Accessibility

Concessions and carer tickets

The Tower of London welcomes all visitors and aims to make everyone’s day out successful and enjoyable.  We are committed to improving access and facilities for visitors with disabilities.

However the Tower of London is an historic building with difficult stairs and passageways and wheelchair access is limited. There are a large number of steps throughout the Tower with cobbles laid in some of the surfaces and pathways.  There are some low doorways.

Disabled visitors receive a concession rate admission ticket and are entitled to bring an accompanying adult/carer free of charge.

Please note that carer tickets can only be obtained on the day of your visit showing proof of registered disability.

Access guide

Our full colour and comprehensive access guide includes detailed information, help and advice for visitors. For those with mobility requirements and wheelchair users, there is a colour map detailing routes and other useful information.

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Deaf or hard of hearing visitors

Induction loops

Induction loops are available throughout the Tower in the following locations:

  • Ticket boxes
  • Welcome Centre
  • Yeoman Warders carry portable induction loops

Switch your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting to activate.

BSL Tours of the Tower

Book your place in advance for a British Sign Language tour of the Tower of London. Available on selected dates only.

Book a BSL tour

Beyond the Deepening Shadow

BSL sessions

There will be a British Sign Language interpreter on site on 09 November, who will be signing introductions for the 18:00 and 19:00 sessions of Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers.

To reserve your place, please book a ticket through our Contact Centre (0345 200 1918 or textphone 18001 020 3166 6000).

You will be asked to meet 30 minutes before your timeslot.

Blind or partially sighted visitors

Descriptive tours

Join our expert 'vocal eyes' trained wardens on a descriptive tour of the Jewel House and the White Tower (45-70 minutes). Visitors should book in advance by contacting us.

Visitor Services Department:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3166 6266
Email: VisitorServices.TOL@hrp.org.uk

Handling points

Our Handling Point is located in the basement of the White Tower. Information here is available in Braille and tactile format.

Armoury in Action

Experience history hands on with our Armoury in Action gallery. This exhibition includes many tactile elements to explore. A large-print guide to the display is also available.

Audio guides

Discover the Tower with our tour written especially for blind and partially sighted visitors. This guide is free with admission and includes a tactile map.

Magnifying sheets

Magnifying sheets are available in the Welcome Centre.

Beyond the Deepening Shadow

Audio described sessions

We will be holding audio described sessions for visually impaired visitors for Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers on 06 and 07 November at 18:00 and 19:00.

To book, please call our Contact Centre (0345 200 1918).

You will be asked to meet your guide 30 minutes before your timeslot.

Guide dogs welcome

All recognised guide, assistance or service dogs - including assistance dogs in training - are welcome inside the Tower. Please make sure they are wearing their designated jacket or lead slip. Owners should also bring the dog's 'Assistance Dogs (UK)' identification book (or the appropriate international equivalent) with them.

Unfortunately, due to conservation concern and the nature of items on display, we do not allow emotional support animals to enter at this time.

Visitors with limited mobility

Whilst we strive to make the Tower accessible to all visitors, this historic building features difficult stairs and passageways where wheelchair access is restricted.

Mobility aids

A number of wheelchairs are available (free of charge) from the Welcome Centre at the main entrance. These cannot be pre-booked and are issued on a first-come first-served basis.

Virtual tours

A virtual tour of the Medieval Palace and the Battlements is available.

Lifts and ramps

There is a lift in the White Tower which takes visitors to the basement.

Ramps can be found in the following places:

  • The New Armouries café
  • Near the Raven shop

Accessible travel

Underground, Overground and DLR

Tower Hill (Underground), London Bridge (Overground) and Tower Gateway (DLR) stations are fitted with lifts to street level.

Riverboat

The majority of riverboats now have dedicated wheelchair spaces.

Taxi, coach and car

Blue Badge allocated parking spaces can be found in the Tower Hill Coach and Car Park. The nearest drop-off/collection point is on Lower Thames Street, a two minute walk from the Tower.

Transport for London travel access

Visitors with other access needs

View our guide for parents/carers of children and adults on the Autistic Spectrum for more information.

Guide for parents/carers of children and people on the autistic spectrum and related conditions

Compiled with help from the National Autistic Society and our Access Panel at the Tower of London.

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Explore our access tours

Photograph of the White Tower from the front
Tours and talks

Descriptive tours of the Jewel House and White Tower are available to visually impaired and blind visitors.

Selected dates - advance booking is required

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A member of Tower of London staff signs to a visitor
Tours and talks

Tour the Tower of London grounds with a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter at no additional cost.

Selected dates

Tower of London

10:30-16:30

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Bride and Groom at Garden Room entrance
Events

Looking for a wedding venue? Explore the unique spaces at Hampton Court Palace.

3 March 2019

Hampton Court Palace

11:00-15:00

Free

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration features the iconic White Tower with a silhouetted Tower raven perching at the top of the Tower.

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration

This sparkling silver luxury White Tower hanging decoration is hand embroidered using the same metal thread work techniques used to sew royal dresses and finery in centuries past.

£10.99

Tower of London letters black t-shirt, 100% cotton

Tower of London letters black t-shirt

This stylish Tower of London themed black college t-shirt is a perfect memento of your visit to the Tower. Available in small to XXL

17.99

Royal Beasts Unicorn tree decoration is beautifully handmade using metal and silk threads on a satin background

Royal Beasts Unicorn tree decoration

The Unicorn is a legendary animal that resembles a white horse with a spiralling horn and is one of the most important imaginary animals of the Middle Ages in which it was a symbol of purity and grace.

£14.99