Ceremony of the Keys

Ceremony of the Keys

A Yeoman Warder standing in front of the White Tower at night

Be part of this 700 year old ancient ceremony!

Tickets are issued free of charge but, due to the popularity of the ceremony, it is necessary to book as far in advance as is possible.

About the Ceremony of the Keys

The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has taken place on each and every night, without fail, for at least 700 years. The importance of securing this fortress for the night is still very relevant because, although the Monarch no longer resides at this royal palace, the Crown Jewels and many other valuables still do!

The Ceremony of the Keys is fully booked until August 2015.

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Booking conditions

  • Tickets are non-transferable. We are not able to change names on bookings under any circumstances.
  • There is a maximum number of tickets that are available to any one applicant.  Multiple bookings under the same name will be cancelled or could be refused entry on the night.
  • We do not accept bookings by groups or third parties, tour operators etc.  Any bookings will be cancelled.
  • We are not able to offer a waiting list.

Attending the Ceremony of the Keys

Please bring the e-ticket accessed via the link on your booking confirmation.  Visitors will be admitted to the Tower under escort at 21.30 hrs (9.30pm) precisely.

Please note that late arrivals will not be admitted. The ceremony will conclude at 22.05 hrs (10.05pm) after which all visitors will be escorted to the exit. There are no toilet or refreshment facilities available.

Photography is not permitted during any part of the ceremony.

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