Tower of London
Tower of London
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Tower of London is a 1,000 year old castle that protects the Crown Jewels. Throughout its long history, it was a secure fortress, a royal palace, and an infamous prison. Kings and queens demonstrated their power from here, shaping society and influencing our world. Today within the walls of this mighty fortress you can see the spectacular displays of the Jewel House, the Tower’s Mint and the Royal Armouries (including the armours of Henry VIII). Meet the Yeoman Warders, who have guarded this castle for centuries, and the Tower’s symbolic guardians – the Ravens.
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The area
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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  • O3316CBjamesh
    Bentonville, Arkansas4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great historical visit
    This is a great place to visit on a first London trip. The history is amazing and everything is very well presented and maintained. The audio guide helps give lots of information to enhance your journey through the various areas of the Tower. Great views and helps with the understanding of what things were like in their time. Staff was great and very helpful.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 21, 2023
  • Alice S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A window into the past
    Go early and prebook a ticket! We booked on the day (9am) and there was already quite a long queue to get in during May, so heaven knows what it would be like during high season! We queued to see the Crown Jewels for about 20 minutes - absolutely amazing particularly just after the Coronation. The Yeoman Warder tour had loads of people but was entertaining. We were there for about 5 hours, longer than expected, but there was lots to see. It was very busy but we didn't feel completely suffocated by the crowds and you really do feel a sense of history. Not sure I would want to go during high season, but definately worth a visit and glad we went.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Fran M
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Tower of London Experience
    We visited the Tower of London on 27 April 2023. Our Yeoman Warder guide was A.J., the 2nd female Beefeater in history. She was informative and highly entertaining. If you want to tour the White Tower, just know there are MANY steps! Because we visited shortly before the Coronation, the Crown Jewels had left the building. But wandering through the various open buildings was very enjoyable. If those walls could talk, what stories they’d tell.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Lisa P
    42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommend getting in early
    We visited the Tower of London on a cold (cold by Australian definition) Monday morning during a school term. We arrived at 9.15am to line up for a 10am opening. Lucky we did because the line was right across the square by 9.30am. Tickets were scanned and maps handed out while we were waiting for the gates to open which made entry quite quick. We opted for an audio self guided tour which did add value and was worth it. We headed straight to the Crown Jewels upon entry. I don’t think my expectations were in check because I expected more from the Jewels. There wasn’t as much on display as I expected, which was more tiaras and jewellery. It took us a while to get through the Crown Jewels as there was lots of people and it was dark. By the time we got out the line to get in filled the stanchions. The actual Tower itself was interesting, particularly where prisoners were kept; the armoury was also quite interesting and there was much more on display than just armour; the towers with the Beefeater display which included insights into their training and background was worth a visit; and the talks around the place with the Beefeaters also looked quite engaging. Unfortunately we only had two hours here as we had another tour to get to. Would recommend at least 3-4 hours on a warm day.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Kristen C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yeoman Darren is the best!
    We did the 'basic entrance with Beefeater tour' (which I didn't see in the drop-down menu), and it was fantastic! Yeoman Darren (wish I knew his last name) was so entertaining and knowledgeable. We were there with our two kids (11 and 14) and they, too, were riveted by his deep knowledge of British history.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 8, 2023
  • mmescorpio
    Berkley, Massachusetts10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrific Tower
    The tower was unlike anything I have seen before! I could spend all day simply walking around. The tour guide was comical but also gave very interesting information as well as providing background about the touchy subjects and events that occurred there. It took us around 3 hours or so and that was without waiting in the humongous line to see the crown jewels. There is definitely stuff I didn't see and would absolutely go back and spend the full day there!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 9, 2023
  • WrldTrvlrLdn
    London, United Kingdom10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oozing history
    My suggestion is go early to avoid the lines. It's fun and informative specially chatting to people working there. Beefeater AJ was a delight and Warden Luis was just so knowledgeable. They really make the history come alive.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Gil L
    405 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting!
    So much to see here in addition to the Crown Jewels! Really enjoyed walking around and learning more about the history. Definitely get there early - we went to see the Crown Jewels first with a minimal line but by the time we came out of the exhibit the line was super-long! We had lunch in the museum cafe - it was very crowded but the food was better than expected.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • melissaandjared
    Melbourne, Australia115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good value, amazing history and beautifully preserved
    We got there half an hour after opening which wasn't busy but I recommend arriving 10 minutes before as you will beat the crowds and the many school groups. We got a head set for the self tour but a private tour guide would have been more enriching. Go to see the crown jewels 1st as the queue gets quite big quickly. Lots of stairs so if mobility is a problem your access to many areas will be limited. Some areas are quite small and I feel they need better crowd control in those spots but overall it is a very big place so you mostly move freely. As expected, the food and drinks inside are expensive (a latte made by an automatic coffee machine is £5) Good value 4 hours overall. Absolutely amazing
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Laura J
    Sheffield, United Kingdom227 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just Wow
    First of all, just wow. This was a fantastic day out in London and was well worth the price. We got there early with little to no queue to get into the place which was ideal. You would definitely need the whole day to properly go and look at all the magnificent displays and buildings on offer here. Unfortunately, we decided not to have a yeoman warder tour, which was completely a wrong choice as I have heard their tours are outstanding, so I would recommend waiting for the tour guide and going round with them before venturing off and finding your way around. Once you step into the buildings, it takes you straight back through the past, they are surprisingly well kept and very well preserved. The crown jewels were an absolute marvel to look at, though the line was long it moved very quickly. Overall, a spectacular day and will be coming again to have a proper tour.
    Visited August 2022
    Written July 9, 2023
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AKJNRM
Preston, UK12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Such a great place to visit in many ways. The staff are excellent and really know their stuff. The guides answered lots of questions from my children (age range 3-16) and were incredibly engaging.

