Iconic, enduring, entertaining; just don’t call them ‘Beefeaters’.
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
Join one of these famous tours where Yeoman Warders will entertain you with tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution, torture and much more…
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).
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!
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.
Prepare to be dazzled by this breathtaking, world famous collection of 23,578 gemstones that are still used in royal ceremonies today which reside at the Tower of London.
Tower of London
Allow one hour
Come to the Tower of London this February half term and join our Knight School. Train as pages then squires, until at last you are worthy to become Knights of the Tower!
10-18 February 2018
Tower of London
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".