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Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London

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

Lady Jane Grey

Known as the ‘Nine Day Queen’, Lady Jane had the shortest reign in British history

John Blanke

A black musician at the Tudor court

Imagining Anne Boleyn's Coronation in 1533

Curator of Historic Buildings, Alden Gregory imagines the ambitious festivities that Henry VIII commissioned to welcome Anne Boleyn as his second Queen Consort.

Henry VIII

Who was the real Henry VIII?

Death of Elizabeth of York at the Tower of London

Tracy Borman delves into the story behind the death of the original Tudor Queen, within the walls of this royal fortress.

WHAT'S ON AT THE PALACES

  • Things to see

Hampton Court Gardens

Take time to explore and relax in these world-renowned gardens and find our free entry Garden Open Days dates.

  • Open in line with palace opening hours.
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • 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.

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

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.

  • Open
  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Henry VIII's Kitchens

Transport yourself back to the heyday of Tudor feasting and entertainment in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

  • Open
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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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.

  • Open
  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Tower Hill Execution Memorial

Complete your visit to the Tower of London at the Tower Hill Memorial, in what is now Trinity Gardens. Here, an estimated 125 people were executed– including many prisoners of the Tower.

  • Daily
  • Tower of London
  • Free
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OTHER PAGES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

Imagining Anne Boleyn's Coronation in 1533

Curator of Historic Buildings, Alden Gregory imagines the ambitious festivities that Henry VIII commissioned to welcome Anne Boleyn as his second Queen Consort.

Death of Elizabeth of York at the Tower of London

Tracy Borman delves into the story behind the death of the original Tudor Queen, within the walls of this royal fortress.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's secret wedding at Whitehall Palace

In the early morning of 25 January 1533, Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn in a secret marriage service in Whitehall Palace. Only a handful of witnesses were present: a chaplain, two members from Henry's privy chamber and one of Anne Boleyn's attendants.

Henry VIII Funeral

Curator of Historic Buildings Alden Gregory explores the elaborate hearse created to mark Henry VIII’s death, and how it links to the King’s use of temporary architecture during his life.

A royal Christmas celebration

Experience Christmas like the royals! Discover how royalty celebrated at Hampton Court Palace in the past, through games, storytelling and craft in this key stage 2 school session.

A royal Christmas celebration

Find out how Christmas was celebrated at Hampton Court Palace in this key stage 1 session.