Tower of London

The Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous fortresses and has seen service as a royal palace, prison, armoury and even a zoo.

The London Pass London Pass Benefits: Access to the Tower of London Normally £28.90 - Included with London Pass

Please check the official attraction site for current opening hours.

See the world-famous Crown Jewels and meet the Beefeaters on a tour of the highlights at the Tower of London.

Entry into Tower of London is included in The London Pass®

  • Pay nothing at the door – simply show your pass.
  • Explore the Tower of London: one of the world's most famous fortresses and has seen service as a royal palace, prison, armoury and even a zoo.
  • Discover the Tower’s long and storied history.

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- Tower of London history

- Tower of London highlights

- Tower of London facts

- What's on

- Know before you go

- Make the most of your London Pass

- How to get there


Tower of London History

Fortress, prison, royal mint and now a tourist attraction. The Tower of London has seen many lives over the past centuries and persists to this day as a powerful symbol of British heritage. A seemingly permanent fixture on London's skyline, the question of why and when the Tower of London was built still prevail to this day.

This iconic historical site started off life as an imposing river fortress for the formidable force that was William the Conqueror, dating back to the 1070s. In the 1200s, the Tower was expanded by King Henry III and Edward I - adding a moat and more defensive structures to prepare for the possibility of battle.

It famously became one of the most secure places in the country after it was appointed the home of the Tower Mint in the 1800s. All the money in the nation began here. Shortly after, the Royal Family also began storing its most precious jewels and possessions under the eye of some of the most powerful soldiers in British history - the Yeoman Warders.  The warders have lived there since the 1500s and now serve as kindly tour operators.

The Tower has also famously been the site of many high-profile executions, the chopping block for which still stands on the grounds to this day. King Henry VIII famously had his wife Anne Boleyn executed there three years into their marriage on the grounds of adultery and treason. She was buried at the Tower's Chapel Royal alongside her fellow queens, Catherine Howard and Jane Grey. However, rumour has it that she continues to haunt the execution grounds and unwitting tourists.

Tower of London Highlights

  • Rich history dating from the Norman Conquest
  • It has undergone amazing restoration over the centuries, including repairing damage taken from the Blitz
  • Used by Royals through the years as a refuge and powerbase
  • The Tower is still home to her Majesty's Crown Jewels, on display for visitors to see
  • The Beefeaters are tasked with the job of guarding the jewels, as well as acting as tour guides for the attraction

Tower of London facts

  • There are 12 acres of land within the walls.
  • When it  was built, it was initially resented by the people of London as a symbol of oppression by the new ruling forces.
  • It has been used as an armoury, a menagerie, a treasury and a prison.
  • The term ‘sent to the Tower’ was coined during the 16th and 17th century when those who had fallen into disgrace were sent there.
  • The prisoners entered through the water gate, called ‘Traitor’s Gate’.
  • The White Tower is a fortified tower, called a keep and houses the crypt of St John’s Chapel.
  • The Tower is said to be haunted by the ghost of Anne Boleyn walking the chapel of St Peter and Vincula.

What's on

The White Tower
This Tower was referred to by Shakespeare in many of his plays and stands as one of the most famous keeps in the world. It contains the impressive Royal Armouries collections and even an 11th-century Romanesque chapel. You can take daily tours of the White Tower at 10:45, 12:45 and 14:15.

The Royal Mint
Explore the Coins & Kings exhibition which depicts the story of the Mint at the Tower between 1279 and 1812. Learn about what life was like on Mint Street through outdoor installations and interactive displays, even fun facts about Isaac Newton and his thief catching skills.

Crown Jewels
Take a walk through history and learn about some of the most important symbols of our culture and monarchy. Try and count the 23,578 gems that make up the Crown Jewels and marvel at the stories of how the collection was nearly destroyed through history. You can even see the crown Elizabeth II wore to her coronation!

Royal Beasts
For 600 years the Tower was kept as a menagerie of wild and exotic animals; gifts that the King and Queen were donated by their visitors and admirers. Everything from ostriches to elephants, lions and polar bears were kept in the confines of the Brick Tower.

If the six resident ravens ever leave the court, legend has it that the court and the Tower will fall. The ravens who inhabit the Tower are named and are replaced if they misbehave! Currently, the Tower has seven ravens, in case one goes missing, and they are looked after by the Raven Master. A word of warning: don't approach the ravens as they're known to eat 170g of raw meat a day, as well as blood-soaked bird biscuits!

Yeoman Warder Tours

Present-day Yeomen Warders only qualify for the role after serving in the armed forces for 22 years. But have you ever wondered where Yeomen, aka Beefeaters, got their name? Centuries ago, as part of the Royal Bodyguard, they were allowed to eat as much beef as they wanted from the king's table.

 Tours are included in the price of an entry ticket, and depart every 30 minutes (last tour 15.30 in summer, 14.30 in winter). Tours last approximately 60 minutes and start near the main entrance.

Know before you go

  • Tours are included in the price of an entry ticket and depart every 30 minutes (last tour 15.30 in summer, 14.30 in winter). Tours last approximately 60 minutes and start near the main entrance.
  • If you’ve got small kids, don’t worry. There’s no need to keep them entertained the hard way, the Tower of London provides family fun trails and interactive touchscreens at the exhibitions to keep even the little ones happy.
  • Please note: You may need to wait in line to pass through security checks. Entry to Tower of London is now back to using the Middle Tower entrance and not the Middle Drawbridge entrance.

Make the most of your London Pass

The Tower of London can get busy. Start early to make the most of your pass.  

How to get there

- Tower Hill underground (district and circle lines)
- Tower Gateway (DLR)
- London Fenchurch Street (national rail network)

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Getting to Tower of London

Getting to Tower of London

  • Tower of London Tower Hill London EC3
  • Closest Underground Station Tower Hill
  • Closest Bus Stop Stop TA: Route 15 N15
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Stops Tower Hill - Red Route - Stop 16

Opening Times

1st November - 28th February
Monday 10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:30
Sunday 10:00 - 16:30
Last Admission: 16.00
1st March - 31st October
Monday 10.00 - 17.30
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:30
Thursday 09:00 - 17:30
Friday 09:00 - 17:30
Saturday 09:00 - 17:30
Sunday 10.00 - 17.30
Last Admission: 17.00


24-26 December

We recommend checking directly with the attraction for current opening hours.

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