Ceremony of the Keys

Ceremony of the Keys, London: Address, Phone Number, Ceremony of the Keys Reviews: 5/5

Ceremony of the Keys
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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 Gateway • 2 min walk
  • Tower Hill • 2 min walk
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clcadden
Coventry, UK15 contributions
EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE
Oct 2021
Having booked this I wasnt sure what to expect I had watched videos but it was still a surprisingly amazing experience that I couldnt even try to explain its a must The only advice is book early as sometimes its booked a year in advavnce I managed to get 2 ccncelations at seperate time for myself and a friend so its worth keep checking the ticket site.
Written October 28, 2021
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Lottie
Essex, UK11 contributions
Significant and Unique Experience
Oct 2021 • Solo
Not a performance for tourism but an experience of one of the lesser known traditions of British Military and Royal history. Performed every single night for hundreds of years, you are welcomed inside to have a brief overview of the towers significance and the ceremony itself led by one of the Yeoman. You then watch as the doors are secured for the night under escort of the military guard. No photographs are permitted of this event but they do allow questions that follow and I would highly recommend this experience if you can snag an invite or ticket.
Written October 23, 2021
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Jane L
London, UK17 contributions
A must do
Sep 2021 • Couples
A must do if you are staying in London.

An excellent and unique experience which I have wanted to attend for many years and I was not dissapointed.

The Yeoman warder (we had Spike) walks you in, explains the ceremony to you and answers any questions.

It feels a privilege to attend and is very moving. I would highly recommend attending and Spike was outstanding.
Written September 20, 2021
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Katie H
Exeter, UK6 contributions
A must see..
Aug 2021 • Family
We attended the ceremony of the keys at the Tower of London on the 15th August and it was absolutely amazing certainly a privileged opportunity. At 21:30 we were guided in by Yeoman Warder Kelly or #beefy409 who was very personable, funny and knowledgeable. #beefy409 told us the ceremony has been ongoing for over 750 years without fail and has only been delayed once due to a ww2 bomb. We watched the ceremony and had the opportunity to ask questions and take photographs after. So fascinating and entertaining even my kids (12 & 7) really enjoyed it...A must see when in London..
Written August 20, 2021
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Hayley I
Glasgow, UK2 contributions
Its a must do!
Aug 2021 • Couples
Ceremony of the key has always been on my London bucket list for years and this year i was lucky enough to get tickets. It did not disappoin. Its a must see thing to do and be part of centuries tradition. Yeoman Warder Darren Hardie was first class explaining the ceremony, what happens during it and stories of the Tower. Thank you for a great memorable experience.
Written August 9, 2021
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Kay D
Wordsley, United Kingdom115 contributions
A Real Must
Aug 2021 • Couples
We had what I can only say was a privilege to witness the ‘Ceremony of the Keys’. The whole experience from start to finish was extremely well organised and the Yeoman made everything so interesting with his historical tales. I would certainly recommend this event
Written August 7, 2021
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bestcornishcat
United Kingdom21,061 contributions
An enjoyable slice of history
Jun 2021 • Couples
Well organised and interesting, thanks to the knowledgeable and good humoured Yeoman Warder who led our small group. Despite it clashing with the UEFA semis he was happy to answer questions after the ceremony. He also dealt calmly with a woman who fainted just before a key element of the ceremony.
I’ve since recommended it to others.
Written July 19, 2021
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Stephen Chicago
Chicago, IL51 contributions
Highlight of London
Sep 2019 • Couples
You absolutely MUST do this. It was the highlight of our 10 days in London, and all for a £1 booking fee... We visited the Tower a few days before during the day and that was fun. But being there when everyone else has left, in the black of night, with rain and wind coming in of the ancient river Thames, while witnessing and being part of living history is an experience I will forever cherish.
Written April 29, 2020
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Sydneysider1112
Kent, UK94 contributions
A Must See
Feb 2020 • Couples
Highly recommend going, fantastic and fascinating experience. Our Yeoman Steve was informative and engaging.
Written February 22, 2020
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KaneyCumbria_England
Workington, UK268 contributions
Short but sweet
Feb 2020
Visiting The Tower Of London when all the visitors have left is a unique experience. Made much better by the Beefeaters, on this occasion Scott Kelly.
We visited on Feb 2nd after booking tickets over 18 month ago.
We even arranged our stay in London based upon our tickets.
But well worth it. We'd visited a few years ago and enjoyed it so much we hoped we would attend the ceremony again.
I could repeat everything the previous reviewers have said, but it has all been said.
All I can add is it is definitely worth the visit.
It is a brilliant experience to be in the The Tower of London when your part of a small group, usually about 30. To see and hear the soldiers, last post etc is wonderful.
The Beefeaters are knowledgeable, friendly and explain the ceremony from start to finish.
To be able to attend this ceremony (and for free) was an honour, I'd suggest, recommend a visit.
Written February 6, 2020
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