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Early Access Crown Jewels: Complete Tour of Tower of London & Opening Ceremony

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icon2 hours 45 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Have exclusive access to one of London’s most popular and in-demand landmarks, and bypass the crowds, on this VIP tour of the Tower of London. Begin the tour with early, skip-the-line access, and see the tower’s storied opening ceremony. With just a small group for company, you’ll explore the landmark’s highlights. You’ll also be among the first visitors to enter the Tower of London’s world-famous Jewel House, where the glittering Crown Jewels await.
  • Beat the throngs on this VIP, early-access Tower of London tour
  • Explore the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy the rare opportunity to see the famed Crown Jewels without crowds
  • Attend the Tower of London’s traditional opening ceremony

What's Included

Opening Ceremony
First Entrance Crown Jewels
Full Tower of London Tour by Expert Guide
Hotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off
Gratuities
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Tower of London Shop, 5BT, Tower Place West, 50 Lower Thames St, St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3R 6DT, UK

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

London Aldgate, London EC3N 1BQ, UK
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Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tower of London
Your tour starts with skip the line, early entrance into Tower where, standing inside the Traitor’s Gate with a small group of fellow visitors, you’ll you’ll watch an ancient military ceremony that officially opens the tower every day. Your guide will meet you back out in the courtyard and then lead you on a full tour of the Tower of London. Start with the site where many a royal head was removed on the old execution block and learn the poignant stories behind the deaths of people like Anne Boleyn and Sir Walter Raleigh. Then head up to the Bloody Tower to see where Sir Walter Spent 13 years of his life and down into the basements where enemies of the crown were tortured in a dungeon that contains examples of actual medieval torture devices. After a walk along the walls, which includes a peek inside the restored bedroom of Edward the Confessor (a must for medieval history enthusiasts), a chance to meet the Tower’s resident ravens and get an archers’ eye view out over the old moat, you step into the castle keep, or White Tower, for a full tour of a wonderfully-preserved Norman castle. The inside is full of Swords, armor, and royal regalia so as you visit each room, your guide will take you back in time to when England was still ruled by kings and queens. Some of it is pretty romantic, but you may be surprised how difficult and brutal life was. The guided portion of your experience ends in the White Tower, but we’ll give you time at the end to see some of the areas we didn’t visit, like the Beauchamp Tower and the Fusiliers Museum This is the most exclusive way to see the very best parts of the Tower of London with an expert guide. Given that lines into the Jewel House can run for an hour or more on busy days, having them all to yourself is one of the most spectacular experiences in London.
Duration: 120 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Jewel House
After a quick introduction from the Yeoman Warders who guard the palace, you’ll stroll straight into the Jewel House and be among the first people to see the Crown Jewels. There are no crowds, so after you guide tells you what to look out for, you can take your time and soak in one of the most dazzling collections of riches in the world.
Duration: 25 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Take Walks
Take Walks
Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that for security reasons bag searches will take place at Tower of London.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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It's worth it!
cellachl
, Jan 2020
This was a great tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable. It's worth doing the early access so that you can see the opening ceremony as well as seeing the jewels before the crowds get there. Since you're not allowed to take photographs in the Crown Jewel area, it's nice to be able take your time and look closely. By the time we left, the lines to get in were already across the courtyard.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
We are delighted that you enjoyed your special, early-access tour of the Tower of London, savoring your time with the Crown Jewels. Thank you for taking a moment to review your experience with us; we appreciate your patronage!
star-5
Great tour!
Sunshine17101435236
, Jan 2020
Salvatore our guide was very entertaining and explained everything we saw in such great detail. Definitely worth getting in before the crowds too
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us! There's no better way to beat the crowds and get a VIP experience than by joining this special, early-access tour!
star-5
Great time
Elissa H
, Dec 2019
We had a great time on this tour and would recommend it to everyone! You may even get to hold the keys as my 10 year old did during the opening ceremony.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We are so excited that you enjoyed this tour! Thank you for joining us on your trip to the Tower of London and thank you for your kind review.
star-5
Excellent Tour Through the Tower's History
Jeff S
, Dec 2019
It's an early start to the day, but let's you get though everything before the Tower gets too crowded. Our tour guide was funny, informative, and knowledgeable. We were also given enough time to wander on our own throughout the tour so you never feel like you missed something. If you're a fan of history or even just have a passing interest, I highly suggest this tour.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for your recommendation! We couldn't agree more, this tour is excellent for any lover of history or those who want to explore a piece of it. We're glad that you enjoyed it and hope the rest of your visit to London was a good one!
star-5
A Must Do Rain or Sheets of Rain
Shannon M
, Sep 2019
My adult daughter and I saved this tour for our last day in London. We had beautiful weather until this day but didn't let it stop us. This is an amazing opportunity to watch the Yeoman key ceremony open the Tower of London and see the Crown Jewels long before the general public. There are only a couple tour companies that get this option and our group had two guides and we split the group 10 and 12. It is truly a world far from what we live and history that shouldn't be missed.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
We're thrilled to hear that you so greatly enjoyed your tour with us at the Tower of London! Thank you so much for your kind review, we hope that the rest of your time in London was fantastic!
star-5
Loved it!
donnabhuntin
, Sep 2019
Despite the early meeting time (8:15am) after a long international flight, I am so glad I did it. Gina was a wonderful guide, explaining the history behind the Beefeaters and the opening ceremony, and sharing some details about the Tower itself that we would never get from a simple guidebook. I expected that seeing the crown jewels would be the tour highlight, but there was so much more to see and experience besides the jewels.Little tidbits of information keep popping into my mind at the strangest times -- and I smile at every remembrance! A definite DO in London.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
We're so glad that you enjoyed your Complete Tour of the Tower of London with Gina! This is such a wonderful experience, and we're happy that we got to share it with you.
star-5
Great early access to crown jewels!
Melissa P
, Aug 2019
Tour was good, tour guide was knowledgeable but meeting place was a little confusing so we ended up getting to the tour late. Also, double ear headphones would be easier to use.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi Melissa P, we're glad that you enjoyed your tour! And thank you very much for your feedback, we are always looking for ways to improve our tours!
star-4
Liz Was Great!
doesfamilyfun2019
, Jul 2019
We had a great time at the Tower of London. Liz was friendly and very informative. The only reason I did not rate this as "Excellent" was because the sound system didn't always work and we missed information. It might have been better if there were smaller groups so a sound system isn't needed.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi doesfamilyfun2019, We appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with Liz, though we are sorry to hear that your headsets weren't sounding clearly. We will take this detail into consideration as we enter our next planning period. Thank you so much, Best Regards, The Walks Team
star-5
Captivating
Fearless57099359128
, Jul 2019
This private tour (with Richard) is worth every cent. You will be in a small group as promised. Your tour will also see the opening ceremony up close (if you go with the AM first tour).
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi Fearless57099359128, Thank you for your kind review! We work hard to curate the best experiences for our customers and we are so glad that you got to enjoy your visit to the Tower with us.
star-5
Fascinating tour!
Go52263993006
, Jun 2019
What a great tour! Our guide Vivian was incredibly knowledgeable and so lovely. This tour was amazing, I loved the before hours start which allowed us to see the Crown Jewels before the crowds arrived.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you for sharing; we're glad that you had a great tour with Vivian! We love getting to hear that her presence and experience made a valuable contribution to your tour.

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