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Key stage 1 sessions

KS1 schoolchildren on a visit to the Tower of London.

Fire! Fire!

It's 1666. Fire is approaching the Tower of London's doorstep... and the Tower is filled with gunpowder. Find out how the Great Fire of London took hold and what happened next.

Key stage 1
Subject: History
Topic: Great Fire of London
Session Type: Route-based

KS1 schoolchildren on a visit to the Tower of London.

Knights and Castles

Discover how the Tower of London was built and the clever features that make it a good fortress. See if you have what it takes to become a knight.

Key stage 1
Subject: History
Topics: Castles, Normans, Medieval
Session Type: Route-based

Close-up detail of portcullis (metal bars) on a gateway at the Tower of London.

Gunpowder plot

Remember, remember the 5th of November! It is 1605 and a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament has just been uncovered. The plotters have been brought to the Tower for questioning, but they refuse to tell the guard who else is involved...

Key stage 1
Subject: History
Topic: Stuarts, Gunpowder Plot
Session Type: Route-based

Two actors dressed as Bishop Gundulf and a detective as part of the schools video 'The Scoop: White Tower Report' about the Normans and the building of the White Tower and its political, cultural, religious, and military impact on London. The films are available on HRP YouTube.

Learning resources

Looking for resources to use in the classroom with your students?

Browse all of our curriculum-based learning resources covering 1000 years of history, including the Tudors, Georgians and Victorians.

You'll find resources for Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 and SEND.



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Members-Only Carol Service at St Peter ad Vincula

Join us for a traditional service of lessons and carols sung by the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula and immerse yourself in Christmas tidings at the heart of the Tower of London.

  • 18 December 2023
  • Doors open at 18:00 for 18:30 start
  • Tower of London
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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  • Events

Members-Only Christmas Concerts

Join us for a colourful range of Christmas Carols, old and new, performed by the Choir of the Chapel Royal, HM Tower of London.

  • 14 and 15 December 2023
  • Doors open at 18:30 for 19:00 start
  • Tower of London
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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  • Tours and talks

Tower Twilight tours

Dare you visit the Tower at night and take one of our Twilight Tours? Discover secrets of the Tower's history with after-hours access.

  • 1 October - 28 January 2024
  • 19:00 - 20:30
  • Tower of London
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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The story of the Tower of London

Iconic fortress, royal palace and infamous prison

The Medieval Palace

Luxurious royal lodgings from the 1200s

A History of Royal Jubilees

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, we look back at the history of royal jubilee celebrations through the ages.

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The story of the Tower of London (1)

Explore the stories that come from the historic home of royal power in England - the Tower of London.


Medieval knights tankard (1)

Medieval knights tankard inspired by the royal arms of England. Featuring intricate dragon detailing this beautifully designed mug has a detailed chain entwined around the handle. Perfect for re-enactments or a gift for someone who loves all things medieval.