'If the ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall...'
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.
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 Ravenmaster 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 are fed by our Ravenmaster 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
Marvel at the imposing White Tower, a magnificent example of Norman architecture at the heart of the Tower of London.
Discover captivating stories of pain and passion, treachery and torture on the Yeoman Warder tours at the Tower of London.
Tours daily, every 30 minutes.
1 hour. Last tour of the day starts 15:30 (summer)
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!
Henry VIII bear, named after Hampton Court Palace's notorious resident King Henry VIII, in a traditional Tudor costume. Suitable for little princes and princesses aged three years and above. Measures 28cm.