What's on for families

What's on for families

Family visits at the Tower of London

Families have always lived and worked in this famous fortress, from royal families to guards, servants, and even prisoners! Now you can join them for an exciting day of discovery. However old your children are, there is plenty to see both inside and out that will entertain them... whatever the weather.
 

 

Easter activities: Knight's Quest

5 - 17 April, 11.00-16.00 daily

The year is 1390. Have you and your family got what it takes to become medieval knights? Come and put your skills to the test in our 4-step challenge.

1. As a family of knights, your coat of arms is your way of saying who you are and what you stand for. Learn about heraldic symbols and design your own unique Coat of Arms.

2. In order to defend their land, go off to war and survive the odd jousting tournament, a good knight needed lots of training. Join the fortress garrison and learn some Combat Skills.

3. Young knights-in-training were sent off to other noble households to get an education. Send yourselves off around the Tower and discover the answers to our Knight’s Quiz.

4. Knights were expected to share the same values and keep to the same code of practice. Show off your knightly qualities at the Tower of London and become masters of the Art of Chivalry.

Tweet photos of your achievements using #knightschool to receive extra feedback and recognition!


Tudors at the Tower

Saturday 24 – Monday 26 May  10.30–16.30

Bring your family to the Tower of London over the Bank Holiday weekend; join in with the preparations for the coronation of Anne Boleyn and immerse yourself in a living Tudor world. Sample Tudor cuisine, try your hand at archery and crafts, play Tudor music and step back into 1533 to become a knight, an actor or a court fool. Meet the new queen and her king and don't forget to explore our exciting pop-up palace where you will be surrounded by 360 degree digital projections. 


Tower Archaeology Weekend

19-20 July

Archaeology Weekend is an annual, free community event that gives the public access to the foreshore of the Tower of London, also called 'Tower Beach'. Participants can try their hand at archaeology, looking for interesting things that have washed up on Tower Beach over the years. Professional archaeologists are on hand to identify what people find. There are family activities on Tower Wharf, where people can look at historic objects, speak to conservation specialists and learn more about archaeology and the Tower.


Yeoman Warder Tours

Join one of these famous tours where Yeoman Warders (popularly known at ‘Beefeaters’) will entertain you with tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution, torture and much more. Tours start near the main entrance every 30 mins. 


Activity trails

Why not explore the home of the Queen's Crown Jewels and the rooms of Edward I with our family trails. Packed with fun quizzes, activities, facts and illustrations, they are the perfect way to explore the Tower as a family.

Trails are free and are available throughout the year. Pick up a trail at the Welcome Centre, or download them below.


Multimedia guides

Discover the Tower with one of our multimedia guides and experience five different tours - choose stories about the Normans and before, and the Medieval Palace. Find out more about imprisonment and execution inside the Tower and be dazzled by the Crown Jewels. Finally, listen to our Chief Yeoman Warder telling you what it's really like to live inside a Royal Fortress. A guide for children is also available.


Fun games to play!

Enjoy yourselves! Visiting a Historic Royal Palace shouldn’t be boring. Try these entertaining activities with your family:

Give us a clue
You’ll hear about all sorts of interesting people during your visit. Take it in turns to pretend to be one of them, or act our part of their story, and see if the others can guess who you are.

Kids rule!
Since the White Tower was built, there have been six kings and one queen under sixteen.  How about letting your children take the lead? You might be surprised where they want to go; remember to call them “Your Majesty” and to bow and curtsy!

So many Towers!
Look around, there isn’t just one Tower of London, there are twenty! Some still have people living in them, some store valuable items and some are used by palace staff. See how many you can get to during your visit; and how many more you can see.

School holidays
During school holidays we have costume guided events and craft activities that are mainly aimed at primary school children. Visit our ‘What’s on’ section for more information on current and upcoming events.


Tower Highlights 

With so much to see and do visit our tower highlights page to find out more.

Downloadable Resources

Some files are provided in PDF format - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.

  1. Click here to download Acrobat Reader
  2. Alternatively, Adobe offers a service for converting PDFs into HTML or plain text. Access this service here


    Jewel House Family Trail: Tower of London
    (Adobe PDF, 9.92MB)

    Medieval Palace family trail: Tower of London
    (Adobe PDF, 447KB)

    The Tower - a guide for families
    (Adobe PDF, 1.41MB)

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