Ceremony of the Keys

Ceremony of the Keys

A Yeoman Warder standing in front of the White Tower at night

Be part of this 700 year old ancient ceremony!

Tickets are issued free of charge but, due to the popularity of the ceremony, it is necessary to follow the process below to apply for tickets.

About the Ceremony of the Keys

The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has taken place on each and every night, without fail, for at least 700 years. The importance of securing this fortress for the night is still very relevant because, although the Monarch no longer resides at this royal palace, the Crown Jewels and many other valuables still do!

The Ceremony of the Keys is fully booked until November 2014.

Book online for visits from 1 January 2015 >  

For visits up to 31 December 2014

Current availability (Dates not specified below are still currently available)

All dates except for:

  • October 2014 - Fully booked
  • November 2014 - Fully booked on 1-16, 20-24, 28-29
  • December 2014 - Fully booked on 5-7, 9-10, 12-13, 21-23, 25, 27-30

Please note updates are posted on this page as soon as possible, however we cannot guarantee a date will still be free when we receive your application due to the great demand for tickets.

Requests for Tickets to the Ceremony of the Keys

Tickets are issued free of charge but, due to the popularity of the ceremony, it is necessary to follow the process below for applications.

Please apply in writing including the following with your letter:

  • Names of all attendees
  • Two possible dates you can attend. Check for availability above before sending your application to avoid disappointment. Dates may become fully booked due to the high demand for tickets before we receive your application.
  • A self-addressed envelope together with the requisite British postage stamps, or a minimum of two 'Coupon-response international'. Please note that American or other non-British stamps are not valid in the UK. For UK applicants, please use one first class stamp on your self-addressed envelope.

From 1 February 2014, applications received without an SAE will not be processed.

Please post applications to: Ceremony of the Keys Office Tower of London LONDON, EC3N 4AB Great Britain Tel: +44 (0)20 3166 6278. International Reply Coupons are readily available. 

Alternative option if you are unable to purchase IRC's: 

1. Purchase a book of six first class stamps and attach three to your self addressed envelope:

Buy first class stamps 

Please note: Each application is limited to a maximum of six persons between 1 April and 31 October inclusive. During the period 1 November to 31 March inclusive, each application will be limited to a maximum of twelve persons. Applications from third parties (ie. Tour Organisers, Tour Guides, Hotels etc.) will not be processed. We regret that we cannot process applications made over the telephone, by e-mail or facsimile.

Attending the Ceremony of the Keys

Please bring the original ticket issued by the Tower of London. Visitors will be admitted to the Tower under escort at 21.30 hrs (9.30pm) precisely.

Please note that late arrivals will not be admitted. The ceremony will conclude at 22.05 hrs (10.05pm) after which all visitors will be escorted to the exit. There are no toilet or refreshment facilities available. Photography is not permitted during any part of the ceremony.

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