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London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

1. London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

Take a tour of the timeless Tower of London – part of British history since the 11th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1086 by William the Conqueror.  Discover London’s castle – a secure fortress, royal palace, and infamous prison. Spot the ravens that live on the premises and find out why they are known as the guardians of the Tower. Stroll across Tower Green to see where many executions took place, including those of 2 of Henry VIII's wives. You will also have access to the inside of the tower. Prepare to be dazzled by the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. These priceless symbols of the British Monarchy compose the greatest working collection of crown jewels in the world. Pore over the 23,578 gems, including the glistening Imperial State Crown - this piece alone has 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies. Gain valuable insights into the Towers History from some of its most famous residents, The Yeoman Body. Whilst Tours may be currently unavailable, the Yeoman Warders will be on hand to provide fascinating stories of the Tower through the ages.

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London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

2. London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

Climb aboard a sightseeing boat at Westminster Pier and cruise through the heart of London, admiring the many sights along the River Thames along the way. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Bankside Pier before arriving at Tower Bridge Quay. Catch sights of St. Paul's Cathedral, The Shard, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, and much more en route. Choose a 1-way trip to Tower Bridge Quay or opt for a round-trip cruise and return to Westminster. Listen to the live audio commentary from your captain and make use of the state-of-the-art facilities onboard the boat.   Benefit from regular departures from Westminster Pier every hour along with ideal viewing opportunities from the open top deck of the modern "Sapele" and "Mercuria" vessels or the open deck of the traditional "Sarah Kathleen." Each vessel features a bar serving light refreshments to purchase.

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London: Ghost Walk and Spooky River Thames Boat Ride

3. London: Ghost Walk and Spooky River Thames Boat Ride

Feel shivers down your spine on a ghost walk around the haunted and historic sights of London. Follow the shadows to some of the darkest corners of the city on a 2-hour walking tour and boat ride. Cruise in luxury along the River Thames aboard a boat with an on-board bar. See London's legendary attractions illuminated for the evening against the black night sky. Discover the site of the most haunted house and creep through parks rich with horrific history.  End the night at the royal castle and former prison of the Tower of London.  

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Tower of London and Tower Bridge VIP Early-Access Tour

4. Tower of London and Tower Bridge VIP Early-Access Tour

Feel like a VIP on an exclusive, early access tour of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge in central London. Meet your guide at Tower Hill Underground Station. Then, skip the lines to London’s most historic royal palace at the Tower of London. Watch the official opening ceremony by the Yeoman Warders. Go inside to look at the Crown Jewels without the crowds. Then, walk over to Tower Bridge and skip-the-lines to the Tower Bridge Experience. Learn the history of London’s most famous bridge, and enjoy panoramic views down the River Thames. Look inside the Victorian Engine Rooms to see the coal-driven engines that used to power the opening of the bridge. See exhibits that explain the workings and history of Tower Bridge for a more immersive experience.

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London: Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater

5. London: Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater

Explore one of the oldest monuments in London on an early morning guided tour of the Tower of London, and see the Crown Jewels before the crowds arrive. Skip the long lines to the legendary site, where 3 English queens were executed, and get a brief introduction to the origins of the attraction before you meet one of the Yeomen Warders, more commonly known as Beefeaters. Learn about the traditions of these elite guardsmen, historically responsible for the prisoners at the tower and for safeguarding the Crown Jewels. Journey through centuries of British history and see where Guy Fawkes was put on trial. Marvel at magnificent orbs, swords, rings, crowns and scepters used for royal ceremonies and coronations. Stay at the Tower of London to explore at your own pace once your official tour is over.

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London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

6. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Big Bus Route Highlights: Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the GuardHouses of ParliamentBig BenWestminster Abbey10 Downing StreetWhitehallPiccadilly CircusOxford StreetRegent StreetLondon EyeLondon DungeonSea Life London AquariumMadame TussaudsCovent GardenBank of EnglandMonumentSt Pauls CathedralTower of LondonTower BridgeThe ShardCity HallLambeth PalaceBritish MuseumMarble ArchMayfairGreen ParkHyde Park CornerHarrodsSouth Kensington MuseumsKensington PalaceNotting Hill This Big Bus Tour on open-top, double decker bus gives you unlimited hop-on, hop-off use on all routes for either 24-, 48- or 72- hours, taking you to London’s most impressive sights and key attractions. There are 3 ticket types available: Classic Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Premium Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption) Return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich, via Tower of London Panoramic evening tour Premium Plus Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 3 days (72 hours from time of redemption) Return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich, via Tower of London Panoramic evening tour Discover London via two specially-designed routes covering 37 stops: Best of Central London (Red Route) Experience informative and engaging recorded commentary, available in 5 different languages. The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral. Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes. Frequency: approx. every 20 minutes. Best of the West (Blue Route) The Blue Route offers recorded commentary in 5 different languages - English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The Blue Route covers all the main historical sights of the West of London including stops at Harrods, London's best museums, Kensington Palace, and Marble Arch. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes. Frequency: approx. every 30 minutes. River Cruise A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction) whilst the Premium and Premium Plus tickets include a return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich with the option to break the journey at the Tower of London. The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. You'll see top London attractions lining the Thames including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Premium Plus ticket types. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set. The tour departs daily at 18:00 from bus stop 12 at The London Eye. It lasts for 90 minutes.

