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The Tower of London is one of the most visited sights in the capital of England. It attracts around two million visitors annually. The tower is well visited at any time of day. But if one does not want to wait too long in front of the entrance and/or at the box office, we recommend to visit it on weekdays rather than on weekends. Get up early and come to the opening of the Tower of London at 9:00 am during the week or 10:00 am on weekends. Despite all efforts, waiting times at the tower can range from around 20 minutes to two hours.
March - SeptemberNovember - February
Mon - Fri9:00 - 17:3009:00 - 16:30
Sat + Sun10:00 - 17:3010:00 - 16:30
The regular price for tickets to the Tower on site is £25 for adults. If you buy tickets online you will get a small discount. The tickets then cost about 22 pounds per person. As the Tower is one of the most popular sights in the city, you must be prepared for waiting times. Those who want to get to the Tower of London with skip-the-line have two possibilities. Book a so-called skip-the-line ticket, which gives you priority admission. But the entrance is also included in the London Pass.
There are two great alternatives to save on the entrance fees to the Tower of London. On the one hand the London Pass and on the other hand the 2 for 1 entry tickets, which can be purchased in combination with the use of the National Rail. The London Pass is a Sightseeing City Card that gives you free entry to more than 70 top London attractions. These include the Tower of London, but also Westminster Abbey, London Zoo, Thames River Boat Cruise and many others. The London Pass is available with or without a Travelcard, which gives you free travel on London's public transport. The City Pass is available for one, two, three, six or ten days. Children only pay the reduced price. The London Pass is also a way to avoid long queues, as it grants a so-called fast-track entry.
For the 2 for 1 tickets, you are only entitled to use the 2 for 1 tickets if you buy a paper travelcard and thus use e.g. the Metro in London. Tickets and vouchers for the 2 for 1 discounts are available from the National Rail "Days Out Guide" programme. Attention: not all paper tickets are included in the offer.
Guided tours of the Tower, which are conducted by the Yeomen Warder (also Beefeater), do not cost anything extra. They are included in the ticket price. Tours start every 30 minutes near the main entrance and last about 60 minutes. The last tour starts at 15:30 in summer and 14:30 in winter.
If you do not necessarily want to take part in the public tours in the Tower, book an individual tour in a private or small group. A guide for the Tower is not absolutely necessary, but we recommend one.
Within the walls there is a lot to see on the huge area. Allow at least three hours for the tour of the tower. If you do not have a ticket skip-the-line, you will have to expect additional waiting time. If you want to stroll through the Tower without rushing and, for example, also take part in an official Beefeater tour, plan half a day for the tour.
The Tower is located right next to the Thames at the south-eastern end of London city centre. The fastest way to reach the Tower of London is by metro. District and Circle Line and also the train stop at Tower Hill or Tower Gateway. The bus lines 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1 also go to the Tower of London. A wonderful alternative is to arrive by boat. (pier: Tower Pier). The small ships sail from Charing Cross, Westminster and Greenwich.
The Tower of London was already built in the 11th century, as a fortification of William the Conqueror, and since then, it served all the queens and kings of Great Britain as a longer or temporary residence. The Tower was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and, in addition to its purpose as the residence of the kings, also included functions as an armoury, workshop, warehouse, zoo, garrison, mint, prison, archive, execution site and museum. These are the highlights you definitely have to see:
The Yeomen Warders developed from the former bodyguard of the kings when it was split into two different sections. While the Yeoman Warders stayed as orderly troops in the Tower of London, the Yeomen are often the Guard of the Queens and Kings of England. The Yeomen Warders are also called Beefeaters, because in historic times they were free to eat as much as they wanted. In addition to their function as guards of the Tower, today the many tourists also guide you along the most interesting places in the Tower of London. An absolute highlight! Tours are free of charge.
The Crown Jewels must be visited on every tour of the Tower of London. Crown jewels are not only the jewels and crowns of queens and kings, but also certain objects and items of clothing. The "Coronation Spoon" or the "Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross" for example belong to the British Crown Jewels. The value of the "Crown Jewels" is secret. What is certain, however, is that they are the most valuable collection of diamonds and jewels in the whole world. They are located in the Jewel House of the Tower of London and are only used for annual cleaning or special occasions such as the Coronation Ceremony or the annual Parliament Opening. The Queen wears the "Imperial State Crown" one of the youngest crowns in the collection of crown jewels.
The White Tower and/or "The White Tower" is the heart of the Tower of London and is considered to be the oldest part of the whole complex. In the 11th century the "White Tower" served as a fortress to protect against intruders. Today it houses the "Royal Armouries Collection" with a variety of medieval weapons and armour and the "Chapel Royal of St. John", a beautiful medieval church, which is still almost in its original state.
An important quotation about the Tower of London is: "If the ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall". So if the ravens ever leave the Tower, the kingdom will perish. At least that's what the quote and the legend say. Currently, seven ravens live on the grounds of the tower. But be careful: Visitors should keep their distance to the ravens, as they only listen to the so-called "Raven Master" and may only be fed by him.
Several people lost their lives on the site of the tower over the centuries. Some were executed as traitors to the Crown, others, like the second wife of King Herny VIII, were executed as a traitor. Anne Boylen, were murdered. She could not bear the king a son. Her restless spirit could not find peace after her fateful death and, according to legend, still wanders the grounds of the tower today. Who is brave enough may see them near the gate chapel?