Beefeater's, or to give them their proper title ‘Yeoman Warder's', have guarded the Tower for centuries.
Share the secrets of one thousand years of royal gossip and intrigue on a Yeoman Warder tour.
The Beefeater's will amaze and possibly appall you with tales, that have been passed down for generations of pain and passion, treachery and torture, all delivered with inimitable style!
Despite its grim reputation as a place of torture and death, there are so many more stories to be told and things to see when you visit 'The Tower of London'.
Visitor Tip - Yeoman Warder Tours start near the main gate every thirty minutes and are included in the price of your entry tickets.
The world famous collection of fabulous finery and regalia – the Crown Jewels housed in the Jewel House, explores the importance of the Crown Jewels to the British monarchy, the role of the Tower in protecting these treasures and the long and fascinating tradition of coronations in England.
The priceless collection holds some of the most legendary and extraordinary diamonds in the world including the 'First Star of Africa', now mounted at the top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre. This is the largest flawless cut diamond in the world and weighs 530 carats.
The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London are a unique working collection of royal regalia and are still regularly used by the Queen in important ceremonies, such as the State opening of Parliament.
Visitor Tip - Get to the Tower of London early and head straight to the Jewel House as long queues form to see the Crown Jewels.
You cannot miss the iconic White Tower, a symbol of London and Britain, overlooking the River Thames.
From July 2013, you will find the world’s oldest visitor attraction inside, The Line of Kings.
A line of wooden horses, their garish colours and wild expressions somewhat incongruous in amongst the majestic suits of armour, is the surviving remnant of one of the oldest - and oddest - collections at the Tower.
From murky beginnings as the Horse Armoury it is part propaganda, part fantasy, and the longest running visitor attraction in the world.
Explore the prisoners' stories at the Tower of London and follow in their footsteps.
The Royal Beasts return to the Tower, London's original zoo!
See sculptures of the lions, baboons, an elephant and even a polar bear; discover how they came to be at the Tower and what became of them in a fascinating exhibit in the Brick Tower.
Hear the amazing tales of how the animals were fed, watered and housed as well as various unfortunate incidents when the public got a little too close!
The Royal Mint was located in the Tower of London between 1279 and 1812 and the interactive Coins and Kings exhibition lets you explore the history of the Mint at the Tower.
Explore six key 'moments' including Isaac Newton's efforts to rid London of counterfeiters when he was Warden of the Mint, learn of Edward I's harsh punishments for people who tampered with his coins.
Elizabeth I's restoration of the coinage following her father Henry VIII’s disastrous meddling, and Charles II's rejection of Commonwealth money.
This is just a taster of what's waiting inside the Tower of London and there is much more to see in the Medieval Palace ,the Bloody Tower, the memorial on Tower Green, to those who were executed inside the Tower, and a chance to walk along the ancient walls.
The Tower of London is open daily except on the 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
Summer Opening - 1 March - 31 October:
Winter Opening 1 November - 28 February:
Purchase with confidence – Cancel Tickets up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Address: The Tower of London London, England EC3N 4AB
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.
Nearest stations: - Fenchurch Street or London Bridge
Numbers of buses that stop near the Tower:
Numbers: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1
Nearest river access: - Tower Pier
Riverboats for Tower Pier depart from Charing Cross, Westminster and Greenwich.
Nearest car park: - Lower Thames Street about two minutes walk away
The Tower of London is in the congestion charge zone
An 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).
London Travelcard gives you access to unlimited travel on London Underground trains, buses, Docklands Light Railway, trams and overland trains within London.
Yeoman Warders lead exclusive tours of the Tower, taking in some of the gruesome sights and extraordinary stories which make it world famous.
You will have unique after hours access to the UK’s most visited historic attraction on a Twilight Tour.
See world famous sights such as Traitors’ Gate, the Scaffold Site and outside the Bloody Tower, and be appalled and amazed by tales of prisoners and past residents, of royal gossip and of the secrets kept within these ancient walls.
Twilight Tours of the Tower of London are only available on selected dates and to over 12's.