Tower of London

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

An actor dressed as a medieval soldier in armour

Which side you will join in the Norman Conquest? Follow the story through battles, treachery, rebellion and the founding of the Tower of London.

21 October - 29 October 2017

11:30, 13:30 and 15:30

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Join us at the Tower of London for drawing and puppet making activities over October half term.

22 October - 28 October 2017

11.00 to 15.30

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. 

Buy 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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We are a charity and there's several ways you can support us.

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