Tower of London Tickets

This post covers how to get discounted tickets to the Tower of London, how to plan your visit, and what you’ll see on your tour

 


TICKETS

This section will give you an overview of ticket types and ticket prices. 

TIP: To get a discount of up to 50% on your tickets, check out the attraction discount passes below. 

 

Tower of London Tickets

 

General Admission 

This ticket includes access to all public spaces in the Tower of London, Yeoman Warder tours, children’s activities, and the Crown Jewels.

Audio Guide

  • £4

 


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TOWER OF LONDON DISCOUNTS

This section includes the various discounts available for Tower of London tickets. 


Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

You can find Tower of London tickets on multiple discount passes.

If you want to read about attraction discount passes that can save you up to 50% of the retail price on select London activities, check out our full post. 

 

 

Admission to the Tower of London is included on these passes: 

Check out our detailed post on tourist attraction passes so you can save the most time and money on your trip to London. All you have to do is scan your card and you’ll be allowed in ahead of everyone waiting in line for a ticket.


The Original London Tour Combo Deal

If you’re planning to take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour while visiting this city, you may want to consider combining that service with a trip to the Tower of London.

The Original London Tour offers a deal which provides a discount on tickets for both activities when they are purchased at the same time.

While they imply that this is a 15% discount, the reality is that they charge a bit more for tickets to the Tower of London than what you’ll pay at the gate, making the actual deal more like 10% off.

Even if it’s not a full 15% off, this is still a great way to save a few pounds on both activities.

Learn more about this combo package or purchase your tickets.


2 for 1 National Rail Discount 

If you purchase and use a National Rail ticket on the same day you go sightseeing, it could give you a 2 for 1 deal at more than 150 London sites and attractions. 

The Tower of London is one of the eligible locations. Check our full post for 2 for 1 discount details.


Historic Royal Palaces Members

Royal history buffs might want to get a Historic Royal Palaces membership.

One membership purchase allows you unlimited entry into all the major royal, historic palaces: Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Hillsborough Castle, Kew Palace, Tower of London, and the Banqueting House.

It pays for itself within a few visits and includes a 10% discount in Palace shops, cafes, and restaurants. 

Prices: 

  • Adult Membership: £53
  • Joint (2 Adults) Membership: £82
  • 1 Adult + 6 Children Family Membership: £76
  • 2 Adults + 6 Children Family Membership: £108

TIP: If you already bought tickets for one of the palaces, you can upgrade to a full membership in person at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Or Kensington Palace. 


3 or 4 Royal Palace Combo Ticket

Get skip-the-line entry to 4 of the Historic Royal Palaces with this £65 combo ticket. You’ll have 2 full years to visit the palaces on the ticket after purchase.

The palaces included are the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, and Kensington Palace, and the Banqueting House.


Senior Discount, Student Discount, Disabled Visitor Discount

Visitors 65 years old and up, full-time students with an ID, and disabled visitors receive the concession price of £19.30.


Military Discounts

Unfortunately, we could not find any military discounts for the Tower of London. 


Family Saver Discounts

If you’re visiting the Tower of London as a family there are two versions of the family saver discount.

  • Family Saver 1 includes 1 adult and up to 3 children for £44.40.
  • Family Saver 2 includes 2 adults and up to 3 children for £62.90.

Ceremony of the Keys

You can visit the Tower of London at night and for free during the Ceremony of the Keys, but you must plan well in advance.


Coupon Sites

Check out discount sites such as Groupon – they occasionally have great coupons for admission.

 


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PLAN YOUR VISIT

This section will help you plan your visit including how to get there, when to go, and how long you should expect to stay.

If you’re looking for discounted entry, check out the above section.


How to Get There

The Tower of London is located at St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK

 

Tower of London Tickets Location

 

It is right on the Thames River by Tower Bridge. We suggest using this Google link to get directions from your location.

Underground Stations:

  • Tower Hill
  • Monument
  • London Bridge

Nearest Railway: 

  • London Bridge Station
  • DLR Tower Gateway Station

Bus Routes

  • There are multiple nearby bus stops for routes 15, 42, 78, 100, and RV1.

Hop-On Hop-Off:

Walking Tours

 

Be sure to check out our posts on navigating the London Underground and choosing which tube pass to buy.


