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Explore for free with your community group

Join our Community Access Scheme

Join our Community Access Scheme

What is the Community Access Scheme?

The Community Access Scheme (CAS) offers free entry, practical advice and support to enable community groups to visit and explore the Tower of London.

Who can join the Community Access Scheme?

We welcome community groups based in Tower Hamlets, City of London, Southwark, Newham and Enfield, especially those who would not normally visit the palace or see it as a place of interest for them.


Daily (Monday - Sunday)

Booking information

Self-guided group visits are welcome throughout the week. They must be pre-booked at least three weeks in advanced through the Community Partnerships team.

Free (advance booking required)

Email to book a place

What does the Community Access Scheme offer participating groups?

  • A compulsory Group Leader Training designed to inspire and support group leaders to plan and lead visits for their groups to the palaces.
  • Free tickets for community groups to visit the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace for up to one year.
  • Support from the Community Partnerships team to help group leaders engage their groups with the palace's stories, collections and historic spaces.
  • Discounted entry tickets for group members to return to the palace independently after their initial group visit.

How can I get involved?

Group leaders must book a place on a Group Leader Training Day to discover more about the programme and get useful tips on what to do when bringing groups to the Tower of London.

Upcoming online training dates:

  • The next training to be part of the CAS programme will take place in 2024. Please email us to be added to our waiting list. 

Resource guide for the Community Access Scheme

This guide helps community group leaders and adult learning tutors to independently visit the Tower of London and engage their groups with the Tower’s unique stories and spaces.

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