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Members-Only Ceremony of the Keys

Join this centuries-old tradition at the Tower of London

Join this centuries-old tradition at the Tower of London

The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has taken place on each and every night, without fail, for at least 700 years.

Important information for ticket holders

Visitors will be admitted to the Tower under escort at 21.30 precisely. Late arrivals will not be admitted.

The ceremony concludes at 22.05 after which all visitors are escorted to the exit. There are no toilet or refreshment facilities available. This event is held entirely outside so please wrap up warm and weather-proof.

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When

21 April, 12 May and 16 June 2024

21:30

Ticketing information

21 April and 12 May are sold out. Tickets for 16 June go on sale 24 April at noon.

Price: £5.00

This is an exclusive members-only Ceremony of the Keys for named Historic Royal Palaces members only. All attendees must hold a valid membership at the time of the event.

Tickets to this event usually sell out fast. Tickets are limited and subject to availability.

Please note, member tickets for this event are limited to once per year.


Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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