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Ticketing info

Included in palace admission Book tickets

Recreating all the pomp and ceremony of a lavish court entertainment, visitors will be immersed into the sights, smells and sounds of the Tudor court, brought to life with dazzling displays of sword fighting, courtly games, and music. There’ll be a host of weird and wonderful Tudor instruments to discover, and the chance for young visitors to try out pieces of armour for size.

Throughout the day, visitors can witness the knights arming themselves for battle, or watch as the court musicians prepare for their royal command performance. Crowds will gather to cheer on the rival knights as they compete for glory, and soak up the thrill and spectacle of the joust as guests of the King.

Daily schedule

11.00 (15mins) - Dancing for the King and Queen
East Front Gardens
Enjoy some Tudor dancing and maybe learn some yourself.

11.15 (15mins) - Sword Fighting Display
East Front Gardens – Fighting Area
Courtiers practice the art of defence

11.30 (30mins) - Arming of the Knights
East Front Gardens – Round Pavilion
Watch the brave knights prepare for the joust.

12.00 (20mins) - Falconry display
East Front Gardens
Watch the falconers and falcons at work.

12.25 (5mins) - Entrance of the Royal Party for Joust
East Front Gardens – Joust Arena
The king and his court arrive for the joust.

12.30 (40mins) - The Joust
East Front Gardens – Joust Arena
Immerse yourself in the thrill and spectacle of the joust.

14.00 (15mins) - Tudor Music
East Front Gardens
Meet some of Henry’s court musicians, their wonderful instruments and hear them play.

14.30 (15mins) - Sword Fighting Display
East Front Gardens – Joust Arena
Courtiers practice the art of defence

14.45 (30mins) - Arming of the Knights
East Front Gardens – Round Pavilion
Watch the brave knights prepare for the joust.

15.00 (15mins) - Dancing for the King and Queen
East Front Gardens
Enjoy some Tudor dancing and maybe learn some yourself.

15.15 (20mins) - Falconry display
East Front Gardens
Watch the falconers and falcons at work.

15.40 (5mins) - Entrance of the Royal Party for Joust
East Front Gardens – Joust Arena
The king and his court arrive for the joust.

15.45 (40mins) - The Joust
East Front Gardens – Joust Arena
Immerse yourself in the thrill and spectacle of the joust.

All day activities

  • Meat Roasting
  • Tudor Games
  • Tudor Surgeon (except when joust is on)
  • Have-a-go crossbow (except when joust is on)

Defend the Tower is a costumed, live historical re-enactment. You must help our heroic guards defend the mighty castle against its most dangerous enemies.

Open daily until 20 October

35 mins

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.

Currently closed for essential maintenance

Prepare to be dazzled by this breathtaking, world famous collection of 23,578 gemstones that are still used in royal ceremonies today.

Open daily