Planning your Learning & Engagement visit

Planning your Learning & Engagement visit

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Essential practical and planning information for making a successful learning visit to the Tower of London.


Admissions open from Thursday 1 September – Friday 16 December

Sessions available from Monday 12 September – Friday 9 December

Learning admission rates

Additional students are charged at the standard concession group rate. Check availability at the learning rates >


 Under 5s  Free
 Age 5-15 (KS 1-4)  £3.85
 Age 16 and over (KS5 and above)  £5.40

Teachers and adult helpers

Teachers and adults accompanying groups are admitted free of charge up to the following ratios:

  • Students aged 6 yrs and under: 1:5
  • Students aged 7 to 18 yrs: 1:10

Additional adults will be charged at £20.25 each.

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On-site supervision 

All students must be accompanied by an adult at all times while at the Tower of London. Groups should contain a minimum of one adult per ten students aged 7-16 years old, and one adult per five students aged 6 and under. 

Groups with an inadequate number of accompanying adults may not be admitted.

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Academic year 2016-17

Autumn term:

Admissions open from Thursday 1 September – Friday 16 December

Sessions available from Monday 12 September – Friday 9 December

Half term = Monday 24 – Friday 28 October


Spring term:

Admissions open from Tuesday 3 January – Thursday 7 April

Sessions available from Monday 9 January – Friday 7 April

Half term = Monday 13 – Friday 17 February

Easter holidays = Monday 10 - Friday 21 April

Good Friday = Friday 14 April

Easter Monday = Monday 17 April


Summer term:

Admissions open from Monday 24 April – Friday 21 July

Sessions available from Monday 24 April – Friday 14 July

Half term = Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June

Bank holiday = Monday 1 May


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What is included 

The reduced learning admission rate includes access to:

  • The White Tower
  • Jewel House and Crown Jewels
  • The Royal Beasts exhibition in the Brick Tower
  • Edward I's Medieval Palace
  • The Ravens  

Access to the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula is possible towards the end of the day following the final Yeoman Warder tour.

The learning admission rate does not include:

  • The Yeoman Warder tours.
  • Historical re-enactments.

Please note that groups who wish to bring a Blue Badge Guide in with them are not eligible for the learning rate.

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Sessions and workshops

Learning sessions will enhance your pupils' experience of the Tower. Led by expert presenters, all sessions are closely based on the national curriculum, as well as affording opportunities for cross-curricular learning.  We also offer study days for A-Level students.

All sessions have a maximum capacity of 35 students and are subject to availability during term time. Many run Monday to Friday through the autumn, spring and summer terms, while others are only available at certain times of the year. See individual session listings for full details.

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As with any historic building, access to the Tower can be difficult. Obtain a copy of the Tower's Access Guide by calling 020 3166 6646. Or read more about Tower accessibility.

Wheelchair access
The Jewel House and the Bowyer Tower are completely accessible.

There is a lift between the ground floor and the basement of the White Tower – please speak to the Yeoman Warder on duty on Tower Green to access this.

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Planning help for teachers

For an introduction to the Tower of London, including where to go when you arrive and an overview of the key people you will meet during your visit, watch our schools introduction video.

Free preliminary visit tickets

For every booking you'll receive a voucher for two preliminary visit tickets.

Most group leaders find visiting in advance extremely useful for planning the main visit and we recommend familiarising yourself with the Tower. Tickets are valid for any day up to the date of your visit and are redeemed at the entrance.

Useful resources

Essential information for your visit (PDF) >
A pack of practical information to help teachers plan a successful visit to the Tower of London with students.

Your short guide to the history of the Tower of London (PDF) >
Key facts about the Tower of London and its residents.

Risk assessment and health & safety agreement (PDF) >
A useful document to help you complete your risk assessment.

Map (PDF)>
Use this map to find out where the important sights and facilities are at the Tower.

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