Opening and closing times

Opening times

The Tower of London is open daily except between 24-26 December and on 1 January.

Winter (01 November - 28 February)

Tuesday-Saturday: 9.00-16.30
Sunday-Monday: 10.00-16.30

Last admission: 16.00

Summer (01 March - 31 October)

Tuesday-Saturday: 9.00-17.30
Sunday-Monday: 10.00-17.30

Last admission: 17.00

Exhibition closures and notices

The Crown Jewels Cinema Screens

20-24 November 2017 - Cinema screens undergoing maintenance. All other aspects of The Crown Jewels exhibition, including the treasury, remain open as normal. 

Upper Wakefield Tower

04 December 2017 - The Upper Wakefield Tower will be closed for maintenance. The remainder of the Battlements will remain open as usual. 

White Tower exhibition spaces

11-15 December 2017 - some exhibition spaces in the White Tower will be closed for annual maintenance. We will try to keep disruption to a minimum. For further information please check with a member of staff during your visit. 

Armoury in Action

An exciting new interactive exhibition, Armoury in Action, is coming to the top floor of the White Tower in Spring 2018. One half of the top floor is currently closed whilst this work takes place.

General closures and notices

Gun salutes

Please note the Wharf will close at least an hour before the gun salutes and there will be no access to the parts of the Wharf during the set up and duration of the gun salutes. Gun salutes take place at 13:00 and are 62 rounds unless otherwise stated.

Upcoming salutes:

  • 06 February 2018 - Accession Day
  • 21 April 2018 - HM The Queens Birthday
  • 02 June 2018 - Coronation Day

Constable's Dues

During the middle ages successive kings believed it was their right to get tolls from vessels on the Thames. The Constable of the Tower of London was allowed to demand these tolls on the king's behalf. In 1381 King Richard issued a grant that required every galley passing the Tower to present 'two roundlets of wyne' to the Constable.

Next ceremony to be announced.

The Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula

The chapel is a working community chapel and can sometimes close during opening hours. It is used for Sunday services and occasional weekend ceremonies. If there is an evening service or event the chapel will close after the last Yeoman Warder tour.

Upcoming closures:

  • 15 December 2017 from 14:00
  • 17 December 2017 - closed all day


Further information

We recommend allowing at least 3 hours to see everything.

The Tower becomes very busy during school holidays, including half terms. Please allow extra time during these periods, where queues may form for many parts of the Tower, particularly the Crown Jewels and the ticketing areas.   Do try to get here early.

The last Yeoman Warder tour starts at 14.30 (winter), 15.30 (summer). Please be aware that in poor weather conditions, an amended Yeoman Warder tour will be given in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. If the Chapel is unavailable, tours may not take place.

If you require more information on any of the announcements listed or want advice on planning a visit, please contact us.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 3166 6000


Explore what's on

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

06 February 2018

Gun salute begins at 13:00

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.


21:30 - 22:05

Prepare to be entertained by captivating stories of pain and passion, treachery and torture on the Yeoman Warder guided tours at the Tower.

Tours daily, every 30 minutes

1 hour