London’s stunning Tower Bridge could lead to none other than a castle, the glorious London Tower that has been standing on the Thames’ bank for about a millennium. By the looks of it, one could assume that it’s just another castle surrounded by walls and trenches, but this would be a huge understatement compared to its actual story. It has operated as a palace, a fort and a prison, that’s why Kings and Queens, guards, priests, politicians and prisoners have passed its gates. Nowadays, it welcomes anyone that wants to get a sense of those times, find out its secrets and admire its collections. Get inside the White and the Bloody Tower, admire the crown jewels, armories, clothing garments and body armors, as well as the prison cells and execution chambers. It is pretty voluminous, so you might need about three hours to explore the whole of it. If you happen to be around during the evening, don’t miss the chance to watch the Ceremony of the Keys! Finally, you should know that the Tower is considered to be haunted, with its most famous spooky tenant being Anne Boleyn. BOO! Ha. Click HERE to learn more about our experience.
Important note: If you have a London Pass card, you can get right inside.
Suggested visit time: 3-3.5 hours
Open: 09:00-16:30 during the winter months & 09:00-17:30 during the summer months. Closed: December 24th-26th & January 1st. The last tour starts at 14.30 in the winter and at 15.30 in the summer.
Cost: £24.50 for ages 16+, £11 for children aged 5-15. Audio guide costs £4.00.
The know it all says: The Ceremony of the Keys is the oldest military ceremony in the world and has been taking place at 21.53 every night for hundreds of years!