When

  • Open daily

Ticketing info

We would ask that you do not try to feed the ravens. They are large birds who are fed daily by our Raven Master. They can bite if they feel their territory is being threatened, so please be careful.

Included in palace admission

Legend of the ravens

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.

Spot the ravens at the Tower

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.

Biscuits and blood

‘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

The ravens eat 170g of raw meat a day, plus bird biscuits soaked in blood.

The Raven Master

View of the White Tower exterior

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

Open daily

Prepare to be entertained by captivating stories of pain and passion, treachery and torture on the Yeoman Warder guided tours at the Tower.

Tours daily, every 30 minutes

1 hour

The stunning gardens of Hampton Court Palace will be the setting for a unique cinematic experience this autumn.

30 October - 01 November 2017

Hampton Court Palace
Raven soft toy

Raven soft toy

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!

£14.99

500 facts about Tudor King Henry VIII of England, one of Hampton Court Palace's most famous residents.

Henry VIII: 500 Facts

500 facts about Tudor King Henry VIII of England, one of Hampton Court Palace's most famous residents.

£12.99

This set of wooden stacking dolls includes Henry VIII and his six wives who lived at Hampton Court Palace.

Henry VIII and his wives stacking doll

This set of wooden stacking dolls includes Henry VIII and his six wives who lived at Hampton Court Palace.

£29.99