Exactly 23,578 gemstones make up the Crown Jewels, the very symbols of Royal Authority! And, when they aren’t being worn by the current Queen, you can see them at the Tower of London. Under lock and key at the Jewel House, these diamonds, emeralds, and rubies have a major religious, cultural, and political significance in the history of England and beyond. Don’t gaze at King Edward’s crown for too long or you might attract the attention of the armed guards!
Over 133 confirmed executions have occurred at the Tower of London over the centuries. Most famously, Anne Boleyn and St. Thomas More were beheaded here. William Wallace and the future Queen Elizabeth I both served time at the Tower of London, too. And, while visiting, you can see the implements of torture and execution used at the time, such as the executioner’s block, his axe, and the rack. You’ll leave the Tower of London happy that you live in modern times!
Tower of London is open daily
The free guided tour of the Tower of London lasts one hour
The Tower of London is open at the following times:
November 1st - February 29th: Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday & Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
March 1st - October 31st: Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday & Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
Tower of London is located at St. Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB.
Getting There – By Tube, take the district and circle lines to the Tower Hill Station. By bus, take the 15, 42, 78, 100, or RV1 lines.
Immediately on booking you will be emailed a receipt for your tickets. Your barcoded e-ticket will be sent by email within 24 hours of booking. This ticket can be shown on your smartphone to enter the attraction.
During the summer months, you might find long waiting times to enter the Tower of London. Try visiting early in the morning when it is usually less busy.