Enjoy a merry medieval Christmas at the Tower of London

Enjoy a merry medieval Christmas at the Tower of London

Events runs 27 – 31 December, Ice Rink open 24 November – 13 January

** Book tickets to the Tower in advance on 0844 482 7799**
Events are included in palace ticket price unless stated otherwise.

Press release

Tis the season to be jolly and where better to spend this festive season than at the Tower of London. This medieval fortress will be alive over the Christmas period with an array of events to keep the whole family entertained. From Christmas festivities with the king to ice skating in the moat there is no better time to visit this historic royal palace.

Life in the Medieval Palace
Daily until 23 December
Discover what it was like to be part of the court of King Edward I, the man responsible for much of the Tower as it appears today. You will step back in time to 1284 and follow the knights and ladies of his court as they go about life in the Medieval Palace.  Discover what it was like to sleep, eat, work and play within the walls of this mighty fortress.

Merry Medieval Christmas
27 – 31 December
It’s Christmas 1284 and at the Tower you can join the court of King of England King Edward I as they prepare to celebrate the festive season. Join in the jovial atmosphere of King Edward’s court as entertainers perform around you, musicians play and sing and fools make you laugh.  Accompany the king and his court as they gather for traditional tales and fun aplenty! 

The Tower Ice Rink
24 November – 13 January
Dust off your skates and prepare to hit the ice as the Tower of London ice rink returns for another year to the Tower Moat. With the impressive wall of this medieval fortress as your backdrop there is no better place to skate this festive season. Whether a seasoned skater or a first timer, it guarantees to be a memorable festive experience. (Separate ticket required, skate hire included*).
For information and advance bookings visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk or phone 0870 602 1100.  Tickets can also be purchased from the Group Ticket Office at the Tower of London and joint palace and ice rink tickets are available.

And finally…what will be in your Christmas stocking?
The Historic Royal Palaces membership scheme is a fantastic Christmas gift for anyone who loves history, buildings, their contents and gardens – or even just a fun day out!  Members gain free access to the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace for a whole year.
Membership costs £37 a year for one adult, £58 a year for two adults or £73 a year for a family of two adults and up to three children/one adult and four children. We’ll send the lucky recipient a special gift membership pack that includes a personal message from you.

Historic Royal Palaces also offers a fantastic range of unusual gifts via mail order, online or in-store purchase. You will be inspired by the choice – such as the stunning jewel-coloured tea tins containing delicate bespoke blended tea, silk scarves and ties, and greeting cards and 2008 calendars featuring unique interior and exterior views of our palaces. Plus, purchasing products from Historic Royal Palaces directly helps to conserve these stunning palaces for future generations, as we receive no funding from the Government or the Queen and all our income goes back in to our conservation work.

Notes to Editors

For further information please contact Amy Wright on 020 3166 6166 or email amy.wright@hrp.org.uk

For images, please register on http://hrp.newsteam.co.uk which holds our gallery of images. You can browse and download hi-res images from this site. Usage is free for editorial.

Opening Hours

 1 Nov - 29 Feb Opening Times    Last Admission Closing Times 
 Tues - Sat  09.00 16.00  17.00 
 Sun - Mon  10.00 16.00 17.00 

Admission Prices    
Adult: £16.00
Concession: £13.00
Child: £9.50
Under 5s: Free
Family ticket:  £45.00

*Ice rink ticket prices (per session including skate hire):

  Off Peak  Peak 
Adult   £10.00 £12.00
Child (under 16)   £7.50 £7.50
Concessions  £9.50 £11.00
Family   £30.00 £30.00

Peak tickets: Evening sessions from 5.15pm session, weekends, Christmas Eve
and New Year's Eve.
Off-peak tickets: Weekday morning and afternoon sessions up to and including
the 4.00pm session.
Family ticket: 1 adult and 3 children or 2 adults and 2 children

Timed skating sessions:
10:00 - 11: 00, 11:00 - 12.00, 12.15 - 13:15, 13:30 - 14:30, 14:45 - 15:45, 16:00 - 17:00, 17:15 - 18:15, 18:30 - 19:30, 19:45 - 20:45, 21:00 - 22.00

Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your allotted / booked session to allow time for skate fitting etc

Maximum skate sizes: children size 8, adult size 13

Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

This is an out door event and no refunds will be given due to inclement weather.
Ice skating can be hazardous, all patrons are reminded that they skate at their on risk.

Please note an ice-rink ticket does not allow access inside The Tower of London.

Save 25% when you buy a joint ticket and ice rink ticket
For more information and to book joint tickets, visit

Note: The visit to the Tower must take place on the same day as the ice rink session. 

Historic Royal Palaces
Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

We receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.

These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

We believe in four principles.  Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world.  Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work.

www.hrp.org.uk      registered charity number 1068852

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