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Tower Of London

KidRated’s Tower of London Top Tips:

  • Don’t miss your FREE Yeoman Warder tour
  • You can’t steal the Crown Jewels, but the gift shops are packed with great souvenirs
  • Visit Tower Bridge too – it’s right next to the Tower 

Initially named The White Tower by its creator William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has been everything from a royal residence to a prison in its time. Its protective surrounding moat gives it a truly medieval feel.

 

Look out for the six protective ravens surrounding the Tower! Legend states that if they leave, the tower and kingdom will fall. Luckily, other security measures are also on hand: Yeoman Wardens – popularly known as Beefeaters – can be seen standing guard. Join the Yeoman Warder tour to hear their tales of intrigue, imprisonment and torture.

 

Inside, the Tower of London hosts fascinating historical objects, including the beautiful Crown Jewels!  See the armoured Line of Kings and hear fascinating stories of the wild beasts which were kept captive in the Tower. If you fancy sticking around, at precisely 9:53pm every night you can watch the Tower’s tradition, carried out over the centuries: the Chief Yeoman Warder’s daily ceremony of handing over the keys, including the phrase ‘HALT! Who comes there?’ – that is, providing the Chief Yeoman Warder’s watch doesn’t stop!


Booking Advice:

  • Buy tickets now to beat the queues and save money
  • For proven Tower Hamlets residents, entrance is just £1!
  • Family tickets available. Under 5s go FREE

VISITOR INFORMATION

Where:

Tower Hill
London
EC3N 4AB

Phone number:

0844 482 7777 (from the UK), +44 (0)20 3166 6000 (from outside the UK)

Website:

Opening hours:

Open all year. Summer: 1 March - 31 October: Tuesday - Saturday 09:00-18:00 / Sunday - Monday 10:00-18:00. Last admission 17:00. Winter: 1 November - 28 February: Tuesday - Saturday 09:00-17:00 / Sunday - Monday 10:00-17:00. Last admission 16:00.
The Tower is closed 24-26 December (inclusive) and 1 January.

How to get there:

Tube: Tower Hill
But why not arrive in style by City Cruise?

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  1. Bella Clark

    I got my kids up at the crack of dawn and drove to the Tower of London where we found it easy to park in the area. There were hundreds of people already there to see the poppies at sunrise but the atmosphere was incredible. It was surreally tranquil and quiet. It was very moving and the kids, though initially reluctant about rising early, soaked up the moment and loved getting up close to the poppies. I recommend a once in the life time dawn visit to the Tower of London to see the poppies. So go to bed early tonight and get a visit in before school or football club – whatever day you go on!!!

  2. Caroline Miller

    This is absolutely perfect! We did this with our two boys last week and this review is really helpful. Ditto to all the great advice here.

  3. Natasha

    Avoid! The crowds to see the poppies are massive and we waited over an hour in a queue prebooked tickets before we gave up. A waste of £55. We went to the Tate Modern instead.

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