Tower of London

Price guide: Expensive

Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB

Price guide: Expensive

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#15 of 30
expert-rated things to do in London
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Design and architecture, Education, Great views / scenery, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Tower of London

Tour a royal palace that's been at the heart of British history for over 900 years.

There's no escaping the fact that a visit to the Tower of London is an expensive, crowded and very touristy experience - but this huge castle and royal palace has plenty to offer us and is particularly popular with families. Children love its mighty ramparts, jovial uniformed 'Beefeaters', haughty ravens and displays of glittering jewels and awesome armour. You could easily spend the best part of a day here, but the key attractions to concentrate on are the satisfyingly dazzling Crown Jewels and the Royal Armouries displays in the White Tower. These are spread over three levels and present a thought-provoking array of weapons, armour and instruments of torture. When you visit the Tower, pomp and suffering get served up in equal measures.

Price advice: 

Tickets at the door costs £19.80 adults, £10.45 children under 16, £17.05 concessions - including a voluntary donation towards roof repairs. If you book online you can save a few pounds, while a family ticket (£47 online) is valid for two adults and (if you are brave enough) six children. Audioguides (£4, concessions £3) are a wise investment as they bring privacy and you can listen to them while in a queue.

Expert tips: 
To beat the queues go early and visit the Crown Jewels first.
Travel light and be prepared to climb an awful lot of steps.

More information on Tower of London:

Price guide:
Castle / palace, Historic site, Museum
Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB
0844 482 7777
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tue-Sat 9am-5.30pm,Sun-Mon 10am-4.30pm

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