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VIP Early Access - Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge with Crown Jewels

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Experience the remarkable architecture and age-old traditions of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge on a 3-hour walking tour of historic London. Arrive early to view the official opening ceremony of the Tower of London Beefeaters, take a peek at the Crown Jewels before the crowds arrive, then tour the legendary White Tower and hear the tales of torture and execution that the Tower is notorious for. Finally, head to the Tower Bridge Exhibition, where you can learn about the 120-year-old bridge and enjoy panoramic views over London.
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

What's Included

  • Enter the Tower of London before the public to witness the 700 year old Opening Ceremony
  • Meet the Chief Beefeater for a private welcome to the Tower of London & Opening Ceremony
  • Entrance tickets included to the Tower Bridge Engine Rooms
  • Entrance to the 11th century Romanesque Chapel of St. John's located in the White Tower
  • Visit the Royal Armories collection, including the 350-year-old exhibition ‘Line of Kings’
  • Enjoy a professional tour hosted by a local friendly London Guide
  • See other highlights including; The Execution site, The Ravens Den, and other highlights
  • See and take photos of the famous Beefeater Tower Guards
  • Be one of the first to enter the Crown Jewels Exhibition and avoid the massive lines
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Tower Hill
    London EC3N 4DJ, UK

    MEETING TIME: 15 minutes before departure. MEETING PLACE: Tower Hill Underground Station, Trinity Square, London EC3N 2BQ
. MEETING POINT: Take main exit and meet your Guide outside between Citizen M Hotel and Trinity Square Gardens, adjacent to the “Tower Hill Tram” refreshment stand.

