Battlements

Explore the defensive inner wall and it's towers that have protected for centuries.

Explore the defensive inner wall and it's towers that have protected for centuries.

Updated 10 July. In line with government guidance, we're pleased to announce the Tower of London is now open Wednesday - Sunday. We hope to see you soon. Please read our visit information

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Included in palace admission (members go free)

Walk the walls at the Tower

The huge stone battlements forming the Tower's walls have protected kings and queens since Henry III's fortifications in the mid-13th century.

Take the Wall Walk to explore the Medieval Palace and the secrets of these huge towers. Along the way, you’ll discover the many different roles the Tower of London has played, from Medieval times right through to the 20th century.

The Tower was once a royal residence and has even played host to a zoo. But, above all else, it has served as a mighty fortress and is the current protector of the Crown Jewels.

South Battlements

Medieval Palace

The luxurious Medieval Palace contains recreations of fabulous interiors used by medieval kings and queens during their visits to their most important fortress.

St. Thomas’s Tower

Built by Edward I in the late 1270s. He used this room to meet important visitors and conduct business in front of the huge fireplace.

Wakefield Tower

Built by Edward's father Henry III, the Wakefield Tower was completed some 40 years earlier than St. Thomas's Tower. Explore the room that was probably Henry's council chamber and marvel at his meticulously reconstructed throne.

Lanthorn Tower

Discover rare objects dating back to the time of Henry III and Edward I.

Salt Tower

Scratched into the walls of the Salt Tower, you will find graffiti left by prisoners almost 500 years ago.

This tower originally overlooked the Thames, and in times of trouble, archers on the ground floor were able to protect it by shooting through the five arrow loops. During peaceful times the room was a storehouse.

East Battlements

Broad Arrow Tower

From the 14th century, the Broad Arrow Tower was connected to the government department responsible for royal supplies – the Wardrobe. Today, the Broad Arrow Tower has been re-presented as a guard tower, its original use.

Wield a crossbow and find out how the medieval garrison would have defended this section of the inner curtain wall at this interactive exhibition.

Fighting Platform

This addition to the East Battlements recreates the atmosphere of a fortress in operation, where the garrison would have assembled in case of attack. Hear the sounds of the garrison at peace and at war, under cover of the wooden roof that would have protected them.

Constable Tower

Security breached! Tower raided! Here you can explore the remarkable story of the only time the defences of the fortress were ever breached – the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

Martin Tower

These days, the Crown Jewels are kept in the Waterloo Barracks, but from 1669 until 1841 they were kept in the Martin Tower.

Today this tower houses the Crowns and Diamonds exhibition, which tells the story of the English royal crowns.

Sculpture of a baboon made from galvanised wire.
The entrance to the upper storey of the Bowyer Tower after conservation in 2016, looking east along the North Battlements. The Brick Tower can be seen in the background, and the Waterloo Barracks on the right.

North Battlements

Royal Beasts

For 600 years, wild and exotic animals were kept at the Tower of London. Discover why they were here and what their life was like in the Tower at Royal Beasts.

Bowyer Tower

Discover the story of the Duke of Wellington – war hero, prime minister and Constable of the Tower of London.

Flint Tower

In the 20th century, the Tower continued to play an important defensive role for Britain. Hear the story of how this ancient fortress continued to play its part in a modern-day war.

A Yeoman Warder gives a tour to a group of visitors outside the chapel of St Peter Ad Vincula at the Tower of London
Highlights

Discover captivating stories of pain and passion, treachery and torture with our Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London.

Wednesday-Sunday

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Iron spikes descending from a stone arch, a portcullis, on the Bloody Tower
Things to see

Explore the Tower of London’s early years as a formidable fortress and discover why it has been both feared and revered.

Open

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Photo of the Crown Jewels
Highlights Things to see

Prepare to be dazzled by this breathtaking, world famous collection of 23,578 gemstones at the Tower of London.

Open

Tower of London

Allow one hour

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Gift selection of products inspired by the Tower of London from Historic Royal Palaces shop

Shop Tower of London gifts

Shop our products inspired by the almost 1000 years of history at the Tower of London.

From £9.99

Historic Royal Palaces retail product - goblets and chess pieces

Shop goblets & tankards

Discover our decadent range of goblets and tankards inspired by our Historic Royal Palaces. The perfect gift for a medieval fan our goblets are made in a selection of leathers, glass and pewter.

From £17.99

A close up view of the merchandise available in the Ravens shop.  Miniature versions of a helmet or visor from a suit or armour.

Shop Arms and Armour

Discover our arms and armour gift collection, inspired by the famous 'Line of Kings' at the Tower of London. Browse through our re-enactment replica weapons, knight toys and games, dress-up costumes for children, stationery and accessories to please any medieval fan.

From £15