Opening and closing times

Opening times

The Tower of London is open daily except between 24-26 December and on 01 January.

Summer (01 March - 31 October)

Tuesday-Saturday: 09.00-17.30
Sunday-Monday: 10.00-17.30

Last admission: 17.00 

Winter (01 November - 28 February)

Tuesday-Saturday: 09.00-16.30
Sunday-Monday: 10.00-16.30

Last admission: 16.00

Closures and notices

Late openings and early closures

On Thursday 12 April, the Tower will open slightly later than usual at 10.00.

On Wednesday 23 May 2018, the Tower will close early. Last admission will be at 16:00, with the buildings and exhibitions closing at 16:30. Please note this is an hour earlier than advertised.


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 ceremonies. If there is an evening service or event, the chapel will close after the last Yeoman Warder tour.

Upcoming closures:

  • 25 March 2018 - closed until 13:00
  • 29 April 2018 - closed until 13:00
  • 05 May 2018 - closed from 14:00
  • 12 May 2018 - closed from 14:00
  • 25 May 2018 - closed from 13:00
  • 26 May 2018 - closed from 14:00
  • 27 May 2018 - closed until 13:00

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:

  • 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.

Further information

We recommend allowing at least 3 hours to see everything.

The Tower becomes very busy during school holidays, including half terms.  We expect to be particularly busy over the Easter weekend.

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.

21 April 2018

Events Things to see

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.


Highlights Tours and talks

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.

Tours and talks

1 hour. Last tour of the day starts 15.30 (summer)