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

Explore London’s iconic castle and World Heritage Site without the usual crowds. Get up close to the Crown Jewels, meet the legendary Yeoman Warders and ravens and see the Tower like never before.

Illustration of Christmas at the Tower with animals in the background and a Yeoman Warder at the centre.

Christmas at the Tower of London

Until 03 January 2022

Experience the Tower of London as never before in a brand new festive encounter for all ages.   

Young boy looking towards the imperial state crown in the Crown Jewels exhibition
Things to see

Prepare to be dazzled by this breathtaking, world famous collection of 23,578 gemstones at the Tower of London.

Open

Tower of London

Allow one hour

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Tower of London Deputy Ravenmaster attends to a raven with Tower Green and the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula in the background.
Things to see

Meet the famous ravens at the Tower of London and discover why they are known as the guardians of the Tower.

Open

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A Yeoman Warder gives a tour to a group of visitors outside the chapel of St Peter Ad Vincula at the Tower of London
Things to see Tours and talks

Discover captivating stories of pain and passion, treachery and torture with our Yeoman Warder tours at the Tower of London.

Open

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

NEW Yeoman Warder looking at blooms of yellow, white and red flowers in the moat.
Things to see Families

See the Tower of London’s iconic moat transformed into a spectacular, vibrant field of flowers in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

01 June to 18 September 2022

Tower of London

Separate ticket

Illustration of Christmas at the Tower with animals in the background and a Yeoman Warder at the centre.
Christmas Things to see

Discover the iconic history of the Tower of London this Christmas through the animals that once lived within these walls, with a magical, festive experience for all ages.

01 December 2021 - 03 January 2022

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

NEW Illustrated image of an explosion against a red background and the title 'The Gunpowder Plot' in black letters sits in the centre of the image.
Things to see Events

Journey back in time to unmask the mysterious figures behind the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 with a new immersive experience by Layered Reality™ inside the Tower Vaults.

From May 2022

Tower of London

Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00-18:30

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Pete McGowran, Chief Yeoman Warder, shown inside the Tower of London.

Inside the Tower of London series 4

20.00, Thursdays on Channel 5

Inside the Tower of London is back for series 4. Go behind the walls of the nation’s most historic and best loved attraction during a momentous year for the Tower.

Find out more
Online illustrated drawing of a White Tower wall

Looking for an extra special gift?

We are offering a unique opportunity to become a custodian of one of the ancient stones that make up the walls of the White Tower at the Tower of London. Sponsor a stone for a friend or loved one, giving them something uniquely personal. 

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Christmas decorations sitting on wrapped present boxes

Christmas gifts and tree decorations

Discover unique souvenirs inspired by our palaces and give a gift of history this Christmas.

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Illustration of Edward Francis

Edward Francis

An enslaved African who lived at the Tower of London.

White Tower through Middle Drawbridge Arch

Blog: The Life of Edward Francis

Misha Ewen, Curator of Inclusive History, reflects upon her research on the life of Edward Francis—an enslaved African man who lived at the Tower of London in the late seventeenth century.

One of the most important surviving images of Elizabeth I, this portrait was almost certainly painted from life, and the resulting pattern for the queen's face was to be repeated for the remainder of her reign.

Elizabeth I

Elizabeth, the daughter of Anne Boleyn, the condemned traitor-queen, had even been imprisoned in the Tower of London but became queen of England.

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Close up of conservator cleaning the workings of the portcullis inside the medieval Byward Tower. Dark room. Details of wood, rope and the metal grating.

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Help us to conserve these historic buildings, ensuring they are here for future generations to enjoy. We raise all our own funds and depend on your support.

Children standing in front of the White Tower

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Lucy Worsley, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, speaks at a reception

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