Medieval Palace

Step inside the luxurious lodgings of two Medieval kings

Step inside the luxurious lodgings of two Medieval kings

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The world of Henry III and Edward I

Enter the world of Henry III and his son Edward I, two medieval kings who did much to give the Tower the appearance it has today.

When Henry and Edward expanded the Tower’s defences in the 13th century, they also added a new, luxurious palace. For hundreds of years to come, kings and queens would stay in these rooms.

Inside the Medieval Palace at the Tower

St. Thomas's Tower, the Wakefield Tower and the Lanthorn Tower are known collectively as the Medieval Palace.

Today, the towers house recreations of fabulous interiors used by medieval kings and queens during their frequent but short visits to their most important fortress.

St. Thomas's Tower

St Thomas's Tower was built by Edward I in the late 1270s. Edward didn’t stay at the Tower very often, but on his rare visits he used this room to meet important visitors and conduct business in front of the huge fireplace.

The Wakefield Tower

The Wakefield Tower was built by Henry III some 40 years earlier. This room was probably a private audience chamber.

Here you will find an intricate, replica canopied throne, which has been reconstructed from 13th-century descriptions.

The Lanthorn Tower

The Lanthorn Tower contains rare objects dating back to the time of Henry and Edward.

Jane Spooner, our buildings curator, says about her favourite piece, a battered lead toy knight: "It dates from about 1300 and I particularly like this piece because it reminds us that the Tower of London wasn’t just a place where kings, queens and tough soldiers were. It’s also a place where children lived and played."

The wizard and the King's bed

In the St. Thomas's Tower, there is a re-creation of Edward I's bedchamber. The starting point for making an accurate replica came from Edward's financial accounts which recorded a payment of '11 shillings and a penny for timber, boards and sawn panels for a bed for the lord King and for transporting it through England'.

The little chantry off the bedchamber is one of the most peaceful and evocative spaces in the whole of the Tower of London.

St Thomas's Tower. Reconstruction of the king's bedchamber in the medieval palace as it might have appeared during the reign of King Edward I (1272-1307).

'When we were recreating Edward I’s bed, one of the most useful sources we found was a medieval picture showing the conception of the wizard Merlin.'

Assistant curator, Susan Holmes

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.

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Tower of London

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A row of suits of armour and wooden horses statues in the Line of Kings exhibition in the White Tower of the Tower of London.
Things to see

Marvel at the historic armour of Henry VIII, Charles I and James II in the Line of Kings at the White Tower.

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Tower of London

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A young girl looks in amazement from the stone Battlements at the Tower of London
Things to see

Walk the defensive inner battlements and huge towers that have guarded the Tower of London for centuries.

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Tower of London

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Official Tower of London guidebook shows the many faces of the Tower from menagerie and jewel house to fortress and prison.

Official Tower of London guidebook

Official Tower of London guidebook shows the many faces of the Tower from menagerie and jewel house to fortress and prison.

£4.99

Miniature armour - suit of armour made to one-third the scale of the original.

Miniature armour - suit of armour

Replicating European suits of armour from the second half of the 16th century, this fully articulated suit of armour is made to one-third the scale of the original.

£300.00

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