Closures and notices

Closures and notices

The Tower of London from across the river

At times, we may have to close areas of the Tower at short notice, so please be advised of the following essential information concerning your visit. 

 

 

 

 


General

The South Wall Walk will be closed between 20 February - 3 March to allow our maintenance team to carry out repairs and conservation work to the walls, floors, and windows. It will partially re-open on the 25 February allowing access to the Medieval Palace.

The Jewel House cinema displays will not be operating between 1 - 6 March so that essential works can be carried out. This will not affect viewing of the Crown Jewels.

The East Wall Walk will be closed between 6 - 10 March so that our team of surveyors can carry out work in the Broad Arrow Tower.


 

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.

Monday 20 February - the Chapel will close at 15:15 due to a private service taking place.

Wednesday 1 March – the Chapel will close at 16:30 due to a private service taking place.

Sunday 26 March – the Chapel will be closed until 13:15 due to a baptism taking place.

Friday 31 March – the Chapel will close at 14:30 due to a private event taking place.

Saturday 8 April – the Chapel will close at 15:00 due to a wedding ceremony taking place.

Sunday 9 April – the Chapel will be closed until 13:00 due to a baptism taking place.

Sunday 16 April – the Chapel will be closed until 13:30 due to a private service taking place.

Saturday 22 April – the Chapel will close at 15:00 due to a wedding ceremony taking place.

Find out more about the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula >


Gun Salutes

Gun Salute at the Tower of London

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.

Friday 21 April - Birthday of HM The Queen

Friday 2 June - Coronation of HM The Queen

Saturday 10 June - Birthday of HRH Prince Philip

Saturday 17 June - Official birthday of HM The Queen

Tuesday 14 November - Birthday of HRH Prince Charles


 

Constable's Dues

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.

 


Further 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 February half term (9 - 20 February), 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). Please be aware that in poor weather conditions, an amended Yeoman Warder tour will be given in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. If the Chapel is unavailable, tours may not take place.

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.

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Telephone +44 (0)20 3166 6266
Email VisitorServices.TOL@hrp.org.uk

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