White Tower

Almost 1,000 years old and right at the heart of the Tower of London.

Almost 1,000 years old and right at the heart of the Tower of London.

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing info

Included in palace admission

Britain's most famous castle

Instantly recognisable, the White Tower is the most famous castle keep in the world. It was built to awe, subdue and terrify Londoners, and to deter foreign invaders. It is an iconic symbol of London and Britain.

Along with the rest of the Tower fortress, the White Tower is part of a World Heritage Site. Inside is a unique Romanesque chapel, the beautiful 11th-century Chapel of St John the Evangelist.

Home of the Royal Armouries

The White Tower showcases the historic and world-class Royal Armouries collections, including the 350-year-old exhibition, Line of Kings, as well as other treasures.

There are many unique and extraordinary arms and and armours on display, including the magnificent royal armours of Henry VIII, Charles I and James II.

White Tower tours

Enjoy a tour led by one of our expert warders. Find out about the exquisite Chapel Royal of St John and hear all about Henry VIII’s famous armours.

Torture at the Tower

On the top floor of the White Tower you will find Torture at the Tower with an original executioner's block of the 18th century, with an axe that possibly dates back to Tudor times. They were once incorrectly labelled as the implements used to behead Anne Boleyn. However, she was actually executed by sword. It is now believed that the block and axe were used at the last public beheading on Tower Hill in 1747. The basement of the White Tower is traditionally thought to be the site of the torture and interrogation of prisoners like Guy Fawkes and the Jesuit Priest John Gerard.

Explore what's on

Discover the people and stories behind the Royal Mint at the Tower of London through a series of interactive displays and installations.

Open daily

Things to see

Join an expert warden on one of our White Tower tours. Explore the beautiful Chapel of St John the Evangelist and hear tales of famous old residents at the Tower.

Open daily

Tours and talks

from 10:45, 12:45 and 14:15

Dare you visit the Tower at night and take one of our Twilight Tours? Discover secrets of the Tower's history with exclusive after-hours access.

Selected dates

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Tours and talks

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