What Would Walter Do?

Meet Sir Walter Raleigh on the 400th anniversary of his execution

Meet Sir Walter Raleigh on the 400th anniversary of his execution


  • Start date: 20 October 2018
  • End date: 28 October 2018
Live performances at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission Buy Tower of London tickets

Popular, dashing and heroic, Sir Walter Raleigh was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. The Gentleman adventurer was nonetheless imprisoned three times in the Tower for many years before his execution as a traitor.

Watch the live performance at 11.00, 13.00 or 15.00 and join Sir Walter and his wife and fellow prisoner Bess Throckmorton on an adventure of a lifetime.

Discover the risks he faced, the decisions he had to make and find out if you would have fared any better in his shoes. But be careful, one false move could get you thrown in the Tower. Or worse.

Family activities 

There is also a variety of family activities to find out more about Sir Walter Raleigh and his world.

The activities are available between 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00 with prize-givings at 13:30 and 16:00.

Your family can:

  • Crush herbs from Raleigh’s garden and make your own pomander
  • Find out about the medical properties of some of the herbs that Raleigh planted
  • Try your hand at writing like Raleigh, with a feather quill and ink on parchment – in a real Tower cell!
  • Handle replica objects relating to Raleigh's time at the Tower
  • Dress up Like Sir Walter and pose for a photo.

Do all the activities to complete your expedition and claim a special award!