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  • Address: Tower Hill
  • Hours: March–Oct Tues–Sat 9am–5:30pm; Sun–Mon 10am–5:30pm; Nov–Feb Tues–Sat 9am–4:30pm, Sun–Mon 10am–4:30pm
  • Admission: Adult £25, Child £12

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Tower of London

From medieval torture to grim executions and infamous royal prisoners, the Tower of London has long found itself at the center of the city's dark history. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066, the historic castle has served as a Royal menagerie, a Her Majesty's Prison, an execution site, a royal observatory, a royal mint and a military storehouse over the course of its long history. Today, the tower mainly serves as a tourist attraction but still famously houses the Crown Jewels and is guarded by members of the Royal Bodyguards known as Beefeaters.

It'd be easy to spend a full day at the Tower of London given all there is to see and do, but the best way to take in the highlights is with a guided tour. Be sure to say hello to the Beefeaters and take a peek at the dazzling Crown Jewels (which include the Imperial State Crown); admire the Royal Armouries on display in the White Tower; walk along the battlements; and see where Anne Boleyn was executed.

In addition, several exhibitions shed light on the tower's fascinating history, including the popular Torture at the Tower exhibit, the Coins and Kings exhibit at the Royal Mint, the Fusilier Museum and the Line of Kings. Special events, medieval reenactments and family activities are also held regularly throughout the year.

Did You Know? Six ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all times, and legend has it that if they ever leave, the tower will fall. The superstition is so important that there's even a ‘Raven Master’ tasked with looking after them and a seventh raven on-hand just in case.

Practical Info

The Tower of London is located at the north end of Tower Bridge on London's Thames River waterfront. The closest tube station is Tower Hill via the Circle and District lines. The tower is open March to October from 9am to 5:30pm (Sunday and Monday from 10am) and November to February from 9am to 4:30pm (Sunday and Monday from 10am). Adult admission costs £25.

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Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour

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Enjoy faster entrance to the UNESCO-listed Tower of London, one of London's most popular attractions. Bypass the long lines at the main ticket office, and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
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Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

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Royal Palaces Pass: Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Tower of London

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See the best of London in an afternoon, with a visit to the Tower of London and a city tour including St Paul's Cathedral. The tour also includes a ticket for ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Royal London Walking Tour Including Early Access to the Tower of London and Changing of The Guard, ... 
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Royal London Walking Tour Including Early Access to the Tower of London and Changing of The Guard

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See the best of London’s royal highlights on a 4-hour walking tour. Begin with an early access visit to the infamous Tower of London, where you’ll ...  Read more

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Get an insider look at the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral on this incredible Viator VIP tour. With exclusive preopening access to the Tower of ...  Read more

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Explore London's wealth of history in style on a private walking tour of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, with an expert to guide you. Accompanied by your ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus ... 
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Get the royal treatment on this full-day London Super Saver, combining two tours at a discounted price. Enjoy early access to the Tower of London and enter ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Private Guided Tour: Tower of London

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Explore one of the oldest monuments in London on a 2 to 3 hours tour of the Tower of London (entry not included). Discover the history behind the tower’s grim ...  Read more

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Duration: Flexible

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