Yeoman Warders

Iconic, enduring, entertaining; just don’t call them ‘Beefeaters’.

Iconic, enduring, entertaining; just don’t call them ‘Beefeaters’.

When

  • Tours daily, every 30 minutes
1 hour

Ticketing info

The tours begin every 30 minutes. The first tour is from 10:30, 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

Yeoman Warder guided tours

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. 

Explore what's on

Special commemorative firings at the Tower that take place on the Gun Park located on the Wharf.

06 February 2018

Tower of London

Gun salute begins at 13:00

Chief Yeoman Warder carrying the Tower keys

Member-only access to the traditional locking up of the Tower of London, the Ceremony of the Keys.

17 December 2017. 21 January, 18 February, 18 March, 15 April 2018

Tower of London
Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London

Be part of the Tower's Ceremony of the Keys and experience an ancient tradition that has taken place on each and every night, without fail, for at least 700 years.

Daily

Tower of London

21:30 - 22:05

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Yeoman warder stacking doll

Wooden Yeoman Warder Russian or nesting dolls are a perfect memento of the Tower of London's beefeaters.

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The Remembrance Day 2017 official coin

The Royal Mint Remembrance Day 2017 official coin

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