Good cheer and merriment at the Tower of London in winter 2016

Good cheer and merriment at the Tower of London in winter 2016

8 November 2016

Tower of London, EC3N 4AB (Nearest tube: Tower Hill)

London’s famous fortress gets festive this year as the Tower of London prepares for the Christmas season. The Tower of London ice rink offers the perfect spot for a skate against the dramatic backdrop of the Tower in the heart of the City. A special programme of traditional music will fill the hallowed walls of the Chapel Royal, St Peter ad Vincula, with dulcet tones of the season. Medieval celebrations will be brought to life through costumed characters from the court of King Richard III over the festive period and the Tower will be decorated throughout with traditional Christmas trees.

The ice rink returns to the dry moat for a perfect place to skate this winter. Off the rink, the ice bar Eis Haus Ice Experience is filled with elaborate ice sculptures and sophisticated cocktails, plus the Dip Dunk Lodge offers tasty food and beverages to warm up and refuel.

The beautiful Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula inside the Tower of London will host three special concerts this winter. The Odyssean Ensemble, directed by Colm Carey, will perform sacred music by the great Tudor composer Thomas Tallis, and this will be interspersed with seasonal readings read by David Suchet. The Tower’s own Choir of the Chapels Royal present Britten’s celebrated A Ceremony of Carols amongst a programme of music for Choir and Harp. All female medieval ensemble Joglaresa will delight with nowells, wassails and lullabies, in the intimate setting of this Tudor chapel.

King Richard III and Queen Anne Neville will roam the Tower along with knights and ladies of medieval England recreating the celebrations of medieval England. Jesters and minstrels will entertain visitors as they walk through the Tower, as we remember that the Tower of London was once a lavish palace as well as an impenetrable fortress.

With almost a thousand years of history to explore, the Tower of London is a perfect place to soak up some seasonal merriment this year.

For more information on visiting the Tower of London visit For more information on visiting the Tower of London ice rink and to buy tickets, visit

Notes to Editors

For further information contact 020 3166 6166


Tower of London Opening Hours


01 November - 28 February (winter)

 Tuesday - Saturday        09.00 - 16.30

 Sunday - Monday           10.00 - 16.30

 Last admission               16.00


Tower of London Admission Prices






Tower of London





Historic Royal Palaces Membership (free admission to all the palaces for a year)


(1 adult)



(2 adults)




(1 adult)



(2 adults)


Tower of London Ice Rink Opening Hours

First skate 11.00am – last skate 9pm

NB. Admission to the Tower of London ice rink is separate to admission to the Tower of London.


Ice Rink Prices

Adult: £13.50

Children Under 12:  £9.50

Student / Concession / Under 16: £11.50

Family Ticket

2 Adults / 2 Children: £38.00

Discounted Tickets: £5.00 

Group Bookings:  Book 11 tickets for the price of 10


Box Office Opening Hours

Open daily from 10.30am – 9.00pm


Eis Haus Opening Hours

  • Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 9:30pm (Last Entry) – Close 10pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 10:30pm (Last Entry) – Close 11pm


Eis Haus Ticket Prices

Admission - 25 minute session inside Eis Haus Experience

  • Entry Per Person - £15.00
  • Student / OAP - £13.50
  • Children 16 & Under – only allowed access until 6.30pm - must be accompanied by an Adult - £12


Monday 28 November 7pm-8.15pm

Odyssean Ensemble

Colm Carey, director

Puer Natus est : A boy is born

Tudor music in a Tudor Chapel: a Tudor celebration of Advent and Christmas, with music by Thomas Tallis, interspersed with readings.


Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London, EC3N 4AB



Wednesday 30 November 7pm-8.15pm


Belinda Sykes, director

Caroles of Nunnes and Roses - a Medieval Yuletide

Celebrate Yule with the five luscious female voices of Joglaresa (Britain’s premier Medieval Ensemble). There'll be nowells, wassails and Christmas lullabies (including the gorgeous Nuns of Chester Christmas lullaby) and they will accompany themselves on harp, bells, bagpipes and percussion.


Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London, EC3N 4AB



Friday 2 December 7pm-8.15pm

Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London

Helen Sharp, harp

Colm Carey, director

A Ceremony of Carols

A varied and colourful programme of music for Advent and Christmas, including Britten’s iconic Ceremony of Carols.


Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London, EC3N 4AB



Medieval Christmas

27 – 31 December
11.30am – 3.30pm

Included in Tower of London admission

Spend Christmas with King Richard III, Queen Anne Neville, and the nights and ladies of medieval England. With jesters and minstrels adding to the entertainment, visitors can explore how the Tower wasn’t just a prison and a fortress but a palace fit for royal celebration.

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