Visit one of London’s most famous landmarks - the unnerving Tower of London
Explore the White Tower, the oldest part of the Tower of London
Learn and discover the Tower’s history
Come up close to the astounding Crown Jewels
The Gunpowder Plot is a thrilling new immersive experience produced by multi award-winning Layered Reality™ and Historic Royal Palaces and opens in May 2022.
Layered Reality™ experiences combine the latest digital tech together with live theatre plus real physical sensations to create an unique immersive experience that is truly memorable.
1st March to 30th October Open Daily
Mondays and Sundays: 10.00-16.30.
Tuesday - Saturday: 09.00-16.30.
Last admission: 15.30.
24th - 26th December & 1st January (Closed)
Days Of Operation: Wednesday to Sundays
Venue location: 8-12 Tower Hill Terrace, London EC3N 4EE
Tickets are non-refundable. You can change your tickets for another date or time up to 48 hours before travel by paying a £8 exchange fee per ticket.
The ancient stones reverberate with dark secrets, priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and ravens strut the grounds. The Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7, is one of the world’s most famous fortresses yet despite its grim reputation as a place of torture and death, there are so many more stories to be told.
The Crown Jewels
The Crown Jewels have been stored and displayed at the Tower of London since 1661, continuing a long tradition of storing precious objects here. Explore the importance of the Crown Jewels to the British monarchy, the role of the Tower in protecting these treasures and the long and fascinating tradition of coronations in England. The priceless collection holds some of the most legendary and extraordinary diamonds in the world. The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London are a unique working collection of royal regalia and are still regularly used by the Royal Family in important national ceremonies, such as the State opening of Parliament.
The White Tower
A castle built to strike fear and submission into the unruly citizens of London and deter foreign invaders - today you cannot miss the iconic White Tower, a symbol of London and Britain, overlooking the River Thames. Inside you'll find the world’s oldest visitor attraction, The Line of Kings. A line of wooden horses, their garish colours and wild expressions somewhat incongruous in amongst the majestic suits of armour, this is the surviving remnant of one of the oldest - and oddest - collections at the Tower. From murky beginnings as the Horse Armoury it's part propaganda, part fantasy, and the longest running visitor attraction in the world.
For 600 years, wild and exotic creatures were held captive here for Kings and Queens. See sculptures of the lions, baboons, an elephant and even a polar bear. Discover how they came to be at the Tower and what became of them in a fascinating exhibit in the Brick Tower. Hear the amazing tales of how the animals were fed, watered and housed as well as various unfortunate incidents when the public got a little too close!
The Tower's Mint For over 500 years, the Mint made the majority of the country’s coins. Explore the vast history of the Mint, learn about Isaac Newton's efforts to rid London of counterfeiters when he was Warden of the Mint, find out what Edward I's harsh punishments were for people who tampered with his coins, Elizabeth I's restoration of the coinage following her father Henry VIII’s disastrous meddling, and Charles II's rejection of Commonwealth money.
Share the secrets of one thousand years of royal gossip and intrigue with a Beefeater, or to give them their proper title ‘Yeoman Warder'. This body of men and women has guarded the fortress for centuries. Take one of their tours and you'll be amazed (and possibly appalled) by tales that have been passed down for generations. Pain and passion, treachery and torture, all delivered with their inimitable style!
This is just a taster, there is much more in the Medieval Palace, Bloody Tower, on Tower Green see the ravens and walk along the ancient walls.
The Gunpowder Plot
The Gunpowder Plot is an explosive immersive experience with surprises around every turn. Your feature length adventure lasts around 1hour 40mins, including a 20 minute interval where you will be able to enjoy refreshments in the specially recreated Duck and Drake, accessible only to plotters. As you descend into the vaults, you will experience a groundbreaking combination of live action, virtual reality, and cutting edge technology including motion simulators, physical sensations and stunning special effects.
Image credit Mark Dawson Photography