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London: Ghastly Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

7. London: Ghastly Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

Go off the beaten path on a 2-hour after dark walking tour of London, and learn about the city’s ghastly ghosts and ghouls. Meet your guide at All Hallows by-the-Tower, one of the oldest churches in London, with a Saxon arch and recycled Roman tiles. Surrounded by the City of London’s skyscrapers and trendy restaurants, it’s hard to imagine the full extent of London's haunted past, but as you sneak down the dark streets of "the world's best city," your guide will regale you with tales of ghouls, ghosts, and specters. Feel the chills down your spine as London’s dark history is brought to life. Hear stories of unspeakable suffering, blood-curdling crime, and horrid murders. London is full to the brim with terrible tales of midnight monsters and devilish demons. Dare to walk in the footsteps of the unexplained, and experience a terrifying walk through the historic City of London, starting at the Tower of London and ending at St Paul's Cathedral.

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London: Crown Jewels Tour with River Cruise

8. London: Crown Jewels Tour with River Cruise

Discover 2 of London's most iconic sites with tours of St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. Step back in time as your guide leads you through centuries of history; from the Tudor period to the Great Fire of London, right up until the present day. Crowned by the magnificent dome iconic of the London skyline, Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt St. Paul's Cathedral in the English Baroque style after the Great Fire of London. Since then it has served as the location of many grand royal events, including the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. The Tower of London was founded in 1078 by William the Conqueror after seizing the English crown, and was seen as a symbol of repression for some time. Since then it has been a Royal Palace, armory, prison, and execution site. The traditionally-attired Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with insightful tales of its past before the tour progresses to the Crown Jewels. Here you'll see the incredible Imperial State Crown, the enormous Cullinan diamonds, and the extraordinary Koh-i-Noor. You have the choice to take the River Cruise and end your tour at Westminster Pier, or take the cruise on another day and go with your guide back to the Tower of London. River Cruise Tickets are one-way from Tower Pier to Westminster Pier (or vice versa).

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The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

9. The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

See all that London has to offer while saving both time and money with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors, though it is not always the easiest or cheapest of experiences. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Take a ride on a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS• The View from the Shard• Tower of London• 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour• Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle• Westminster Abbey• London Bridge Experience and London Tombs• Tower Bridge Exhibition• ZSL London Zoo• Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST• Shakespeare's Globe Theatre• Royal Albert Hall• Royal Observatory Greenwich• Old Royal Naval College• Cutty Sark• Kew Gardens• Hampton Court Palace• Apsley House• Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour• Benjamin Franklin House• Eltham Palace• Jewel Tower• The Monument to The Great Fire of London• Golden Hinde• Southwark Cathedral• Wellington Arch• Chelsea Physic Garden• London Wetland Centre MUSEUMS & GALLERIES• London Transport Museum• Foundling Museum• Household Cavalry Museum• Charles Dickens Museum• Guards Museum• Cartoon Museum• Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art• Wernher Collection at Ranger's House• Fan Museum• London Canal Museum• London Museum of Water and Steam• Garden Museum• Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising• Museum of London Docklands (with guidebook)• Queen's Gallery• Pollocks Toy Museum• The British Museum (with Vox Audio guide)• The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES• ArcelorMittal Orbit• Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium)• Chelsea FC Stadium Tour• Curzon Bloomsbury• Curzon Mayfair Cinema• Curzon Soho Cinema• 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours• Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours• Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip• Kia Oval Ground Tour• London Bicycle Tour• London Bicycle Hire• Brit Movie Tours• QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl• Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum• Wembley Stadium Tours

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Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

10. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivalled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction) whilst the Premium and Premium Plus tickets include a return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich with the option to break the journey at the Tower of London. Departure times vary for the river cruise. You can board the river cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16), Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier (near stop 18) and the London Eye Pier (near stop 11). Big Bus route highlights include Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Covent Garden, Bank of England, Monument, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, City Hall, Lambeth Palace, British Museum, Marble Arch, Mayfair, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, South Kensington Museums, Kensington Palace and Notting Hill.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there?

    Near Tower Bridge, the Tower of London's nearest Tube station is Tower Hill on the District and Circle lines. It can also be reached by taking the DLR to Tower Gateway.

  • How long to visit?

    There are 12 acres and a lot to see within the walls of the Tower of London. History buffs could easily spend a full day there! Although you could feasibly rush through it in three hours, we'd recommend setting aside at least six to do an official Beefeater tour. Some areas, such as the chapel, can't be accessed any other way!

  • How much does it cost?

    Tower of London tickets normally cost £22 (with concessions available). However, admission is also included with the London Pass, which comes with the added bonus of not having to queue!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Hours vary based on time of year:
    March 1-October 31
    Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
    Sunday-Monday: 10:00AM-5:30 PM
    November 1-February 28
    Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
    Sunday-Monday, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Entry tickets are around £22.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. It's worth checking out these best-selling tours: http://www.getyourguide.com/s/?q=Tower%20Of%20London
  • How to get there
    The District and Circle lines on the Tube, as well as the DLR, lead to Tower Hill and Tower Gateway stations respectively.
  • Additional information
    *Be careful if it has been raining - some surfaces could be slippery.
    *Wear good shoes, as you will be climbing quite a lot of stairs and walking on some uneven surfaces.

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What people are saying about Tower of London

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 13,336 reviews

We had a great morning at the Tower and would recommend this to anyone visiting London. So much to see, and definitely take the tour into the Chapel, very entertaining!

Our guide Deborah was amazing... really enjoyed the visit to St. Paul's Cathedral the most...

Really interesting, lots to see, staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

Full of great information and delivered by an excellent guide/beefeater.

Wonderful place to visit and beautiful Christmas decorations