Medieval Palace

Step inside the luxurious lodgings of two kings when you visit the Medieval Palace.

Step inside the luxurious lodgings of two kings when you visit the Medieval Palace.


  • Open daily

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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, talks about her favourite piece, a battered lead toy knight. She says, '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.

'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

Explore what's on

The Great Pagoda, showing the top three storeys.  A tree with autumn leaves is in the foreground. The Great Pagoda is an imitation Chinese octagonal tower of ten storeys designed by Sir William Chambers and completed in 1762.

An exclusive peek into the latest offering at Kew Palace – the Great Pagoda will be re-opened to the public.

Opening in Summer 2018

Kew Palace

Fountain Court, looking west. The courtyard fountain can just be seen through an archway on the left.

Get an expert’s guide of what there is to see and do at each palace with one of our State Apartment Warders at Hampton Court.

12 April, 12 May, 7 June 2018

Hampton Court Palace

Member only Tours and talks

Tours begin at 11:00 and 14:00

The Wakefield Tower and the Bloody Tower Arches with visitors walking towards the Torture at the Tower exhibition.

Prepare to be shocked by terrifying instruments of pain and learn more about the unfortunate prisoners who experienced torture at the Tower of London.

Open daily

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