Guards at the Tower of London

Marvel at the guards protecting the Crown Jewels.

Marvel at the guards protecting the Crown Jewels.

When

  • Daily

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

See the sentries posted outside the Jewel House and The Queen’s House. Marvel at their military dress, unique to each regiment. 

As serving military personnel, the Tower Guard work alongside the Yeoman Warders and the Tower Wardens to protect the Crown Jewels and ensure the security of the Tower of London. 

The Tower Guard take part in the three daily ceremonies: the Ceremonial Opening, the Ceremony of the Word and the Ceremony of the Keys.

During the Ceremony of the Keys, armed guards provide an escort for the Chief Yeoman Warder. Performed at exactly 21:52 every night for hundreds of years, this ancient ceremony locks the outer gates of the fortress for the night. The keys are delivered to the monarch's representative in the Tower, the Resident Governor.  

Information for visitors 

Please be aware that sentries on duty are serving military personnel. Visitors are advised to be respectful and stand clear when the guards are marching and performing their official duties. 

Different guard regiments on duty

Five Regiments of Foot Guards in the Household Division perform ceremonial public duties at the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and Windsor Castle. They are: 

  • The Grenadier Guards
  • The Coldstream Guards
  • The Scots Guards
  • The Irish Guards
  • The Welsh Guards

Other UK and Commonwealth regiments have also performed public duties at the Tower.

The backs of six soldiers from the Irish Guards are shown whilst walking.
The Chief Yeoman Warder and escort outside the Main Guard at the end of the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London

Watch the Ceremony of the Keys

Be part of this ancient tradition, which has taken place every night for at least 700 years in the Tower of London.

Tickets for the Ceremony of the Keys are free but must be booked in advance. This event is very popular and becomes fully booked very quickly.

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SOLD OUT Regimental guards surround the Chief Yeoman Warder as they stand outside the Bloody Tower in the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
Highlights Tours and talks

Be part of this ancient tradition, which has taken place every night for at least 700 years in the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London.

Daily

Tower of London

21:30-22:05

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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Daily

Tower of London

Tours begin every 30 minutes

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Open daily

Tower of London

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