The Tower of London is one of the most important tourist attractions of the British capital that throughout history has played different roles as a fortress, royal residence or prison. Its walls hold a lot of spooky stories and also some treasures.
To explore its interior you will have to buy tickets to the Tower of London, but to organize the budget of the activity you will need to know how much they cost, if you can visit with a tourist card or if there is a way to save on tickets. You've come to the right place! In this post I tell you about that and much more, below.
1. How much budget do I need to see the Tower of London?
1. To visit it on your own
If you are passionate about history and always wanted to know the Tower of London, from 35 € you can get tickets at the ticket office of the monument to see it on your own, although if you pay a little more money**(from 41 €**) you can get an audio guide with which to make the visit.
2. To visit it with a tour
If it is the first time you go to the city and you want to soak up its history, a very interesting option that you can book at Hellotickets from 280€ is a private guided tour of the Tower of London, which will allow you to know all the secrets of this monument in a completely personalized way, with a guide who speaks your language and who will be dedicated exclusively to you and your group.
This is the most complete option! As it is private, you will be able to tailor this tour to your needs and focus on those aspects of the Tower of London that interest you the most in a 2 to 3 hour tour.
Why choose a private tour?
In a monumental complex as large and ancient as the Tower of London, in my opinion you get much more out of the experience if during the tour we are accompanied by a professional guide who puts us in context about the origins and operation of the fortress as well as the personalities who inhabited this place over time.
In addition, booking a private tour like this one, if you wish, you can request to be picked up at your hotel to be taken to the Tower of London. If you are new to the city and not yet familiar with its transportation network, this is the best way to get to the attraction without the possibility of getting lost along the way.
2. Can I visit the Tower of London with a Tourist Card and how much do they cost?
Indeed! You can use the London tourist cards to visit the Tower of London. From 41€ you can buy the London Explorer Pass and from 74€ you can buy the London Pass at Hellotickets.
Both will allow you to visit the Tower of London and many other tourist attractions of the British capital (such as Madame Tussauds Museum, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, The Shard, a boat trip on the Thames...) while saving money and time.
The main difference between the two tourist cards (besides the price) is how they work.
London Explorer Pass You only pay for the number of attractions you want to see.
London Pass Gives access to more than 80 attractions and you pay per day.
If you want to know all the advantages of having these tourist passes, I recommend you to take a look at the post The best tourist card in London, it will surely help you decide when buying tickets to see the Tower of London!
3. Can tickets to the Tower of London be purchased at the ticket office and how much do they cost?
Indeed, at the Tower Hill ticket office you can buy in person the tickets for the Tower of London but it is not the option that I recommend, as there are large queues of visitors trying to get tickets for the same day.
If you wait to buy tickets there, you run the risk of being sold out and that there is no availability when your turn comes because it is one of the most popular tourist attractions.
To avoid all these inconveniences, my advice is to buy tickets to the Tower of London online and in advance of your travel date. It's the best way to secure your spot on the day and time you want. However, the ticket prices at the box office are:
- Adult (18-64 years): from £29.90.
- Child (5-15 years): from £14.90.
- Concession (over 65s, 16 and 17 year olds, students and disabled: from £24.
- Children under 5 years: Free
4. How can I save on my visit to the Tower of London? Are there discounted rates?
London is an expensive city so anything that can help save money is welcome. For example, reduced admission rates to the Tower of London for certain age groups, groups or large families. We see it!
- Reduced rate for adults over 65: from £24.
- Reduced rate for children from 5 to 15 years old: from £14.90.
- Reduced rate for students: from £24.
- Reduced rate for disabled: from £24.
- Reduced rate for families (two adults and up to 3 children aged 5 to 15): from £82.10.
5. How much does it cost to eat near the Tower of London?
The visit to the Tower of London is a long one, between 1 and 3 hours or so, so you're likely to work up an appetite during or after the tour.
The monument is located in the Tower Hamlets area and in the surrounding area you can find different restaurants or stores to take a break and recharge your batteries after an intense visit. The good thing about London is that the gastronomic offer is very wide and you will find good options from 8 €.
If you are thinking of taking advantage of the visit to the Tower of London to eat there on the way, I recommend you to take a look at the post Where to eat near the Tower of London where you can get some ideas.
6. How much does it cost to get to the Tower of London?
The Tower of London rises above the historic and financial center of the capital, the famous City of London, so this monument is very well served by public transport and is very easy to reach.
From 6 € that can cost a single subway ticket depending on the area you can take one that takes you to Tower Hill, the nearest station just 5 minutes walk away.
However, in the post Practical guide to the London Underground you will find extensive information on various issues related to this transport that will surely help you when using it.
When you arrive in London you may be surprised that the price of public transport is so high compared to other cities in Europe.
On foot with a walk
And if you are one of those travelers who love to walk and explore the city on foot, you won't really need to spend anything because taking a walk through the center from the Westminster area, Covent Garden or the "City" will get you there for free and you will see a lot of spectacular sites along the way.