They do need to sort out the Armed Forces Discount- our neighbour (serving officer) and family were let in for free last week; we (also serving officer) just got a discounted price).

However what really ruined a five star rating was the awful organisation of the queue for The Crown Jewels. We queued for about 80mins. There is no entertainment or really interesting things to look at- once you are inside there are a few displays but with minimal information. This exhibit should really have a timed entry to avoid such a lengthy queue. This exhausted our children and our patience!

We spent about 3 hours there; we didn’t visit the cafe etc. Almost 50% of the time was spent queuing for the one exhibit. We went the Bayeux this summer and saw the tapestry which was far more organised and significantly better value!

Your guides and staff saved the day but the Historic Places need to do a lot better.
Written January 2, 2020
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Keir S
London, UK256 contributions
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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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lentheman
Penyffordd, UK589 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We had been here about 20 years ago when the kids were small so decided to go by ourselves this time. We had printed 2 for 1 vouchers from the Days Out website which gets you both in for the price of one with a current rail ticket. Entrance otherwise is £27.50 or £30.20 with a donation. I asked what the donation was for and was told it was for the upkeep of the Tower. Why they don't just add it to the ticket price then I have no idea. There is lots to see in the Tower which is divided into several parts including the Crown Jewels but you must not miss the free guided tours by one of the Beefeaters who are funny and bring the Tower to life. You could easily spend all day in here if you wanted. Happy that I went for £30 for us both but not sure I would have paid £60
Written January 13, 2020
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Chocky59
West Midlands, UK591 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Have visited quite a few times over last 50 years and always find a new bit of information! This time wasn’t planned but nether the less very enjoyable. ( Corona virus put paid to Yorkshire visit!) Yeoman tours this time of year start every hour at half past the hour. Our Yeoman of the Guard Clive was on top form and be proud of your job we enjoyed your hour long talk. Already knew things about Tower and was pleasantly surprised to know a few more bits after Clive’s presentation.
Didn’t do White Tower as did couple years ago and had changed then as a lot less armour in there think it’s gone to Leeds.
Jewel House had altered their format and was much better for visitors to get excellent views. Do they hire that punch bowl out I wonder as you can get 144 bottles of wine in it! Lol perfect for a celebration bbq when this Corona Virus ceases!!!!
Ravens were in form squawking around and flying in and out their pens. Visited Armouries Cafe loads of seats had tuna & cucumber sandwich which was a bit hard priced £3.95 tea was £2.20 and a scone with butter £2.20 was nice.
Fusilier Museum,Torture Tower, Traitors Gate, Royal Mint worth a visit and spent around 4 hours there for just viewing those few things. So allow plenty of time if viewing everything. (Train ticket you can get buy 1 get 1 free still on offer. )
Written March 15, 2020
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Sidney
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you are in London then you have to go to the Tower of London! Not only does it look incredible from the outside and inside, but it also has a fascinating history very vital to England
I know a lot of people go there to see the crown jewels, and they are cool to see for sure, but me personally, I found other parts of the castle more interesting than the jewels.
You can do an optional free tour with one of the Beefeaters, and I highly recommend that because they are hilarious but also give great information and insight into what it is like to live there.
There are so many different parts of the castle, with different histories, and you can pretty much walk through the entire thing. I didn't buy an audio guide, but you can still get so much information from the plaques, the workers, games, and small movies throughout the castle.
You can spend as little or much time as you'd like there. I got there on a Sunday, right at 10 when it opened, and I spent about 4 hours there. That was me seeing everything and reading almost every plaque.
I definitely think kids and adults would like it, but some of the information is probably not suitable for really young children as it can get slightly gruesome.
Overall, it's a fantastic sight and piece of history and I recommend touring it
Written January 23, 2020
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Pinayaq
Dayton, OH146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
My husband and I took a self-guided tour of the tower and got audio guides for a minimal fee. The place is enormous so plan to spend a couple of hours here if you choose to see all the buildings in the compound. The interior of the buildings are spectacular and the history attached to it are even more interesting to hear. The grounds are gorgeous and are well maintained. Not to be missed are the Crown Jewels which is absolutely breath taking. Photography is not allowed in the Crown Jewels but is allowed in most of the other buildings. Some of the buildings have steep, narrow staircases that may not be suitable for people with mobility issues. There are plenty of restrooms, gift shops and snack shops on the grounds. Take advantage of pictures with beefeaters and the guards outside the Crown Jewels.
