On the banks of the Thames, the Tower of London is one of the most famous monuments in the United Kingdom. Nearly 3 million tourists visit every year this exceptionally preserved Norman medieval fortress. There are several ways to get to know the Tower of London: if you prefer to see it at your leisure, you can buy a ticket without queues and if you prefer to learn more about its history and understand every corner, there are guided tours.
Tour inside the Tower of London with an expert guide
A perfect plan to get to know in depth the mythical Tower of London. Take advantage and ask for advice and recommendations to the expert guide to make the experience as complete as possible.
If you really want to soak up the history that emanates from the walls of the Tower of London and it is the first time you visit it, the best way to do it is with this tour of the Tower of London. In this option you will be accompanied by a guide, which will allow you to ask him all the questions you have.
With a duration of between 2 and 3 hours, this guided tour will trace the best route to see the most essential of this immense architectural complex, including the Crown Jewels exhibition, and will explain step by step everything you can know about the 'Tower of London'.
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Buy tickets to the Tower of London at the box office
Another option is to go to the entrance and buy tickets at the ticket office. There you can choose the ticket that includes access to the Crown Jewels. It gives you the chance to see its glittering collection of Crown Jewels in one day or explore the site on your own at your own pace, but you will have to wait in the long queues at the entrance.
You can also tour inside with a free guided tour by a real 'Beefeater' guard. If you feel like joining this tour, they start every half hour and last 60 minutes. You'll tour inside the Tower through the intriguing tales told by these 'Yeomen Warders', guides dressed as the guards who once watched over the Tower's prisoners and guarded the safety of its royal jewels.
Tower of London prices
The price of the ticket for the Tower of London is from 40 € in Hellotickets. However, if you want your experience to be as complete as possible you can opt for a ticket for the Tower of London with access to the Crown Jewels and tour with a Beefeater guard, whose price is from 44 €.
In addition, you can also combine the entrance to the Tower with other tourist plans such as a cruise, so that it is an offer to the Tower of London, changing of the guard and cruise on the Thames, whose price will be approximately € 150 or a tour of London and tickets to the Tower of London from a price of € 119.
All options to visit the Tower of London
The Tower of London is a must-see and 100% recommended on your trip to the British capital. If you dare to go you can make your visit independently or complement it with a tour of London or even a cruise on the Thames. Below, I indicate all the options available:
- Tickets for the Tower of London, From $ 42.
- Tower of London tickets with access to the Crown Jewels and tour with a Beefeater keeper, From $ 45.
- Tour of London and tickets for the Tower of London, From $ 122.
- Tower of London, changing of the guard and cruise on the Thames, From $ 149.
Is the Tower of London included in any tourist pass?
Being one of the most important attractions in London, the Tower of London is included in several of the tourist passes, which you can learn more about in this other article about the Tower of London. London Pass. The London Pass includes everything you can visit in London in terms of cultural and historical tourism. You will have access to more than 80 attractions, and, in addition, you will save time by skipping the queue of attractions and money by not having to pay the individual ticket for each one.
The price of the London Pass varies according to the number of days of use. The maximum duration is 10 days, but you can customize it and pay only for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 days. To visualize its convenience: for example, with a 6-day London Pass for adults, priced at about 171 pounds, you can visit a number of attractions such that if you paid for them separately would add up to more than 600 pounds.
On the other hand, if you want to know the essential London in a minimum of 4 days, but you would also like to spice up your trip with other leisure activities, such as a visit to Madame Tussauds, the London Dungeon or the London Eye, the London Explorer Pass will be your best option. With this pass you choose by number of attractions to visit, avoiding long queues at each tourist attraction and with a saving of up to 35% on tickets.
What to see at the Tower of London
The monumental complex that encompasses the 'Tower of London' can be overwhelming if you do not have much time for your visit, so I want to recommend some of its essential areas.
TheWhite Tower ('The White Tower') is the main tower of the whole, which is said to have been used as accommodation for the king and houses the best collection of royal armor and another of its watchtowers, the Beauchamp Tower, whose walls can still be seen writings of several of the prisoners who passed through there.
