Tower of London

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Tower of London
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Discover London’s castle – a secure fortress, royal palace and infamous prison where you can explore 1000 years of history. Prepare to be dazzled by the breathtaking, world famous Crown Jewels. Take a Yeoman Warder tour and hear captivating stories of pain and passion, treachery and torture. Meet the famous ravens and discover why they are known as the guardians of the Tower and marvel at the imposing White Tower, a magnificent example of Normal architecture at the heart of the Tower of London.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Tower Hill • 3 min walk
  • Tower Gateway • 4 min walk
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Keir S
London, UK187 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
I have lived in London almost 10 years and have always had Tower of London on my doorstep so never got around to do it and I’m SO glad I finally have.

We started our tour with the Yeoman Warder who was incredible. He made the door so engaging through his theatrics and incredibly projected voice.

The tour started by the entrance gate and ended in the central court by the White Tower and took roughly 45 mins. I definitely recommend tagging along, it doesn’t cost extra and you learn quite a lot more.

I also recommend queuing for the Crown Jewels as soon as you can as they can get quite long so best get them out of the way earlier rather than later.

There is SO much to see around the Tower and loads of interesting rooms to read about. Our entire visit took around 3.5 hours but you can easily spend more or less than that.

So much history and interesting stories in one location so I would thoroughly recommend a visit for residents and tourists alike
Written August 21, 2021
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Neil C
London338 contributions
Apr 2022
A very enjoyable day out at the Tower of London. Make sure you search for a 'two for one' offer, such as offered by the rail companies. We joined a one hour Beefeater led tour. Slightly corny, but full of information and history. We then queued for the spectacular Crown Jewels. (You pass by on a moving walkway, but can double back and/or stand on a raised platform for a longer look.) It only took about 15 minutes to get in, but can take longer in peak holidays. Well worth the wait. Then we checked out some of the rest of the site. All in all, three hours should be enough time. Well worth doing.
Written April 25, 2022
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Donna
Telford, UK6 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Fantastic tour of the Tower of London made special by beefeater Scott Kelly Beefy406, who was extremely informative, funny and engaged with the entire audience all the time, taking care to get the kids involved from the start. I’ve wanted o do this tour for years and was really looking forward t it but I’m glad I arrived when I did as beefeater Kelly made this experience so much better than I anticipated. I’m sure all the beefeaters are equally entertaining but I would so recommend the tour experience than going around solo listening to the audio guide.
Written March 5, 2022
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Carrie G
Erie, PA204 contributions
Apr 2022
I really feel like they sell too many tickets for this experience. The amount of people and the amount of lines and just feeling like you're being herded like cattle make the experience not worth it. We didn't even get to see the Crown Jewels because the line was so long. I would not recommend this experience to anyone who wants a relaxed time - it's more stressful and crowded.
The talk that the worker gave in the middle of the square was probably the best part of the whole experience.
Written April 20, 2022
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KumarMorjaria
Milton Keynes, UK160 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
My first visit with my wife to view the crown jewels and visit the Tower.
Our Beefeater Andy gave a great presentation to our group about the Tower's history and its significance in the history of England. We enjoyed our day here and sampled the delights of the cafe and bought some very reasonably priced souvenirs. The staff here are very polite and courteous. They go the extra mile to make your visit a pleasant one. This is a premium attraction of London and should not be missed when visiting London.
Thankyou all!
Written April 30, 2022
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Caroline G
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Apr 2022 • Family
Spent almost £70 on tickets and followed their website’s advice of allowing around 3 hours for the visit. (Booked elsewhere afterwards based approximately on this timing. )

Queued for around 1.5 hours in total whilst there - so basically paid £35 to stand in queues. Didn’t have enough time to visit most of the exhibits. Very disappointed at poor management. Pretty sure they knew what numbers were expected - why were better systems not in place to manage this? And don’t get me started on the queue for the single ice cream truck.

Fully disappointed and annoyed at wasting my money.
Written April 16, 2022
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desertmidwife
Phoenix, AZ338 contributions
Dec 2021
Ok, so this is definitely a must see, per what everyone else has said. So I am going to focus on details because as a tourist I didn't seem to be able to drudge up a brain cell when planning this visit. *It is not cheap and nonrefundable (although they WILL try to work on a change of date) so be sure you are going to make it and make it on time. Give yourself lots of time to get there if you are using public transport because they give you an hour window. We did go early and it was nice to beat the crowds for sure. * I wondered what to wear. Sounds dumb but I am from the desert and had this idea we would be indoors mostly but the tour is outside so you def want to wear layers. There are stairs but I think if you have comfortable walking shoes on it is fine. The indoors isn't super hot but crowded which can feel stuffy.
* did I use the tour book. Not really and kind of ... shouldn't have bought it. It is lovely but to pack and bring home and didn't open it really except once to see what it considered "must sees". *there is coffee and little snacks inside so if you are running late you WILL be able to get some stuff inside. Prices are reasonable.* I was confused about the beefeater tour thing - you just join a tour at the hour with an available beefeater. Ours was entertaining. We got there early so did the 10am tour and THEN the jewels. It seemed still fine at that time, but if you get there at 9 you can easily see the jewels, get coffee, etc and then join the 10am tour.
Written January 7, 2022
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VickiAngel85
Bramley, UK79 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
I’ve visited a couple of times before but wanted to bring my husband and step kids for the experience.

The price for a family ticket was just over £80. It’s quite pricey but was a treat for us. We booked online and only had a short wait for our online tickets to be scanned at the entrance.

I think we got on the best beefeater tour with Beefy409 giving an excellent and animated tour. I’m very much into my history but he gave enough information for the kids to get the gist of the tower’s history without them getting bored.

The queue for the crown jewels was the only thing that kept us hanging around and we waited just over half an hour to see them. Once inside, you weren’t rushed and could go back on the conveyor belt to look again if you so wished.

We went in each and every tower and climbed MANY steps. We had excellent weather so we were happy to spend the day there.
There are plenty of places to get things to eat but prices are premium.

That said, it’s a great experience that must be done.
Written April 21, 2022
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Clive B
Dartford, UK1,352 contributions
May 2021
Firstly admission is by scanning of your ticket QR code, either on mobile device or printed sheets. There are ticket machines nearby, but don't join the queue without a ticket. You don't get to skip the line at the Tower of London, as everyone joins the same queue with pre-bought tickets. Once inside, if you have young children, you can currently take them to Knight School where they'll learn how to become a knight, albeit socially distanced. You'll then follow the route around and see all the different towers, and rooms, but if you want to see the crown jewels, I'd advise going straight to them if you arrive early, this will reduce your waiting time. There really is a lot to see and it will take a good 3-4 hours to see it all. There are at least three gift shops, an ice cream vendor and a resturant on site too, but prices aren't cheap. I'd at least bring a bottle of water and save yourself £3 for a tiny bottle of drink, Royal Palace members get it slightly cheaper. I had a very enjoyable visit and whilst I'll never need to do it again, I would recommend it to anyone who hasn't been yet.
Written June 6, 2021
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668chunky
68 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Visited for an afternoon, it is so well organised and loads to see! We spent 2-3 hours walking around seeing everything from the Crown Jewels to the bloody tower. A few rooms where shut which is a shame but we will definitely be back for a tour and to see the remaining rooms. The beefeaters and guards were lovely to watch. The only downside is the cafe can be quite pricy for what it is so would recommend bringing a picnic or snack.
Written May 31, 2021
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