Children at the Tower

Children at the Tower

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Here is some information to help you plan your family visit to the Tower.

Babycare and pushchairs

There are baby-changing facilities located in the disabled toilet in the New Armouries café. There is also a female-only baby care facility in the Brick Toilets behind the Jewel House. Please ask a member of staff for details.

Parts of the Tower are not pushchair friendly and many of the surfaces are cobbled. There are several places to leave pushchairs around the Tower, however this will be at your own risk. There is a secure buggy park next to the Salt Tower. You will not be able to take pushchairs into the White Tower, but there is a pushchair park outside the entrance. Please note that a £1 coin is required to operate these buggy parks and they are at two locations; The Salt Tower (no.29) and Henry III’s Watergate (no.19) on the visitor map (PDF, 1MB).

Suitability

Please be aware that parts of the Tower, including the Torture exhibition and sections of the Yeoman Warder tour, can seem frightening or scary to young children.

Ravens

Please do not try to feed our famous ravens. They are large birds with powerful beaks, who are fed daily by our Ravenmaster. They can bite if they feel that their territory is being threatened so please be careful!

Clothing and footwear

Visits include plenty of walking on uneven, cobbled surfaces. Please wear comfortable shoes and as you may spend a lot of time outdoors, please ensure you dress warmly in winter. Unfortunately, the Tower of London is not able to offer any cloakroom/left luggage facilities.

Take your time

There are lots of places to sit down and relax. You don't have to do it all in one day. Why not become family members and come back to the Tower of London and our other historic royal palaces as often as you like? Our staff are ready to answer your questions, some are fully trained storytellers! The Tower of London visit planner has lots of ideas of things to see and do at the Tower in one, two and three hour visits.

Lost children

Point out the Yeoman Warders ('Beefeaters') in their distinctive uniforms and let your children know they can trust them if they are lost. Lost children are taken to the sentry box by the West Gate. The Yeoman Warders are also the people to contact if anyone requires first aid, although of course speak to any of our staff in an emergency. Wristbands are available free of charge from our Welcome Centre on Tower Hill. Please pop in and ask a member of staff for a wristband before you enter the Tower. All you need to do is write down your mobile number on the band and slip onto your child.  We’ll use that number to help us reunite you as quickly as possible, should you become separated.

Visiting with children on the Autistic Spectrum

This guide for parents/carers (PDF, 1.3MB) was compiled with the help of the National Autistic Society and families with children on the Autistic Spectrum. It aims to give information and suggestions that may help inform people who bring children on the Autistic Spectrum to the Tower of London. As every child on the Autistic Spectrum is different, and responds to things differently, parents/carers need to decide how to plan and undertake a visit, so we hope this guide will answer common questions and highlight issues of relevance.

Any questions?

If you have any further questions about your visit, please check the Visit Us pages, the frequently asked questions pages or contact us.

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