Tower Of London
Come face to face with the largest collection of surviving armours known to have belonged to Henry VIII and catch a glimpse of Henry VIII: warrior, sportsman and king - all whilst you explore the magnificent backdrop of the Tower of London. Displayed over three floors of the historic White Tower, this stunning new exhibition celebrates the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII becoming King of England. Some of the world's rarest arms and armour have been selected from the treasures of the Royal Armouries and international collections. These spectacular objects have never been seen together since the reign of his daughter Elizabeth I. Part propaganda, part fashion, the exhibition conveys the power, majesty, wealth and psychology of the man, the icon and the king - who always ensured he was "Dressed to Kill."
Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066 - 7 and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns, today the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses.
Regard in awe the massive White Tower, tiptoe through a King’s medieval bedchamber and marvel at the spectacular Crown Jewels. Meet the Yeoman Warders with bloody tales to tell; stand where famous heads rolled and prisoners wept - then discover even more surprising stories or torture, escape and intrigue!
The Crown Jewels are probably the most eagerly anticipated part of a visit to the Tower of London. The stunning regalia are displayed in the Jewel House opened by the Queen in 1994 and shows these magnificent pieces to their full potential. The Koh-I-Noor diamond; learn about the myths and legends that surround this gem along with the Star of Africa, the world’s largest quality cut diamond from the Jewel House Wardens.
From July 2008 discover why the Tower is and has been so suitable as a Treasure House, Royal Zoo, prison and mint; it was built as a fortress. Discover the Tower’s role as a fortress from 1066 to 1666 and see working replicas of mighty siege weapons and hear the stories of the soldiers who have defended the Tower.
At 14.45 daily, The Ceremony of the Word is undertaken when the military guard collect the password issued from the Ministry of Defence to ensure that when the Tower is locked from the night, residents and soldiers are still able to access their ‘homes’, The guard line up outside the Jewel House and march to the Byward Tower at the main entrance and return with the secret password in a leather pouch.
Hands on History a new display to test your skills as a Yeoman Archer or experience the drama of medieval combat. This display, developed with the Royal Armouries can be found on the second floor of the White Tower.
Sunday - Monday 10:00 - 16:30
Last Admission 16:00
*General admission tickets purchased by telephone via Historic Royal Palaces' switchboard will incur a £2 booking fee per transaction. The booking fee does not apply to tickets purchased online or in person.
Organising your trip to the Tower
Click on the links below to begin planning your trip to the Tower:
To help you explore the Tower
Feel free to ask questions of any of the Yeoman Warders, Jewel House or White Tower wardens during your visit. They will be happy to answer your questions.
You may also wish to visit the Welcome Centre on Tower Hill near the entrance.
Kid's meal deal
The New Armouries restaurant at the Tower of London offers an exclusive family meal deal. Choose from any kid's hot meal with lemonade or milk and a fairy cake for just £3.95. Click here to download a voucher (required). So, whether you are after a light bite or a home-made hot meal you will be offered great value for money.
Book by telephone
Telephone bookings only (not for general information) 0844 482 7799 (from the UK) or +44 (0)20 3166 6000 (from outside the UK)
Weekends and Bank Holidays: 10.00-17.00
Textphone users: Please dial 18001 before the above number.
* When booking general admission tickets by telephone via Historic Royal Palaces' switchboard, a £2 booking fee per transaction will apply. The booking fee does not apply to tickets purchased online or in person.
Book in person
Tickets can be purchased on the day or in advance from the Tower ticket kiosks on Tower Hill.
Please note that third-party promotions and special offers can only be used when buying tickets in person from the Tower ticket office, and separate terms and conditions apply.
+The terms and conditions of our online booking offer are as follows:
1. Offer is subject to availability and applies to all standard admission tickets purchased online 2. There is no cash alternative. 3. Standard terms and conditions apply. 4. All tickets purchased prior to the publishing of this offer can not be included in this promotion. 5. Offer applies to Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London and Kensington Palace standard admission tickets only and does not include any other Historic Royal palaces venue. 6. Offer excludes group tickets, evening functions/events or membership tickets. 7. Offer applies to tickets sold via the Historic Royal Palaces' website only. 8. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Discover the Tower with one of our audio guides and experience five different tours - choose stories about the Normans and before, and the Medieval Palace. Find out more about imprisonment and execution inside the Tower and be dazzled by the Crown Jewels. Finally, allow our Resident Governor and Chief Yeoman Warder to tell you what it's really like to live inside a Royal Fortress.
Cost: £4.00 - adults; £3.00 - concessions
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Chinese (Mandarin).
Please note: An additional returnable deposit is required.