Explore the defensive inner wall and it's towers that have protected for centuries.
The huge stone battlements forming the Tower's walls have protected kings and queens since Henry III's fortifications in the mid-13th century.
Take the Wall Walk to explore the Medieval Palace and the secrets of these huge towers. Along the way, you’ll discover the many different roles the Tower of London has played, from Medieval times right through to the 20th century.
The Tower was once a royal residence and has even played host to a zoo. But, above all else, it has served as a mighty fortress and is the current protector of the Crown Jewels.
The luxurious Medieval Palace contains recreations of fabulous interiors used by medieval kings and queens during their visits to their most important fortress.
Built by Edward I in the late 1270s. He used this room to meet important visitors and conduct business in front of the huge fireplace.
Built by Edward's father Henry III, the Wakefield Tower was completed some 40 years earlier than St. Thomas's Tower. Explore the room that was probably Henry's council chamber and marvel at his meticulously reconstructed throne.
Discover rare objects dating back to the time of Henry III and Edward I.
Scratched into the walls of the Salt Tower, you will find graffiti left by prisoners almost 500 years ago.
This tower originally overlooked the Thames, and in times of trouble, archers on the ground floor were able to protect it by shooting through the five arrow loops. During peaceful times the room was a storehouse.
From the 14th century, the Broad Arrow Tower was connected to the government department responsible for royal supplies – the Wardrobe. Today, the Broad Arrow Tower has been re-presented as a guard tower, its original use.
Wield a crossbow and find out how the medieval garrison would have defended this section of the inner curtain wall at this interactive exhibition.
This addition to the East Battlements recreates the atmosphere of a fortress in operation, where the garrison would have assembled in case of attack. Hear the sounds of the garrison at peace and at war, under cover of the wooden roof that would have protected them.
Security breached! Tower raided! Here you can explore the remarkable story of the only time the defences of the fortress were ever breached – the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.
These days, the Crown Jewels are kept in the Waterloo Barracks, but from 1669 until 1841 they were kept in the Martin Tower.
Today this tower houses the Crowns and Diamonds exhibition, which tells the story of the English royal crowns.
For 600 years, wild and exotic animals were kept at the Tower of London. Discover why they were here and what their life was like in the Tower at Royal Beasts.
Discover the story of the Duke of Wellington – war hero, prime minister and Constable of the Tower of London.
In the 20th century, the Tower continued to play an important defensive role for Britain. Hear the story of how this ancient fortress continued to play its part in a modern-day war.
Enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine whilst you shop, and get your book signed by Lucy Worsley, our Joint Chief Curator.
29 November 2018
Tower of London