Written April 25, 2020
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Annie143Florida
Sedona, AZ530 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Friends
A visit to the Tower of London is fascinating. It was suggested that we arrive early in the morning and go straight to see the Crown Jewels. We are so happy that followed that advice. By the early afternoon, the line to see the jewels rivaled a Disney park at peak time. We took the Yeoman tour and highly recommend that any visitor do the same. The Yeoman was John Kelly and he made the tour enjoyable for children and adults. He had a wonderful wit and had the crowd laughing during the tour. We learned that the Yeoman are military personnel and are there to protect the Tower. They are not merely tour guides. Highly recommended.
Written January 1, 2020
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Maree
Greater Melbourne, Australia28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
No crowds in December! It was very cold, but worth it to just have space to move around. Go to the Crown Jewels first. Even in Winter, we really noticed a difference around 11-12pm when the tour group buses rolled in. The Crown Jewels were amazing, and I loved the moving platform you stood on to pass on by for a look. Our 10 & 13 year old probably road that around 10 times while waiting for the adults to read everything. There was a interesting video with real footage of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
After this, the Yeoman Free Tour was brilliant! It was hard to work out the meeting place, so give yourselves heaps of time to find it.
Our kids loved the crows, for some reason, but don't feed them!
Rug up for a cold day in the wind, but it really is a good experience.
Written January 20, 2020
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,629 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This was our third visit to the Tower of London. We had travelled to the tower onboard a Big Bus hop, hop off bus. The bus stop is on the hill above the tower and there is just a short walk down the hill to the tower’s main entrance.
Despite there being many people in the vicinity, we were able to quickly gain entry to the tower’s ground by using our London Passes which were simply scanned as we entered.
Once inside the tower’s outer walls, we were amazed to find the grounds quite crowded. The line to view the Crown Jewels was several hundred metres long. We estimated that we would have had to queue for well over an hour to get into the chamber where the jewels are secured. Fortunately we had viewed the Crown Jewels during both of our previous two visits to the tower. Consequently, we didn’t bother to join the queue this time. Instead, we spent quite a bit of time viewing the various exhibits within the White Tower. We also walked along part of the tower’s walls and again enjoyed the views from there.
When it was time to rest our legs, it was actually quite difficult to find somewhere to sit, simply because there were so many visitors at the tower on this particular Sunday afternoon.
After watching the antics of the famous tower ravens for a short time, we visited two of the gift shops, before heading to the exit.
We thoroughly enjoyed our third visit to the Tower of London. Because the place is steeped in so much history, it never ceases to fascinate!
Written January 20, 2020
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Bazzarutto
Jersey, UK194 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Having read the reviews, we should have got some vouchers, been there for the opening gates and taken a Beefeater tour. Unfortunately we hadn’t read the reviews before we left!

We had wanted to visit the Tower of London for a long time so we were very much looking forward to it. We had booked our tickets online, thinking that as well as saving some money, it would also save us considerable time when arriving at the Tower.

Unfortunately this was not the case. Unless you have printed the tickets off at home, you’re required to go to the group booking window to exchange your email vouchers for actual tickets. On the day we visited we would have been much quicker just going to an ordinary ticket window where the queues were far less than the long queue of people doing exactly the same as us.

When we eventually made it into the tower we were really looking forward to visiting the crown jewels but also the torture chamber. This proved to be a huge disappointment for us.

The torture chamber consists of one small room with a rack in it and a few other bits and pieces. To say that this was an anti-climax would be an understatement. We left the torture chamber, as quickly as we had arrived in it given it is so small, and walked around the corner to go and visit the crown jewels.

As we rounded the corner we were presented with a really long line of people. We were curious as to what all these people were doing and upon enquiring with one of the helpful staff, It became clear that this in fact was the queue for the crown jewels! We were astonished! The queue at the entrance to the crown jewels is operated using a snake pattern akin to any attraction. However after the snake pattern this queue then carried on the entire length of the Tower of London to the wall closest to the river whereupon it then came back upon itself nearly all the way back to the building where the jewels are housed. There was no way we were ever going to have time to stand in the queue for so long. So it is with sadness and disappointment that we left the towel without having seen the crown jewels.

Generally I think the Tower of London is a tourist trap that offers very poor value for money and you would be much better spending your time and money elsewhere. Or read the reviews first maybe!
Written January 13, 2020
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