Battlements

Explore the defensive inner wall and it's towers that have protected for centuries.

Explore the defensive inner wall and it's towers that have protected for centuries.

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Walk the walls at the Tower

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.

South Battlements

Medieval Palace

The luxurious Medieval Palace contains recreations of fabulous interiors used by medieval kings and queens during their visits to their most important fortress.

St. Thomas’s Tower

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.

Wakefield Tower

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.

Lanthorn Tower

Discover rare objects dating back to the time of Henry III and Edward I.

Salt Tower

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.

East Battlements

Broad Arrow Tower

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.

Fighting Platform

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.

Constable Tower

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.

Martin Tower

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.

Sculpture of a baboon made from galvanised wire.
The entrance to the upper storey of the Bowyer Tower after conservation in 2016, looking east along the North Battlements. The Brick Tower can be seen in the background, and the Waterloo Barracks on the right.

North Battlements

Royal Beasts

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.

Bowyer Tower

Discover the story of the Duke of Wellington – war hero, prime minister and Constable of the Tower of London.

Flint Tower

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.

A Yeoman Warder adjusts his medals on his bright red traditional uniform
Tours and talks Highlights

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

Daily

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Children dressed as knights at the Tower of London
Events Families

Enrol in Knight School at the Tower of London this February half term. Train to become a knight and defend the Tower from attack!

16-24 February 2019

Tower of London

10:00-16:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Bloody Tower, looking north towards lattice windows. The windows are set in a white-painted brick alcove.

The Bloody Tower was built by King Henry III (1207-72) and was originally named the Garden Tower.
Things to see

Explore the stories of the Princes in the Tower and Sir Walter Raleigh in the infamous Bloody Tower.

Open daily

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration features the iconic White Tower with a silhouetted Tower raven perching at the top of the Tower.

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration

This sparkling silver luxury White Tower hanging decoration is hand embroidered using the same metal thread work techniques used to sew royal dresses and finery in centuries past.

£10.99

Featuring a sculpted designed of the Tower of London and an axe-shaped handle, this novelty mug makes a great gift.

Tower of London mug

Featuring a sculpted designed of the Tower of London and an axe-shaped handle, this novelty mug makes a great gift.

£10.99

Tower of London letters black t-shirt, 100% cotton

Tower of London letters black t-shirt

This stylish Tower of London themed black college t-shirt is a perfect memento of your visit to the Tower. Available in small to XXL

17.99