Be part of this 700-year-old ancient ceremony
Tickets are free but must be pre-booked. Bookings are available online only.
Please note: this event is very popular. Tickets are released every six months.
We are unable to offer a waiting list for this event.
Free (advanced booking required)
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.
Tickets for the Ceremony of the Keys must be booked in advance. It becomes fully booked very quickly.
Tickets for dates from May 2020 to October 2020 will become available on 1 November 2019. We are fully booked up to April 2020.
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 precisely. Late arrivals will not be admitted.
The ceremony concludes at 22:05 after which all visitors are escorted to the exit. There are no toilet or refreshment facilities available.