Tower of London Highlights
The Tower of London is a powerful symbol of England, and a treasure trove of captivating history. Marvel at the Crown Jewels and Traitors' Gate, hear stories from the iconic Beefeaters, see the infamous ravens, and discover how English history was made at this impressive seat of power - at once a fortress, royal palace and infamous prison. Choose a ticket that covers your entry to the Tower of London, or upgrade your royal experience with one of the 'Palace Pass' combination tickets, giving you the ability to visit the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace or Banqueting House at your leisure. Please note that Hampton Court Palace is not located in Central London, so Big Bus Tours doesn't have a stop nearby. But, you can quickly and easily reach Hampton Court by train from Waterloo Station.More Info Read Less
Learn about the Tower’s early years as a formidable historic fortress. Walk the walls and see the defensive inner battlements and huge towers that have guarded it for centuries. Delve inside to see the meticulously recreated, luxurious lodgings of medieval kings, examine the spartan lodgings and graffiti of the tower's prisoners, and observe the sinister instruments of torture that befell many of them.
The Crown Jewels
See world-famous symbols of the British Monarchy, presented in all their twinkling glory. 23,578 gemstones make up the Crown Jewels, which are still used in royal ceremonies today. Look out for St Edward's Crown, the Sovereign's Orb and Sceptre, and the fabulous 105-carat (21.0 g) Koh-i-Noor diamond. You can also marvel at the Tower's extensive collections of royal armour through the ages, along with weapons, battle machinery and torture apparatus.
The Yeoman Warders, commonly referred to as 'Beefeaters', are popular symbols of the Tower of London, entertaining visitors on special guided tours with captivating stories of pain and passion, treachery and torture. Yeoman Warders are the ceremonial guardians of the Tower - all are retired warrant officers from the from Armed Forces with at least 22 years of service, a Long Service medal, and a Good Conduct medal. Don't miss the chance to take a free tour with one of these experts - they know the Tower inside out, and will answer any questions you may have on your visit.
The Animal Inhabitants
The Tower of London was once a home to exotic animals imported for the Royal Menagerie. Lions, tigers, bears, elephants, monkeys - and even a polar bear - were once kept at the Tower for the entertainment of the ruling elite. You can learn more about how these animals came to be at the Tower, and how they lived in the Royal Menagerie. Don't miss the chance to check out the Tower's famous ravens either. Kept under the care of the Yeoman Warders, there are meant to be at least six ravens kept at the Tower at all times, in accordance with the belief that if they are absent, the kingdom will fall.