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Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London

The ‘Beefeaters’ have been guarding the Tower since Tudor times

The story of the Tower of London

Iconic fortress, royal palace and infamous prison

The story of Hampton Court Palace

Home of Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty

Life at the Tudor court

In the Tudor period, a monarch’s home was centre of the nation

Henry VIII

Who was the real Henry VIII?

Henry VIII's children

All three ruled England

WHAT'S ON AT THE PALACES

  • Things to see

Tower Green & Scaffold site

Walk in the footsteps of those condemned to execution at the Tower of London on Tower Green and the Scaffold Site.

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  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Royal Beasts

Discover why exotic animals were kept at the Tower of London and see how they lived in the Royal Menagerie.

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  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Line of Kings

Marvel at the historic armour of Henry VIII, Charles I and James II in the Line of Kings at the White Tower.

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  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Imprisonment at the Tower exhibition

Learn why people ended up as prisoners in the Tower of London, in the very rooms where some of them were held.

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  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Tours and talks

Audio guide tour

Explore deeper with the Tower of London audio guide tour. Discover extra information about the Tower's history, plan your day and find out more about our cafés and shops.

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  • Tower of London
  • Separate ticket
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  • Families
  • Things to see

Armoury in Action

Shoot arrows, assemble firearms and brandish a sword in this exciting, hands-on experience in the White Tower.

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  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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OTHER PAGES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

Responding to Climate Change in the Hampton Court Gardens

As our climate changes, so do our gardens. Graham Dillamore, Head Gardener at Hampton Court Palace, shares how his team are adapting to these challenges.

Drilling for Dates

People think I’m nuts because I love roofs. But not only are they among the best preserved parts of our palaces, they also hold secrets within them, and can reveal information which isn’t contained in any documents. The latest roof to receive treatment is the Great Watching Chamber. It is one of our most important Tudor roofs.

How we acquired The Bristowe Hat

The Bristowe Hat is a very rare example of Tudor or very early Stuart fashion. It first appeared on my desk in the form of an email – 'Did we want it?'  I was certainly very intrigued...

Objects Unwrapped: Tudor Leather Mache Putto from Hampton Court

Putti are representations of small male children often with wings, found in religious and secular artwork. They were a popular form of decoration during the Renaissance.

Objects Unwrapped: A Tin-glazed Floor Tile Found at the Tower

This tin-glazed ceramic floor tile is decorated with a deer in a landscape, surrounded by concentric circles and trefoil motifs in the corners. It would originally have formed part of a decorative floor, consisting of similar style tiles but with different animals and patterns in the centre.

The Lost Tiltyard Tower at Hampton Court Palace

Archaeologists at Hampton Court Palace have uncovered the remains of one of the palace’s famous five lost Tiltyard Towers. The discovery of this green-glazed tile floor has solved a three-hundred-year-old mystery.