Legend says that the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress. According to the stories, it was Charles II who first insisted that the ravens of the Tower should be protected.
This was against the wishes of his astronomer, John Flamsteed, who complained that the ravens impeded the business of his observatory in the White Tower.
Despite the painless clipping of one wing, some ravens do in fact go absent without leave and others have even been sacked. Raven George was dismissed for eating television aerials and Raven Grog was last seen outside an East End pub.
There are seven ravens at the Tower today - the required six, plus one spare! Their lodgings can be found next to the Wakefield Tower.
These magnificent birds, large members of the genus Corvus, the crow family, respond only to the Raven Master and should not be approached too closely by anyone else.
The ravens preside over four different territories within the Tower precincts. See if you can spot them on your visit.
‘The ravens eat 170g of raw meat a day, plus bird biscuits soaked in blood.’ The Raven Master
They also enjoy an egg once a week, the occasional rabbit (complete with fur) and scraps of fried bread.Learn more about the ravens
Marvel at the imposing White Tower, a magnificent example of Norman architecture situated right at the heart of the Tower.
Prepare to be entertained by captivating stories of pain and passion, treachery and torture on the Yeoman Warder guided tours.
Tours daily, every 30 minutes
From shooting arrows, assembling firearms to brandishing swords, a thousand years of history at the Tower of London will be brought to life in this exciting, hands-on experience.
Winston is the oldest and wisest of the Raven family. A slightly pompous professor, he takes his work very seriously, educating children about the Tower of London and trying to keep the rest of the ravens in line! Dressed in his Yeoman Warder costume, this cuddly Winston the Raven can leave the Tower of London!