Why visit the White Tower?
The White Tower is one of the most famous castle keeps in the world. It was built, to awe, subdue and terrify Londoners and to deter foreign invaders. It’s an iconic symbol of London and Britain.
Along with the rest of the Tower complex, the White Tower is one of the most important historic buildings in the world. It’s part of a World Heritage Site and is an example of Norman Architecture. Inside is a unique Romanesque Chapel, the beautiful 11th-century Chapel of St John the Evangelist.
There are arms and armour on display including the magnificent royal armours of Henry VIII, Charles I and James II.
Armoury in Action
From shooting arrows, assembling firearms to brandishing swords, a thousand years of history at the Tower of London will be brought to life in this exciting, hands-on experience.
More about the White Tower
White Tower tours
Enjoy a tour led by one of our expert wardens. Find out about the exquisite Chapel Royal of St John and hear all about Henry VIII’s famous armours.
When: Daily at 10.45, 12.45, and 14.15.
Torture at the Tower
On the top floor of the White Tower is a Block and Axe that possibly date back to Tudor times. They were once incorrectly labelled as the axe used to behead Anne Boleyn, she actually died by sword. It is traditionally believed to be the one used at the last public beheading on Tower Hill in 1747. The Basement of the White Tower is believed to be the site of the torture and interrogation of prisoners like Guy Fawkes, and the Jesuit Priest John Gerard.