Prisoners of the Tower

Prisoners of the Tower

Locked in the Tower

Discover the stories of some of the Tower's most famous prisoners... 

New interactive exhibits and tales of treason, torture, imprisonment and escape for families to discover 

Explore the real experiences and difficult choices of past inmates at the world’s most famous prison this summer with the Tower of London’s new interactive Prisoners displays.  Opening 4 July with the re-enactment of the dramatic escape of the first prisoner Bishop Flambard, many towers within the fortress will now give you exciting new audio and visual ways to discover what it was like to be imprisoned in the imposing Tower of London. You can also make your own personal prisoner adventure with our new prisoner game cards, free to every visitor with their ticket.

From playing the role of news reader breaking the top story of the arrest of Guy Fawkes, to using video to join in scenes of court life and mingle with high status prisoners in the Upper Salt Tower, you can immerse yourself in real stories of where, why and how people were incarcerated in the Tower of London.

You can also have your say on what you think about imprisonment, comparing society’s attitudes today with those of the past, and on July weekends only experience ‘Thrown in Prison’, a one-off costumed event.

Explore the prisoners' stories at the Tower of London and follow in their footsteps this summer.


Further Information

Admission is included in your Tower of London entrance ticket and is FREE for members. Find out more about our membership scheme >

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