Member-only Ceremony of the Keys


  • 15 April (sold out), 20 May (sold out), 17 June (sold out), 15 July 2018 (sold out)

Price: Free for Historic Royal Palaces members

The event is free but we ask for a donation of £5 on the night towards conservation costs.

This event cannot be booked online.


Free (advanced booking required)

The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has taken place on each and every night, without fail, for at least 700 years. We have very limited allocation of places so book early to secure your place.

Please arrive promptly at 21:30 as latecomers will not be admitted. This event is held entirely outside so please wrap up warm and weather-proof.

This event can only be booked over the phone and places cannot be reserved online.

Please note: all dates are fully booked. Please call 020 3166 6327 to be put on the waiting list.

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