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

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

When

Cancelled

17:30, 18:30, 20:00

Ticketing information

Tickets £25

The tours will last approx. 1 hr


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.

Share your experience on social media with #Queerlives

Upcoming dates

  • Tuesday 25 February 2020
  • Wednesday 26 February 2020

BSL tours 

British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted tours will run on Monday 24 February 2020 at the following times:

  • 17:30
  • 18:30 
  • 20:00

Accessibility

Please note Queer Lives at the Tower tours involve uneven, cobbled surfaces and multiple steps, including spiral staircases. Read more about accessibility at the Tower here and please contact us if you have any questions. 

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.
Events Tours and talks

A new immersive tour exploring 700 years of LGBT+ history at Hampton Court Palace.

Cancelled

Hampton Court Palace

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Photograph of the East Front of Kensington palace as a panoramic
Events Tours and talks

A new immersive tour exploring 700 years of LGBT+ history at Kensington Palace.

Cancelled

Kensington Palace

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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

Gift collection of Medieval inspired gifts from Historic Royal Palaces Shop

Shop medieval gifts

Explore one of the most exciting times in history with our high end range of arms and armour and medieval fancy dress.

From £6.99

Raven soft toys

Raven Gifts

Legend has it that if the six ravens ever leave the Tower of London, the Tower and the kingdom will fall. These products have been inspired by the Ravens that live at the Tower of London.

From £7.99