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
Things to see Highlights

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

Open daily

A woman and child interact with an armoury exhibit in Armoury in Action within the White Tower of the Tower of London
Families Things to see

Shoot arrows, assemble firearms and brandish a sword in this exciting, hands-on experience in the White Tower.

Open daily

A Tower of London warden speaks to a visitor in the White Tower
Tours and talks

Explore the beautiful Chapel of St John the Evangelist and hear tales of famous old residents at the Tower with an expert warden.

Daily

From 10:45, 12:45 and 14:15

The Lionheart sword is a representation of the sword that Richard I, fearless warrior, carried in his quest for Jerusalem.

Richard the Lionheart sword

The Lionheart sword is a representation of the sword that Richard I, fearless warrior, carried in his quest for Jerusalem.

£200.00

Gauntlets inspired by Gothic armour popular during the late 15th century. Fully articulated and constructed from polished steel.

Medieval armour - gauntlets

Gauntlets inspired by Gothic armour popular during the late 15th century. Fully articulated and constructed from polished steel.

£150.00

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