Line of Kings

Royal armour through the ages.

Royal armour through the ages.

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission Buy Tower of London tickets

History of the Line of Kings

The Line of Kings was created in the seventeenth century and is one of the earliest museum exhibits. It was installed for King Charles II by the Royal Armouries to promote the restored monarchy. Historic armours were displayed on life-like wooden figures, including those of Henry VIII, Charles I and later James II, in a parade of beautifully-carved horses. Queens and less popular monarchs were left out as they didn't play a part in this royal message to early Tower visitors.

Over the centuries the Line of Kings has been re-arranged a number of times. Today, you can enjoy a display that combines this fascinating Tower story with amazing royal objects and their individual histories.

Royal armour and surprising tales

The magnificent tournament armour of King Henry VIII and the gilded armours of Charles I and James II take pride of place. However, there are many other rare and superbly-crafted pieces made for noblemen as well as common soldiers. The Royal Armouries have always featured extraordinary curiosities - discover the armours of the ‘Giant’, the ‘Dwarf’ and the gift from the ‘Great Mogul’.

These intriguing objects may not be quite what they seem...

Centuries of visitors

Visitors to the Line of Kings are following in the footsteps of 350 years of visitors from all over the world. Read what visitors throughout history have thought of the exhibition, and leave your own impressions for future guests.

In partnership with the Royal Armouries

History of the exhibition Discover the timeline

'The horses richly caparisoned, seemed ready to rush into battle.'

César de Saussure, 1725

View of the White Tower exterior

Marvel at the imposing White Tower, a magnificent example of Norman architecture at the heart of the Tower of London.

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Things to see Highlights
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