Tower of London – discover a castle – a secure fortress, royal palace and infamous prison
Tower of London is a world heritage site. It is one of the world’s main tourist attractions. It attracts over two million visitors a year from all over the world.
What you can see Tower of London inside
There are so many things to see inside Tower of London. You should not miss to see Jewel House the world famous Crown Jewels, South Lawn to see the famous ravens. You can explore the role of the Tower as a fortress, the prisoners exhibition. More to see like
Lady Jane Grey’s graffiti, The Medieval Palace, Tower Green, A collection of King Henry VIII’s armour, Horses and heads, Coins and Kings, The Fusilier Museum, Royal Beasts etc
Tower of London Crown Jewels
The Crown Jewels are part of the Royal Collection, the most powerful symbols of the British Monarchy. It contain some of the world’s most exceptional diamonds. Kings and queens of England have stored crowns, robes, and other items of their ceremonial regalia at the Tower of London for over 600 years. These have been displayed here since 1661.
Some of its collections- Charles II Coronation Regalia, St Edward’s Crown, The Sovereign’s Orb and the Jewelled Sword of Offering, The Sovereign’s Sceptre and rod, The Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross, The Imperial State Crown, The magnificent Cullinan I– the world’s largest top quality white cut diamond, Cullinan II– the second largest stone, Koh-i-Nûr (or ‘Mountain of Light’) diamond (presented to Queen Victoria in 1849), King George V and Queen Mary Coronation Durbar or Delhi Durbar etc
See the breathtaking magnificent world-famous collection of 23,578 gemstones boasts items. These are still used in royal ceremonies today. You will find the Crown Jewels under armed guard in the Jewel House at the Tower of London. It is open daily. More about the Crown Jewels
Tower of London history facts
The history of the Tower of London begins with William the Conqueror (1066-87). King Edward, the Confessor died childless. So Edward’s brother-in-law, Harold Godwinson became the King. But a distant blood relative William who was Duke of Normandy France claimed to the throne. He invaded and defeated the English under King Harold at the Battle of Hastings
When was the Tower of London built
William initiated to build the Tower of London in 1078. The Tower took around 20 years to build. Masons arrived from Normandy. Stone came from Caen in France. Most of the actual labour was provided by Englishmen. Present Tower of London is almost 1000 years of old
It was a symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite at that time. It was also considered later as power house of UK Kingdom. Henry VIII (1509-47) continued work on the Tower. He later moved to Hampton Court. There was a long and bloody Civil war 1642-49 between the King Charles I and Parliament. The Tower of London became important factor in this war.
At last the Tower was won by the Parliamentarians and it remained in their hands for the entire Civil War. The Tower’s use as a state prison declined. Instead it became the headquarters of the Office of Ordnance. It provided military supplies and equipment.
Tower of London free tour guide floor map wifi
There is a hour-long free guide tour. It was conducted by Yeoman Warder. The tour leave every 30 minutes from the main entrance. Last tour 3.30 pm summer, 2.30pm winter. These tours cannot be pre-booked. Large groups are not permitted to join a Yeoman Warder tour.
Printed maps are available at the Tower ticket and entrance points. You can also download a Tower of London floor map in PDF before your visit. Free Wi-Fi is available at the Tower. Enjoy unlimited free access to the internet whilst you are visiting us
Ceremony of the Keys is worth to watch. Tickets are free of charge. It must be booked online. Most dates are sold out many months in advance, so book early.
Tower of London Events Cafe Shop
Attend the various events to explore the Tower of London. Find the full schedule what is on. Enjoy foods at 4 dining options- New Armouries Café, Perkin Reveller Restaurant and Bar, Ravens Cafe, The Wharf Kiosk. You can also do the shopping at Tower of London for souvenirs and gifts inspired by this famous palace, prison and fortress. They have 5 themed shops. You can also shop online
Tower of London opening hours
Summer (01 March – 31 October)- Tuesday to Saturday 9am-5.30pm, Sunday to Monday 10am-5.30pm
Winter (01 November – 28 February)- Tuesday to Saturday 9am-4.30pm, Sunday to Monday 10am-4.30pm.
Last admission: 30 Minuit before closing.
Tower of London admission ticket price
You need admission ticket to see inside Tower of London. Free to see outside. Buying tickets online is the cheapest always. Please visit the website for existing ticket price and opening hours
Adult: £21.50, Child 5-15 years: £9.70. There is a different rate for Group Booking.
You can have a Audio guide for extra payment of £4.00 for adult, £3.00 for Child