Closures and notices
The top floor of the White Tower will be closed from 1 October until 15 December to allow for the installation of a new exhibition called Armoury in Action.
Our Coins and Kings exhibition about the Royal Mint will close at 12.00 on 1 December for the rest of the day, whilst we complete some urgent maintenance. It will re-open on 2 December.
The Martin Tower will be closed between 16 - 27 January 2017 to allow maintenance works to be carried out within the exhibition.
The Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula
The chapel is a working community chapel and can sometimes close during opening hours. It is used for Sunday services and occasional weekend ceremonies. If there is an evening service or event the chapel will close after the last Yeoman Warder tour.
If you are visiting specifically to see the chapel, we recommend that you check before purchasing tickets.
Friday 2 December - the Chapel will close at 14:30 due to a private event taking place.
Sunday 4 December - the Chapel will close at 15:30 due to a private event taking place.
Tuesday 6 December - the Chapel will close at 15:30 due to a private event taking place.
Wednesday 7 December - the Chapel will close at 15:00 due to a private event taking place.
Saturday 17 December - the Chapel will close at 14:30 due to a private event taking place.
Sunday 18 December - the Chapel will be closed all day due to a private event taking place.
Saturday 14 January 2017 - the Chapel will close at 14:30 due to a private event taking place.
Saturday 22 April 2017 - the Chapel will close at 14:30 due to a wedding taking place.
These special commemorative firings take place on the Gun Park located on the Wharf. You do not need a Tower ticket to watch them as they can be viewed on Tower Hill, however closer views will be available inside the Tower for ticket holders.
Please note the Wharf will close at least an hour before the gun salutes and there will be no access to the parts of the Wharf during the set up and duration of the gun salutes.
There may be more salutes but are dependent on whether state visits are planned.
Gun salutes take place at 13.00 and are 62 rounds unless otherwise stated.
During the middle ages successive kings believed it was their right to get tolls from vessels on the Thames. The Constable of the Tower of London was allowed to demand these tolls on the king's behalf. In 1381 King Richard issued a grant that required every galley passing the Tower to present 'two roundlets of wyne' to the Constable.
More Constable Dues's will take place this year, please check back for information.
We recommend visitors allow at least 3 hours to see everything. The Tower becomes very busy during school holidays, including half terms.
During the period between Christmas and New Year (27 - 31 December), we expect to be extremely busy. We strongly advise arriving as early as possible.
The Tower of London is closed on 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January. We are open as usual all other days.
Please allow extra time during these periods, where queues will form for many parts of the Tower, particularly the Crown Jewels and the ticketing areas. Do try to get here early.
The last Yeoman Warder tour starts at 14.30 (winter), 15.30 (summer). If you require more information on any of the announcements listed or want advice on planning a visit, please contact us directly in the Visitor Services department.
Telephone +44 (0)20 3166 6266