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About the Tower of London

Ancient fortress on the edge of the old City of London, built by the Norman conquerors of England.

Still a Royal Palace, in addition to the heritage of the site with its famous white tower and traitor's gate, it also houses the Crown Jewels and numerous heritage exhibitions.

Visits usually start with a tour by the Beefeaters, then you are left to wander around the site. Visits can easily last half a day at a minimum.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Tower of London,
Tower Hill,
London,
EC3N 4AB

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Tower of London Map

 

Fequently asked questions

What's the nearest railway station to Tower of London

The nearest station is Tower Hill which is 0.1 miles away.


Tower of London - Latest News

Tickets Alert: Attend the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
Tickets Alert: Attend the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London

Want to spend an evening inside the Tower of London watching an ancient ceremony?

The Tower of London wants you to name a raven
The Tower of London wants you to name a raven

Two new ravens have been born at the Tower of London, and there’s a chance for the public to chose a name for one of them.

London’s ceremonial gun salutes during 2021
London’s ceremonial gun salutes during 2021

Ceremonial military guns will go bang bang several times in London during 2021, at the Tower of London and in the Royal Parks.

Gun Salutes in London during 2020
Gun Salutes in London during 2020

Ceremonial military guns will go bang bang several times in London during 2020, at the Tower of London and in the Royal Parks.

Tickets Alert: The Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
Tickets Alert: The Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London

Want to spend an evening inside the Tower of London watching an ancient ceremony?

Tickets Alert: Food festival inside the Tower of London moat
Tickets Alert: Food festival inside the Tower of London moat

For a few days, there will be a food festival and it’ll be inside the Tower of London’s moat.

Listen out for cannon fire in London on Wednesday
Listen out for cannon fire in London on Wednesday

If you’re near Green Park or the Tower of London tomorrow (Wed), listen out for very loud cannon fire.

Gun Salutes in London during 2019
Gun Salutes in London during 2019

Ceremonial military guns will go bang bang several times in London during 2019, at the Tower of London and in the Royal Parks.

Tower of London’s execution site
Tower of London’s execution site

While the Tower of London has a grim history of death and torture, most of the deaths actually took place outside the Tower, on a plot of land that is today marked by a small memorial.

The underground shopping centre next to the Tower of London
The underground shopping centre next to the Tower of London

An ancient and mighty fortress, and beside it a subterranean shopping centre that is a hive of tat and tourist trinkets.

For one week only – see 10,000 flames surround the Tower of London
For one week only – see 10,000 flames surround the Tower of London

For the remainder of this week, every evening, 10,000 individual flames will be lit within the moat of the Tower of London.

The tube station with a piece of Roman Wall in it
The tube station with a piece of Roman Wall in it

There’s a station on the London Underground that if you look carefully enough, you might spy a chunk of ancient Roman Wall peeking out.

Tickets Alert: Flames to fill the Tower of London’s moat
Tickets Alert: Flames to fill the Tower of London’s moat

The moat of the Tower of London will be filled with thousands of flames for one week only in an act of remembrance for the lives of the fallen during WW1.

Gun Salutes in London during 2018
Gun Salutes in London during 2018

Ceremonial military guns go bang bang several times each year in London, at the Tower of London and in the Royal Parks.

Time to book tickets for Royal Ceremonies
Time to book tickets for Royal Ceremonies

Early each year is the time to plan ahead to attend some of the UK’s grand pomp and ceremony events for the summer ahead.

Attend the ancient Ceremony of the Keys in the Tower of London
Attend the ancient Ceremony of the Keys in the Tower of London

Every night, long after the tourists have been kicked out an ancient ceremony is performed in private inside the Tower of London – the Ceremony of the Keys.

Gun Salutes in London during 2017
Gun Salutes in London during 2017

Big guns go bang bang several times each year in London, at the Tower of London and in the Royal Parks.

Attend the Ceremony of the Keys
Attend the Ceremony of the Keys

An ancient ceremony takes place every evening inside the Tower of London, hidden from prying eyes.

Rare ceremony to take place at the Tower of London
Rare ceremony to take place at the Tower of London

If you are in the area on Monday (14th Sept), then there will be a chance to see a fairly rare ceremony take place at the Tower of London.

The quiet murmuration of the Tower of London
The quiet murmuration of the Tower of London

It can hardly have escaped your notice that something special is happening at the Tower of London at the moment.

130th anniversary of the closure of Tower of London tube station
130th anniversary of the closure of Tower of London tube station

On this day, 130 years ago, the Tower of London station on the London Underground closed. No, not the one we know today, nor that other one you are thinking of. It’s in fact the original of the three that closed.

Watch the ancient Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues on Friday
Watch the ancient Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues on Friday

The ancient Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues will take place this coming Friday, as sailors from the German naval ship, FGS Niedersachsen pay the traditional price for the protection offered by the Tower of London.

A look inside the Lighthouse HQ next to the Tower of London
A look inside the Lighthouse HQ next to the Tower of London

For just under 500 years, Trinity House has been looking after the safety of seafarers around the coasts of Britain, but an organisation set up to save people from disaster seems to be rather unlucky with its own buildings.

Time to book tickets for Royal Ceremonies
Time to book tickets for Royal Ceremonies

Early each year is the time to dust off the paper and envelopes and remind yourself of those sticky things people used to put on those envelopes before email – to apply for tickets to some ceremonial events.

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