Queer Lives at the Tower

A new immersive tour exploring 700 years of LGBT+ history at the Tower of London

A new immersive tour exploring 700 years of LGBT+ history at the Tower of London

When

Selected dates in February 2020. 17:30 (excluding 15 February), 18:30, 20:00

Approx. 1 hr

Ticketing information

Tickets £25


Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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Join us during LGBT History Month to explore untold stories of the Tower through an immersive after-hours tour. 

We’ll take you on a journey of queerness through history, combining creative storytelling with performance to explore the lives, loves and experiences of LGBT+ figures linked with the Tower of London, from the 14th Century to the present day.

Under the cover of darkness, guests will be co-hosted by a glamorous drag artist, dressed in fabulous attire inspired by the Tower of London’s ravens, and be taken on a journey across battlements and through historic archways. Along the way encounter a host of fascinating characters from King James I, to Piers Gaveston, a close favourite of the Medieval King Edward II.

Upcoming dates

  • Saturday 15 February 2020
  • Saturday 22 February 2020
  • Monday 24 February 2020
  • Tuesday 25 February 2020
  • Wednesday 26 February 2020

Share your experience on social media with #Queerlives

LGBT+ stories at other palaces

Queer Lives at the Tower is part of Historic Royal Palaces’ dedicated progamme of LGBT+ events in 2020 sharing the intriguing and little known stories of the royal courts.

Further LGBT+ tours will run at Hampton Court Palace with Queer Lives at Court, 19th April - 10th May. For the first time Kensington Palace will run series of LGBT+ tours with Queer Lives at the Palace, 28th June - 26th July, as part of Pride in London.

Queer Lives at the Tower is written by Chris Bush and directed by Tom Latter.

The Tudor buildings of Base Court at Hampton Court Palace, facing towards Clock Court, under a blue, partially cloudy sky with sunbeams stretched across the image. Anne Boleyn's Archway is also pictured.
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