Return Details

  • Tower Bridge
    Tower Bridge, United Kingdom

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please wear comfortable shoes as this tour involves a fair amount of walking, including over uneven surfaces, cobblestones, hills, inclines, declines and stairs.
  • Participants should be in good health - consult first with your doctor if you have any medical condition or are not used to regular exercise.
  • Wheelchairs, motorised scooters or any other device to assist mobility are not recommended, as we cannot guarantee: that all footpaths/sidewalks/curbs will have suitable ADA/EU compliant ramps.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Anybody under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by somebody aged 18 years or older.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during VIP Early Access - Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge with Crown Jewels ?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during VIP Early Access - Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge with Crown Jewels ?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during VIP Early Access - Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge with Crown Jewels ?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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The tour guide was very informative and it was worth the money to beat the crowds during peak time.Well worth a visit.
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Former Texan - Great Guide!!
Barbara_F, Aug 2022
Our guide Amber!!! She was very friendly and informative. She made history fun!! Plus she looked out for her group. She gave us nicknames and made sure we were comfortable. She made sure to tell us where she would be and let us explore on our own at our own pace.
Not worth the money
Connie_R, Aug 2022
Not worth the money. 120.00 got me my ticket (30.00) early entry to see a 10 minute March to open the gate. Entry into the Crown Jewels “before the crowds” sort of. Once the gates are open the public come in and you are in sharing the space with others. We were given 50 minutes to tour the rest of the tower leaving no time should you want to eat or use the restroom or go to gift shop.The bridge (11.40) he hands you your ticket and says good by. You may not go back into the Tower. My advice, do it yourself arrive before they open and save your money (78.80) and spend the time you really need to see this place.
Would highly recommend.
Linda_T, Aug 2022
Wonderful tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and my family and I learned so much about the history of the Tower of London. Early access allowed us to see so much before the crowds began. Being a small group tour allowed us time to take pictures and really take in all the history.
A Peek Inside
JoAnn_R, Aug 2022
Being able to go inside Buckingham Palace and see the State rooms. I’ve been to the castle before but not when it was open to the public.
Early access was nice, Tower was fascinating, but the guard change disappointed
Mark_C, Aug 2022
While it was nice to have the early access, the changing of the guard was really no big deal. I'm sure it's much more elaborate at Buckingham or Windsor. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it here except for the early access. As for the tower, itself, now, that was very fascinating, so the three star rating may be a little harsh in that regard. Would have been nice to have had more time, but we only paid for a half day, so that's what we got. We did get an unexpected treat at the Tower Bridge when the bridge was closed to traffic to let a sailboat pass through. That was fun to see. I also enjoyed the view from the upper walkway.
Great Tower tour
Connor_F, Aug 2022
We really enjoyed seeing the opening ceremony and being able to view things at our own pace. Our guide, Amber, was fun and knowledgeable.
Yes, go to the Tower of London
Jacqueline_C, Aug 2022
Watching the opening ceremony was wonderful! Great to hear the history behind that as well as other historical tid bits of info! The Tower of London is a must see!
Great Tour, best way to see the Tower
ChrisCoulter, Aug 2022
Easy tour, John the guide spent all the time he could and never rushed us. Great tour! This is worth every penny and the experience is second to none.
Our tour guide was...
Holly_H, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was wonderful. He told us a lot of history of the tower and many stories associated to that era.
Fantastic tour
Britta_G, Aug 2022
Amazing experience! I cannot recommend it enough. Perfect balance of touring and absorbing some of the sites on your own for some time.
The jewels
KATHLEEN_G, Aug 2022
It was overall very interesting. Everything was laid out well. Very clean and well kept. Armoury very interesting
What a wonderful tour with John
Cherice_E, Jul 2022
The tour guide, John, was very knowledgeable and very responsive to questions. He also gave plenty of time and information before going into areas where he was not allowed to guide. It was a truly wonderful tour and I would take it again
Opening ceremony was well worth it!!!
Maureen_H, Jul 2022
Informative guide and up close viewing of the opening ceremonies was fantastic! Our tour of the Tower Bridge had to be cancelled due to the heat wave but we were pleasantly surprised to receive a partial refund from Viator within days! I would recommend this company to anyone and will definitely tour with them again!
Worth the early mono g meet up
Chelsea_W, Jul 2022
Worth the money and early wake up to get to see the opening ceremony and be first in line for the Crown Jewels. Rob, our guide, was excellent.
Totally do the Tower
sundayferris, Jul 2022
In our top 2 tours in London! Spend the extra money and do the VIP tour. The changing of the guard was intimate. No wait because of the VIP for the Crown Jewels. I recommend early in your trip as it lays the history for other tours. I guide was funny and knowledgeable.
The only way to go!
Thomas_S, Jul 2022
Rachel was terrific. The background information and the way she told it was informative and interesting. The early access can’t be beat. We were in early without tons of crowds. As we were leaving, the crowds had already begun. Don’t hesitate to book this tour.
Disappointed!
Kathy_P, Jul 2022
I was disappointed in the tour I expected more at that price. I expected more information and tours about the different towers, not just a quick overview and it’s over there!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Kathy, it appears you were on another tour. Our guide entered the Tower first and had an incredible encounter with the Chief Beefeater who was managing the 700-year-old Opening Ceremony as well as seeing the Crown Jewels and other extraordinary highlights of the 11th-century Tower of London. We look forward to seeing you on one of our tours in the future. Best Regards
Other tour guides jumped...
Debra_M, Jul 2022
Other tour guides jumped in front of our group making us miss opening. Our guide tried but could not stop them
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Debra, it appears you were on another tour. Our guide entered the Tower first and had an incredible encounter with the Chief Beefeater who was managing the 700-year-old Opening Ceremony. We look forward to seeing you on one of our tours in the future. Best Regards
Great excursion, if only……
Marlene_T, Jul 2022
I would have given this excursion a 5 star review had the Tower Bridge been open. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. It’s a great way to see the Crown Jewels without waiting on line. We found out when we got to the tour that the Tower Bridge was closed due to the heatwave, which was extremely disappointing. Also, the guards weren’t out due to the heat. This is the second time I have been to London and booked this experience- it probably won’t be my last, I would like my family to have a full experience of this event.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi Marlen, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour despite the Tower Bridge being closed due tot he extreme temperatures in London on the day of your tour. We look forward to seeing you on tour again. Best Regards, From all the team at LetzGo City Tours
Don’t miss!
Jill_N, Jul 2022
The early access was worth it. Our guide was excellent A must see in London. Even cafe was great. Staff very helpful
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Jill, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour of the must-see Tower of London and its many highlights. The history is incredible and with one of our local expert guides you get to see, do and learn so much more, more than you could ever do on your own. With our VIP early entry, you also get to enjoy the 11th-century Tower of London before it opens to the public to witness the 700-year-old Opening Ceremony which is incredible, extraordinary, and magnificent. You will be in the presence of one of the Chief Beefeaters who oversees the Royal Ceremony. It’s definitely a Wow moment and one of the cameras. We are also sure you enjoyed getting in to see the Crown Jewels before the huge crowds entered the Tower as well as other extraordinary highlights like the execution site and the Armory in the White Tower. Thanks again for your 5-star review. We look forward to seeing you on tour again. Best Regards, From all the team at LetzGo City Tours
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