Closures and notices

Closures and notices

The Tower of London from across the river

At times, we may have to close areas of the Tower at short notice, so please be advised of the following essential information concerning your visit.

The Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula 

The chapel is a working community chapel and can sometimes close during opening hours. It is used for Sunday services and occasional weekend ceremonies. If there is an evening service or event the chapel will close after the last Yeoman Warder tour.

If you are visiting specifically to see the chapel, we recommend that you check before purchasing tickets.

Saturday 3 May - The chapel will close at 14.30 due to a private wedding taking place.

Find out more about the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula >


Gun Salutes

These special commemorative firings take place on the Gun Park located on the Wharf. You do not need a Tower ticket to watch them as they can be viewed on Tower Hill, however closer views will be available inside the Tower for ticket holders.

Please note the Wharf will close at least an hour before the gun salutes and there will be no access to the parts of the Wharf during the set up and duration of the gun salutes. 

There may be more salutes but are dependent on whether state visits are planned.

Gun salutes are 62 rounds unless stated.Gun Salute at the Tower of London

May (date TBC) - State Opening of Parliament

Monday 2 June - HM Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation

Tuesday 10 June - HRH Duke of Edinburgh's birthday

Saturday 14 June - HM Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday

Friday 14 November - HRH Prince Charles' birthday


Further information

We recommend visitors allow at least 3 hours to see everything. The Tower becomes very busy during school holidays, including half terms. 

We expect to be especially busy over the Easter school holidays (from 5 April) and the Easter bank holiday weekend in particular (18-21 April).

Please allow extra time during these periods, where queues will form for many parts of the Tower, particularly the Crown Jewels and the ticketing areas. 

The last Yeoman Warder tour starts at 14.30 (winter), 15.30 (summer). If you require more information on any of the announcements listed, please contact us directly in the Visitor Services department.

Telephone +44 (0)20 3166 6266
Email VisitorServices.TOL@hrp.org.uk

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