Tower of London

Discover London’s castle – a secure fortress, royal palace and infamous prison

Discover London’s castle – a secure fortress, royal palace and infamous prison

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

Open daily

Actor dressed as Medieval Lady

Step back seven hundred years in time and into the palace of King Edward I, Hammer of the Scots.

30 October - 23 December 2017 and 02 January - 09 February 2018

11:00–12:30 and 13:30–15:30

Ice skates silhouetted against the Tower ice rink with Tower in the background

Glide around the rink and take in the magical ambience of the castle beside the Thames, which offers a unique and unforgettable setting.

17 November 2017 - 02 January 2018

Skating sessions are 45 minutes on the ice. We recommend that you arrive 30 minutes before your session to get ready to take to the ice!

Illustration of Guy Fawkes by George Cruickshank

Tower prisoners

Although the Tower wasn’t built as a prison, hundreds of people were incarcerated here. Among the most famous prisoners was gunpowder plotter Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators. 

Boy runs towards the White Tower at the Tower of London.

Visit the Tower of London

Discover the stories that never got out.

Over the drawbridge and behind the castle walls lie unexpected tales of lost princes, WW1 spies and daring escapes.

 

 

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Photo of a little girl exploring historical objects with the help of a male member of staff at Hampton Court Palace

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Volunteers support the palaces in many different ways. See what roles we have available and register your interest.