Be part of this 700 year old ancient ceremony.
Tickets are free of charge but must be pre-booked. Bookings are available online only.
Please note: this event is popular and is usually sold out approximately 12 months in advance, unfortunately we are unable to offer a waiting list for this event.Free (advanced booking required) Buy a ticket
Footsteps echo in the darkness. The sentry cries out, 'Halt, who comes there?' The Yeoman Warder replies, 'The keys.' 'Whose keys?' 'Queen Elizabeth's keys.' 'Pass then, all's well.'
Aside from the monarch's name, this is the exact exchange that has been spoken for centuries and forms part of the traditional 'locking up' of the Tower of London.
Set amidst the mighty battlements of this ancient historic fortress, the Ceremony of the Keys is one of the oldest and most colourful surviving enactments of its kind. Although the monarch may no longer reside at the Tower, the Crown Jewels and many other invaluable objects still do, therefore its importance is still paramount today.
Visitors must pre-book and tickets are usually sold out many months in advance. Please bring the e-ticket accessed via the link on your booking confirmation. Visitors will be admitted to the Tower under escort at 21:30 hrs (9:30 pm) precisely. Late arrivals will not be admitted. The ceremony concludes at 22:05 hrs (10:05 pm) after which all visitors are escorted to the exit. There are no toilet or refreshment facilities available.
Member-only access to the traditional locking up of the Tower of London, the Ceremony of the Keys.
18 March (sold out), 15 April (sold out), 20 May (sold out), 17 June (sold out), 15 July 2018 (sold out)
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