On 23 May 2018, last admission will be at 16:00 with the buildings and exhibitions closing at 16:30. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Yeoman Warder guided tours

An iconic introduction to the Tower

An iconic introduction to the Tower

When

  • Tours daily, every 30 minutes.
1 hour. Last tour of the day starts 15:30 (summer)

Ticketing information

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

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

Included in palace admission Buy Tower of London tickets

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

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!

Warders behaving badly

Today's immaculately behaved and salaried Yeomen 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’.

A Yeoman Warder tour is one of the most popular attractions for visitors to the Tower. It is included as part of your admission ticket; simply join the tour at the signposted spot near the entrance. 

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Exterior view of the White Tower and the lawn taken from the south by the Wakefield Tower

Member luncheons in the Sargeant’s Mess (formally known as the Perkin Reveller) hosted by Jascots Wine Merchants

6 July 2018 (sold out)

Tower of London

Member only

From 12:00

Exterior of Banqueting House with Whitehall in the foreground under a blue, partially cloudy sky

Walk in the footsteps of the condemned King and stand on the spot of Charles I's execution, just outside Banqueting House.

Open daily

Banqueting House

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Iron spikes descending from a stone arch, a portcullis, on the Bloody Tower

Explore the Tower of London’s early years as a formidable fortress and discover why it has been both feared and revered.

Open daily

Tower of London

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The Remembrance Day 2017 official coin

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The Royal Mint Remembrance Day 2017 brilliant uncirculated poppy commemorative coin is the first official coin minted by the Royal Mint to commemorate Armistice Day. The design, by Stephen Taylor, features red Flanders poppies, the longstanding symbol of remembrance and the inscription "Silence Speaks When Words Can Not".

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