Yeoman Warder tours

An iconic introduction to the Tower of London

An iconic introduction to the Tower of London

When

  • Daily

Ticketing information

The tours begin every 30 minutes. The first tour starts at 10:00 (Tuesday to Saturday) and at 10:30 (Sunday and Monday). The final tour of the day starts at 15.30 (summer) or 14.30 (winter).

Tours begin near the main entrance to the Tower of London and last one hour. In poor weather conditions, tours may be adapted or cancelled.

Please be aware that parts of the Tower, including the Torture exhibition and sections of the Yeoman Warder tour, may seem frightening or scary to young children.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Join one of these famous tours of the Tower of London, where Yeoman Warders will entertain you with tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution, torture and much more...

A Yeoman Warder tour is included as part of your Tower admission ticket. Simply join the tour at the signposted spot near the entrance.

Royal bodyguards

The 'Beefeaters', as they are nicknamed, have long been symbols of London and Britain.

It is thought their nickname is derived from their position in the Royal Bodyguard, which permitted them to eat as much beef as they wanted from the king's table.

Yeoman Warders are a detachment of the 'Yeomen of the Guard' and they have formed the Royal Bodyguard since at least 1509. Their origins stretch back as far as the reign of Edward IV (1461-83).

Recruiting Yeoman Warders

Yeoman Warders must have served in the armed forces for at least 22 years, reaching the rank of warrant officer, and they must also have been awarded the long service and good conduct medal.

The current contingent of warders have between them served in Northern Ireland, the Falklands War, Bosnia, the first and second Gulf conflicts and Afghanistan.

They are happy to answer your questions about the Tower and are some of the most photographed guards in London!

A Yeoman Warder talks to a crowd of visitors and points to the Tower of London as he begins his tour at on the Causeway
A Yeoman Warder speaks expressively to two visitors as they listen on intently. The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula can be seen in the background
A Yeoman Warder in full uniform giving a tour of the Tower of London to a group of visitors. Tudor and medieval buildings can be seen in the background
A male staff member from the Yeoman Body is shown in their full uniform/regalia.

Warders behaving badly

Today's immaculately behaved and salaried Yeoman Warders would no doubt be shocked by the complaint of Sir John Peyton, the Lieutenant of the Tower in 1598, when he declared some were 'given to drunkenness, disorders and quarrels'.

Young boy looking towards the imperial state crown in the Crown Jewels exhibition
Things to see Highlights

Prepare to be dazzled by this breathtaking, world famous collection of 23,578 gemstones at the Tower of London.

Open daily

Tower of London

Allow one hour

Included in palace admission (members go free)

View of the White Tower exterior
Things to see Highlights

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

Open daily

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Sir Walter Raleigh's Study downstairs in the Bloody Tower at the Tower of London, showing a desk and walls with projections.
Things to see

Explore the stories of the Princes in the Tower and Sir Walter Raleigh in the infamous Bloody Tower.

Open daily

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Yeoman Warder Tree Decoration - Yeoman warder tree decoration beautifully handmade with metal and silk threads on satin.

Yeoman warder luxury embroidered tree decoration

Yeoman warder tree decoration beautifully handmade with metal and silk threads on satin.

£10.99

Front cover of the official Tower of London guidebook featuring Chief Yeoman Warder

Official Tower of London guidebook

Official Tower of London guidebook shows the many faces of the Tower from menagerie and jewel house to fortress and prison.

£4.99

Front cover of the book 'The Ravenmaster - life with the ravens at the Tower of London showing a black raven on red background

The Ravenmaster - life with the ravens at the Tower of London

Find our more about the life of the Ravenmaster and the ravens at the Tower of London. The Ravenmaster is set the task to look after the birds, where legend has it if they were to perish or leave the tower the crown and kingdom will fall.

£14.99