The Tower of London Guard

Officially named, His Majesty’s Royal Palace And Fortress - Tower of London, used to be protected by a detachment of the regiment on guard at Buckingham Palace and St James' Palace.

Currently the Guard is being provided by different units which are rotated weekly. (Schedule below)

The Tower of London Guard comprising of one officer, 6 NCO's and 15 soldiers, post sentries outside the Jewel House and the Queen's House.

The sentries, at the Tower of London are changed every two hours and you can see them being posted and receiving their orders on a visit to the Tower.

The sentry at the Jewel House, is there, along with the Yeoman Warders and the Jewel House wardens, to protect the Crown Jewels.

The second post at The Queen’s House is a silent post, where the guard does not stamp his feet or make loud noises, which could disturb the occupants. Even when an officer makes a tour of inspection the sentry will whisper the reply ‘All’s Well’!

Tower of London Guard

Units Providing The Tower of London Guard - January & February 2024

  • Monday 01 - Thursday 04 January: F Company Scots Guards
  • Friday 05 - Thursday 11 January: Number 9 Company Irish Guards
  • Friday 12 - Thursday 18 January: Number 7 CompanyColdstream Guards
  • Friday 19 - Thursday 25 January: 1st Battalion Welsh Guards
  • Friday 26 - Thursday 01 February: Nijmegen CompanyGrenadier Guards
  • Friday 02 - Thursday 08 February: Number 9 Company Irish Guards
  • Friday 09 - Thursday 15 February: F Company Scots Guards
  • Friday 16 - Thursday 22 February: Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards
  • Friday 23 - Thursday 29 February: Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Military Ceremonies at the Tower of London

Ceremonial Opening

The Ceremonial Opening takes place at 09:00 when the Duty Yeoman Warder and a military escort open the Middle and Byward Towers. Once the ceremonial opening is complete the public is allowed to enter the Tower of London.

The Word

At 15:00 The Officer of The Guard and escort, march to the Byward Tower to collect the Word.

The Word is the password, which is changed daily, for after-hours entry to the Tower of London. The Word used by Tower staff, residents and the soldiers on duty.

Ceremony of the Keys

Every night the Guards and Chief Yeoman Warder take part in the Ceremony of the Keys, when the Tower of London is locked up for the night.

Find out about the Ceremony of the Keys and how to apply for free tickets and the opportunity to witness a ceremony that has been performed every night for more than 900 years at the Tower of London.

Yeoman Warder at the Tower of LondonThe Tower of London

The Tower of London, standing guard over London for over 900 years, is despite a grim reputation as a place of torture and death, one of London's most popular attractions.

Meet the famous Beefeaters see the priceless Crown Jewels and more on a visit to the Tower of London.


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Getting to the Tower of London

Address: The Tower of London London, England EC3N 4AB

By Underground
Tube station closest to the Tower of London: - Tower Hill - District or Circle lines

Dockland Light Railway
DLR station closest to the Tower of London: - Tower Gateway Station
Follow the signs from the stations main entrance to the Tower which is about five minutes walk away.

By Rail
Nearest stations: - Fenchurch Street or London Bridge

By Bus
Numbers of buses that stop near the Tower:
Numbers: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1

By River
Nearest river access: - Tower Pier
Riverboats for Tower Pier depart from Charing Cross, Westminster and Greenwich.

By Car
Nearest car park: - Lower Thames Street about two minutes walk away
The Tower of London is in the congestion charge zone

Getting Around London

The Visitor Oyster Card is the cheapest and most flexible way to travel around London.

Valid on London Underground, buses, trams and the Dockland Light Railway (DLR).

  • Cheap - a single tube journey will cost £4.30 with cash but a maximum of £2.00 with an Oyster card
  • Smart - You will never be charged more than a price of a London Travel card
  • Easy - your card is reusable and the credit never expires

The London Travelcard gives you access to unlimited travel on London Underground trains, buses, Docklands Light Railway, trams and overland trains within London.

  • Cheap: with one ticket you get unlimited travel, (within the zones your Travel card covers), working out much cheaper than buying single tickets
  • Easy: one ticket for one day or one week!

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