Hours of Operation

Summer Hours (March 1st – October 31st)

  • Tuesday – Saturday
    • 9:00 – 17:30 (5:30 pm)
  • Sunday/Monday
    • 10:00 – 17:30 (5:30 pm) *last entry at 5 pm

Winter Hours (November 1st – February 28th)

  • Tuesday – Saturday
    • 9:00 – 16:30 (4:30 pm)
  • Sunday/Monday
    • 10:00 – 16:30 (4:30 pm) *last entry at 4 pm

NOTE: They are occasionally closed for events, so check the website before you arrive.


Best Times to Visit

The best time to visit is definitely during a weekday, but even then you should probably arrive early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

 

Weekdays Tower Bridge Experience

 

The largest crowds will generally start to thin out after 15:00 (3:00 pm) in the afternoon on weekdays. 

Weekends, however, will be extremely busy at all hours, especially between May and September.

 

Best Time to Go to Tower Bridge


How long should you stay?

There are a lot of things to see and do here, and most visitors suggest giving yourself at least 3-4 hours to explore the area.

Considering that the crowds start to get really large at about 12:00 pm, an early morning trip really is your best option.

If you have to visit later, consider arriving at about 13:30 (1:30 pm) and staying until they close.


Prohibited Items

As with most historic landmarks, there are certain items that you will not be allowed to bring with you to the Tower of London. All visitors will be required to undergo a bag check before entering this site.

In addition to things like weapons, the following items are also prohibited:

  • Tripods
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Large bags

If you need somewhere to store your luggage or other items, we know where you can store your bags while you’re at the Tower of London.


Is photography permitted?

Although you are allowed to bring cameras and take photographs, there are a few locations at the Tower of London where no photography of any kind is allowed:

  • The Jewel House
  • The Martin Tower
  • The Chapel of St. John (in the White Tower)
  • Inside the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula

You may also be prohibited from taking photographs of certain items. If you aren’t sure whether or not pictures are allowed in a specific area, please ask a staff member for more information.


Accessibility

Although the Tower of London is accessible for most visitors, it is important to note that certain areas of this landmark are paved with cobblestone. Due to the bumpy texture of this surface, it is not ideal for wheelchairs, prams or a buggy.

In particular, disabled visitors may have trouble seeing the Cradle Tower and the back of the Jewel House

Buggy parks are provided next to the Salt Tower, the Middle Drawbridge, and the White Tower. Baby changing areas can be found at the New Armouries Café, the brick toilets behind the Jewel House, and near the Salt Tower.

 


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EXHIBITS AT THE TOWER OF LONDON 

This section lists some of the exhibits, rooms, and points of interest within the Tower of London.

 

 


The Crown Jewels

Nestled onto crushed blue velvet and kept securely behind spotlessly clean glass, the Crown Jewels are proudly on display in the Jewel House at the Tower of London.

Once inside the Jewel House, guests will come face-to-face with some of the most famous gemstones in the world. For more information, please read our blog post on visiting the Crown Jewels. 


The White Tower 

This is the oldest building in the Tower of London which holds a beautifully preserved 11th-century chapel. 

The White Tower also displays the Line of Kings, an awe-inspiring exhibition of suits of armour and arms that have been on display for over 300 years.

If you’ve ever wondered what Henry VIII wore when he was jousting, you will get an up-close view here in the White Tower.


A Medieval Palace 

Recreating amazing rooms such as the bedchamber of King Edward I, the Medieval Palace in the Tower shows visitors exactly how our historic Kings and Queens would have lived.  


Mint Street 

Commemorating the fact that the Royal Mint used to be based in the Tower of London (before being moved to Wales), the Mint Street exhibition highlights and details the history of the Royal Mint in the Tower.

The Coins and Kings experience gives visitors a hands-on experience, showcasing not just the history of Mint Street, but displaying many of the actual artifacts that have been produced here. 


Tower Green 

Arguably the most famous execution site in the world, Tower Green contains a beautiful memorial to all those who lost their lives within the walls of the Tower.

Two of Henry VIII’s wives, a 16-year-old ‘queen,’ and even Margaret Pole, the Countess of Salisbury who was an elderly woman at the time of her execution, are among the list of those commemorated.


The Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula 

A Chapel Royal, in existence since the 12th century, St. Peter ad Vincula is the final resting place of those executed within the walls of the Tower. It is the designated place of worship for all of those who work (and live!) inside the Tower.

With memorials and statues designated to famous faces of the churches history, buried inside are two of Henry VIIIs wives, as well as two saints: Sir Thomas Moore and Bishop John Fisher.

 


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An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 15 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.

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