Yeoman Warder tours

An iconic introduction to the Tower

An iconic introduction to the Tower


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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 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.