The Crown Jewels: You will be dazzled by the unique collection that comprises its House of Jewels, some of which are still used by Queen Elizabeth II.
Wakefield Tower: in its lower part, you can see an exhibition of how prisoners were tortured with replicas of the objects used by their executioners and around which lives the most famous colony of crows on the planet. These birds were known at the time as the guardians of the Tower of London.
Tower of London opening hours
The Tower of London is open every day of the year, except 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January.
The opening hours of the 'Tower of London' vary at different times of the year, sometimes opening from 9.00 to 16.30 and sometimes from 10.00 to 17.30, so I recommend you check them on their official website, depending on the dates of the calendar in which you travel.
How to get to the Tower of London
The Tower of London stands in St Katharine's & Wapping (Tower Hamlets district), on the historic and financial center of London, the famous 'City', so it is perfectly connected with public transport in the city. On your arrival, get an Oyster Card, which you can buy at any of its subway stations, to move in a more agile and economical way around the capital:
The nearest subway stop to the 'Tower of London' is, about 5 minutes walk, Tower Hill (District Line, Circle Line) You can also approach in its light rail, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), since right next to the Tower Hill subway station is the DLR Tower Gateway Station.
Most of London's sightseeing buses, which you will have access to if you choose a London Pass or a London Explorer Pass, stop at the Tower of London. As for the city bus, you can get there by taking lines 15, 42, 78, 100 and RV1.
You can also get to the Tower of London by getting off at Fenchurch Street train stop, a 5-minute walk away, or from London Bridge stop, a 15-minute walk away.
There are several cruises on the River Thames, which also include the London Pass and the London Explorer Pass, which make stops to visit the Tower of London. The nearest pier is Tower Pier, which can be reached by taking Charing Cross, Westminster and Greenwich.
In general, to get from one end of the city to the other, I recommend that you consider taking a cruise on the Thames. There are different types of cruises, I explain it all in this article on 7 Best Thames River Cruises in London.
Other interesting details about the Tower of London
I must make an important note when visiting the Tower of London because, although it is an accessible place that will interest any type of traveler, you should be aware that access is not possible with certain needs such as a wheelchair.
It does, however, have several volunteers (subject to availability) to help visitors with special needs. For these there is also the possibility of access with an assistance animal and information in Braille, in most of the attraction, for the blind or visually impaired, as well as the possibility of hiring a sign language interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired.
There are also paid audio guides to enrich your visit (about 4 pounds), an elevator to access one of the most legendary places of the attraction, 'The White Tower', and seats to rest your legs at various points of the fortress, as well as several bathrooms, some of them adapted (mainly those on the outside of the Tower).
A bit of history about the Tower of London
Built in 1066, this fortress overlooking central London has been truly 'amortized' during its more than nine centuries of life. It was once a terrifying prison of inhumane conditions, a place of execution for famous traitors to the Crown and later became a Royal residence.
During its history, it has also been used as an armory, Royal Mint and treasury and even as a place of custody of the Crown Jewels and as a zoo for wild animals. There is plenty of history to be discovered within its walls. In fact, the tour of the entire architectural ensemble, will not take less than 3 hours.
For all this, the Tower of London was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
What to visit around the Tower of London
Thanks to the exceptional location of the Tower of London, you can take advantage of your visit to discover other important places in the city. Just 293 meters from the Tower of London you will discover the City Hall, the futuristic style building that houses the City of London and, a little further, at 343 meters, walk across the most famous bridge in the city, Tower Bridge.
Nearby, at 569 meters from the Tower of London, you can admire the Monument to the Great Fire, a Doric stone column of 61 meters representing the great fire that ravaged London in 1666 and its subsequent reconstruction.
If you are interested in naval history you will enjoy very much (244 m from the 'Tower of London') the HMS Belfast, a floating museum that was the flagship of the British Navy. Within this area you will also have the opportunity to cross the London Bridge, the bridge over the River Thames that connects the City of London with the Southwark district.
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Take advantage of being in the area to go up to the incredible viewpoint of The View from the Shard, on the other side of the river.
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