • Kia Oval Ground Tour • London Bicycle Tour • Fuller's Brewery Tour • Hard Rock Café London • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Curzon Cinema Bloomsbury (Renoir) • Curzon Cinema Mayfair • Curzon Cinema Soho • Swingers Crazy Golf (West End or City venues) • Sherlock: The Official Live Game • All Star Lanes (bowling) • The Chocolate Cocktail Club • The Bermondsey Bierkeller • The Dare Skywalk • Solve a Mystery: the Murder at Trafalgar Square • Solve a Mystery: the Murder at Westminster Museums and Places of Interest: • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew • Royal Observatory Greenwich • London Transport Museum • Cutty Sark • Benjamin Franklin House • Florence Nightingale Museum • Freud Museum London • Hampton Court Palace • Household Cavalry Museum • London Bicycle Tour - Hire • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • The Painted Hall • Old Royal Naval College • Pollock's Toy Museum • Royal Albert Hall • Garden Museum • The Guards Museum • The Monument to The Great Fire of London • The Postal Museum • Wembley Stadium Tour • Apsley House • Eltham Palace • Jewel Tower • Wellington Arch • Chiswick House and Kitchen Garden • Royal Air Force Museum

London: Private City Sightseeing Tour with the Sky Garden

8. London: Private City Sightseeing Tour with the Sky Garden

Join a private walking tour to discover the many faces of London, from its ancient Roman heritage, through the medieval history of the House of Tudor, to the modern metropolis. Visit the city's largest public rooftop space, the Garden at 120. Choose the extended option to include the Tower of London. Start your walking tour near Tower Hill Memorial with an introduction to the British history of WWI and WWII. Follow your private guide on a journey through London’s history from the ancient Roman times, to the Middle Ages, to the present day. See the ancient London Wall and the Tower Of London from the outside, London's most important medieval monument. Continue to Tower Bridge with its Victorian twin towers. Head deeper into the city, passing by hidden gems such as St Dunstan in the East Church Garden and All Hallows by the Tower. Next, pass by the Monument to the Great Fire of London and modern skyscrapers like the funky Sky Garden. Finally, be escorted to the Garden at 120 to see some of the city's most recognizable landmarks and stay there for as long as you like. Choose the 4-hour option to include skip-the-line tickets to the Tower of London during your walking tour of Central London. Explore the historic fortress and residence of the House of Tudor and hear the story of Henry VIII and other British monarchs from the Middle Ages. See what’s inside the White Tower, Chapel of St John the Evangelist, royal armory, Green Tower, and the Wakefield Tower. End the tour at the rooftop Garden at 120.

London: Full-Day Private Car Tour With Guide and Driver

9. London: Full-Day Private Car Tour With Guide and Driver

Spend the day exploring London at your own leisurely pace. After you have been picked up from your Central London hotel, you will spend the morning seeing Westminster's iconic landmarks. Your guide will show you and explain to you in detail the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. Following this, you will experience in person the changing of the guard. Your afternoon will later begin with a drive through the City of London passing by the Gherkin and the Shard. You will stop for a guided tour of St Paul's Cathedral before spending time visiting the Tower of London and having the opportunity to see the Crown Jewels.

London: Private Tour of the Tower of London

10. London: Private Tour of the Tower of London

Discover the Tower of London with a local on this private tour. Stroll along the outer walls to see the Traitor’s Gate and Tower Hill. Walk in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn and admire Henry VIII's armor. Meet your guide at the Tower of London Pop Up Shop. Start by viewing the sites on the outside of the tower. Find out how Traitor's Gate got its name. Go to Tower Hill to see where public executions of high status prisoners took place. Snap pictures of the red-uniformed Beefeaters standing guard. Uncover the many purposes the Tower of London has served such as a zoo, mint, armory, and observatory. Pass by displays of Britain’s most treasured royal artefacts. Visit William the Conqueror’s White Tower. Say hello to the resident ravens and find out why they are known as guardians of the tower.

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What people are saying about Inner Ward, Tower of London

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 11,517 reviews

From approaching the Tower it was great having bought tickets in advance so we didn’t have to queue. I would recommend joining onto a warders tour as this helps bring history to life.

We’ll worth the money!! Our guide Shadey was knowledgeable, funny and so very friendly as he gave us a little history of the Tower of London!!

Very interesting history. The staff is friendly and helpful. Easy to navigate. Kept very clean and lots of restrooms

I spent the best part of of 5 hours here . It was amazing Lots of people but very well organised

A must see in London. We especially loved the free Beefeater Tour.