Bring the Tower of London to life with exclusive insights into this fortress, palace and prison.
Hold the stories of the Tower of London in your hand and experience history where it really happened with an audio guide. Enhance your visit by joining Yeoman Warders and curators as they share fascinating stories and hidden secrets of the Tower of London. Use the guide to see what’s on, where to eat and shop, and to plan your day. Collect your audio guide from the Beefeater Shop, located just past the entrance.
We're paying extra attention to hygiene during your visit to the Tower and our audio guides are no different. Our audio guides are not held directly against the ear, you select your tour by touching the screen and the audio plays through headphones. These are the extra measures that we are taking to keep you safe:
Whether you only have time for a two hour Highlights tour, you’d like to hear tales of imprisonment and execution, or maybe you’d like to take a family tour there’s a tour for everyone!
Highlights of the Tower
Our highlights tour is the perfect introduction to the history of the Tower. Make the most of your time and visit the must-see attractions in two hours, from the majestic Crown Jewels to the 1,000 year-old White Tower.
Imprisonment and execution
Many prisoners have been imprisoned and executed at the Tower throughout history. Hear true stories of famous prisoners like the two young princes, Anne Boleyn and Guy Fawkes.
The Medieval Palace
Step inside the luxurious rooms of medieval kings and learn more about medieval life in this royal palace.
The Crown Jewels
Before you see the Jewels themselves, discover more about this priceless collection of treasures that are still in use today and hear the fascinating history behind them.
The Tower’s beginnings
Uncover the Norman origins of the White Tower, built by William the Conqueror nearly 1000 years ago. Did you know that the White Tower was built along the remains of Roman city walls?
Life at the Tower
Hear from our Yeoman Warders about the ancient ceremonies they perform every day and what it’s like to live inside a royal fortress.
Visit must-see parts of the Tower on our new light-hearted family tour in the company of two young ghostly guides. Gaze wide-eyed at the Crown Jewels and climb the 1,000-year-old White Tower as they lead you to the 'best bits', reveal unheard stories and introduce you to Tower residents from the past; from Anne Boleyn to a rabble of raucous ravens and Ranulph Flambard who escaped the Tower. Route and times are the same as our Highlights tour. Currently in English only.
Alternative tales from the Tower
Listen to stories, poetry and interviews created by young people invited to explore the Tower’s stories, from the past and present. Moving tales of the prisoners of the Tower are brought to life via spoken word, while young people from Spotlight Youth Centre in Tower Hamlets share stories from behind the scenes at the Tower. Currently in English only.
Tower of London audio guides are available in English, Dutch (Nederlands), French (Français), German (Deutsch), Italian (Italiano), Japanese (日本語), Korean (한국어), Chinese Mandarin (中文), Portuguese (Português), Russian (Pусский), Spanish (Español) and Ukrainian (українська).
Usually we offer free tours written especially for our blind and partially-sighted visitors and these are available from a member of staff at the Beefeater Shop.
However, we regret that it has not been possible for us to ensure that the audio accurately reflects the physical routes at the moment, and we are not able to provide the accompanying tactile map.
Families can explore the Tower of London by completing challenges and quizzes using the Time Explorers game. Meet characters from history, learn about life at the Tower, test your knowledge and win badges!
If you choose to accept your mission you can help Lady Margery prepare the Medieval Palace for King Edward’s return; or help Arbella Stuart set her husband William free from his prison in the Tower; or go undercover and make a plan of attack against the Norman invaders.
Time Explorers is available to play on selected audio guides and subject to availability. Please ask a member of staff when collecting your guides from the Beefeater Shop.