The Tower of London is one of the most iconic landmarks of the English capital, making it a must-see stop for any tourist looking to absorb the rich history of London’s past. The Tower still stands on the bank of the River Thames, and is open to visitors for much of the year, allowing you can experience the exact place that so many events took place. Here, we’ve compiled a complete guide for anyone looking to visit the Tower of London.
You can read our guide to the history of the Tower of London here.
The Tower of London is situated on the bank of the River Thames, near to Tower Bridge.
By London Underground: The nearest station to the Tower is “Tower Hill” Underground station, on the District or Circle Lines. The Tower is roughly a five minute walk from the station, and is signposted.
By Train: The nearest stations are Fenchurch Street or London Bridge. It is roughly a 20 minute walk from these stations; a guide book or map will help, but you may also be able to see the Tower in the distance (if you’re familiar with it) and just follow along.
By Boat: The nearest river access is Tower Pier, and riverboats going there depart from Charing Cross, Westminster and Greenwich.
Summer Opening Times (1st March – 31st October each year)
Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 5.30pm
Sunday – Monday: 10am – 5.30pm
Last admission: 5pm.
Winter Opening Times (1st November – 28/29th February)
Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 4.30pm
Sunday – Monday: 10am – 4.30pm
Last admission: 4pm.
Tips: The entrance to the Tower can become rather busy around lunchtime, and you may have to queue. This is particularly true on weekends. The best time to arrive is as close to the 9am opening time as possible.
Individual Rate, Adult: £19.80
Individual Rate, Child: £10.45
Concession (students, 60+) Rate: £17.05
Family (up to two adults and six children): £55
You can also book online, which costs £17 per adult and £9 per child.
Annual Membership (unlimited entry to five palaces): £41.00
Due to the nature of the Tower and its place in history, it is not particularly accessible to those with mobility problems or wheelchair users. While visiting the inner wall area, courtyard, Tower Green etcetera are not a problem, wheelchair uses may struggle in the narrow corridors and steep steps if they wish to visit inside some of the towers.
However, the Jewel House (where it is possible to view the Crown jewels of England) is accessible to all visitors, including wheelchair users.
Eating & Dining Options
There are several cafes within the grounds of the Tower, serving a variety of food such as:
- Morning tea and cakes
- Tea, coffee and soft drinks
- Suitable children’s menu.
Drinks cost £1.30 and upwards; hot food costs £6.50 upwards and sandwiches are around £2.50.
Things To Do & See:
- Yeoman Warder Tours
- The famous ravens of the Tower of London
- Tower Green
- St. Peter ad Vincula
- Traitor’s Gate
The Tower of London is also family-friendly, with plenty of activities for children to enjoy.