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The Guardians of the Tower

'If the ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall...'

'If the ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall...'

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing info

Included in palace admission

Legend of the ravens

It is said 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 the ravens of the Tower be protected. This was against the wishes of his astronomer, John Flamsteed, who complained 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 are fed by our Raven Master and dine on a special diet of raw meat, and blood covered bird biscuits. They also enjoy an egg once a week, the occasional rabbit (complete with fur) and scraps of fried bread. Some lucky visitors may witness the ravens snacking - but please be careful and do not feed the ravens yourself, as they can bite if they feel their territory is being threatened.

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

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 fine bone china mug in delicate pink and silver features a cameo portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Princess Diana fine bone china tankard

This fine bone china mug in delicate pink and silver features a cameo portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales.

£40.00