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London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

1. London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

Take a tour of the timeless Tower of London – part of British history since the 11th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1086 by William the Conqueror.  Discover London’s castle – a secure fortress, royal palace, and infamous prison. Spot the ravens that live on the premises and find out why they are known as the guardians of the Tower. Stroll across Tower Green to see where many executions took place, including those of 2 of Henry VIII's wives. You will also have access to the inside of the tower. Prepare to be dazzled by the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. These priceless symbols of the British Monarchy compose the greatest working collection of crown jewels in the world. Pore over the 23,578 gems, including the glistening Imperial State Crown - this piece alone has 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies. Gain valuable insights into the Towers History from some of its most famous residents, The Yeoman Body. Whilst Tours may be currently unavailable, the Yeoman Warders will be on hand to provide fascinating stories of the Tower through the ages.

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Tower of London and Tower Bridge VIP Early-Access Tour

2. Tower of London and Tower Bridge VIP Early-Access Tour

Feel like a VIP on an exclusive, early access tour of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge in central London. Meet your guide at Tower Hill Underground Station. Then, skip the lines to London’s most historic royal palace at the Tower of London. Watch the official opening ceremony by the Yeoman Warders. Go inside to look at the Crown Jewels without the crowds. Then, walk over to Tower Bridge and skip-the-lines to the Tower Bridge Experience. Learn the history of London’s most famous bridge, and enjoy panoramic views down the River Thames. Look inside the Victorian Engine Rooms to see the coal-driven engines that used to power the opening of the bridge. See exhibits that explain the workings and history of Tower Bridge for a more immersive experience.

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London: Crown Jewels Tour with River Cruise

3. London: Crown Jewels Tour with River Cruise

Discover 2 of London's most iconic sites with tours of St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. Step back in time as your guide leads you through centuries of history; from the Tudor period to the Great Fire of London, right up until the present day. Crowned by the magnificent dome iconic of the London skyline, Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt St. Paul's Cathedral in the English Baroque style after the Great Fire of London. Since then it has served as the location of many grand royal events, including the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. The Tower of London was founded in 1078 by William the Conqueror after seizing the English crown, and was seen as a symbol of repression for some time. Since then it has been a Royal Palace, armory, prison, and execution site. The traditionally-attired Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with insightful tales of its past before the tour progresses to the Crown Jewels. Here you'll see the incredible Imperial State Crown, the enormous Cullinan diamonds, and the extraordinary Koh-i-Noor. You have the choice to take the River Cruise and end your tour at Westminster Pier, or take the cruise on another day and go with your guide back to the Tower of London. River Cruise Tickets are one-way from Tower Pier to Westminster Pier (or vice versa).

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London: Westminster Walking Tour & The Tower of London Entry

4. London: Westminster Walking Tour & The Tower of London Entry

Start with a walking tour of the Westminster area, where your tour guide will escort you to 20 different historical and cultural sights. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, admiring the well-manicured trees and flowers along the way. At the palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Afterward, see 17 other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Then, step into the Tower of London, where there is an abundance of history, stories, and ghosts to be found. Marvel at the Crown Jewels and other fascinating historical artifacts including the suits of armor worn by the Kings of England. See the cells where prisoners were once kept. Journey back in time and take an exciting trip into England's past.

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London: Private Tour of the Tower of London

5. London: Private Tour of the Tower of London

Discover the Tower of London with a local on this private tour. Stroll along the outer walls to see the Traitor’s Gate and Tower Hill. Walk in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn and admire Henry VIII's armor. Meet your guide at the Welcome Center in the Tower of London. Start by viewing the sites on the outside of the tower. Find out how Traitor's Gate got its name. Go to Tower Hill to see where public executions of high status prisoners took place. Snap pictures of the red-uniformed Beefeaters standing guard. Uncover the many purposes the Tower of London has served such as a zoo, mint, armory, and observatory. Pass by displays of Britain’s most treasured royal artefacts. Visit William the Conqueror’s White Tower. Say hello to the resident ravens and find out why they are known as guardians of the tower.

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Tower of London: Early Access Tour with Opening Ceremony

6. Tower of London: Early Access Tour with Opening Ceremony

Start the tour with skip-the-line, early entrance into the Tower. Stand inside the Traitor's Gate with a small group of visitors and watch the ancient military ceremony that officially opens the tower every day. After a quick introduction from the Yeoman Warders who guard the palace, stroll straight into the Jewel House and be among the first people to see the Crown Jewels. There are no crowds, so after you guide tells you what to look out for, you can take your time and soak in one of the most dazzling collections of riches in the world. Then take a full tour around the Tower of London. Start with the site where many royal heads were removed on the old execution block and learn the poignant stories behind the deaths of people like Anne Boleyn and Sir Walter Raleigh. Head up to the Bloody Tower to see where Sir Walter spent 13 years of his life and down into the basements where enemies of the crown were tortured in a dungeon that contains examples of actual medieval torture devices. After a walk along the walls, which includes a peek inside the restored bedroom of Edward I (a must for medieval history enthusiasts), meet the Tower’s resident ravens and get an archers' eye view out over the old moat. Step into the castle keep, or White Tower, for a full tour of a wonderfully-preserved Norman castle. See swords, armor, and royal regalia so as you visit each room.

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Full-Day Total London Tour & Flight on the London Eye

7. Full-Day Total London Tour & Flight on the London Eye

Taking in some of London’s most famous sights along the way, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The morning part of the tour begins with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, where you enter as their doors open. You can hear the 17th-century organ that Mendelssohn once played, see medieval relics in the crypt below, and visit the tombs of famous historical figures. On Sundays, when viewing is restricted, you can enter the cathedral for one of the services. After leaving St. Paul’s Cathedral the tour heads to Buckingham Palace, the London residence of the Queen, to watch the changing of the guard. Please note that if the changing of the guard is not taking place you’ll still go to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop. In the afternoon the tour continues with a visit to the Tower of London built in 1066 by William the Conqueror, your guide will regale you with fascinating insights into the history of this Royal Palace and fortress. Ample time will be given to view the Crown Jewels and the White Tower and to wander around this imposing fortress.  Now you will enjoy a guided private boat trip on the River Thames and admire excellent views of Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, London Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe from the river.  The spectacular finish to the day’s tour is a flight on the London Eye! What an amazing day!

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London: Walking Tour with Thames Boat Ride, Tower of London

8. London: Walking Tour with Thames Boat Ride, Tower of London

Discover the best of London on this walking trip and cruise in one. See inside the Tower of London, before enjoying a trip down the River Thames on a boat tour with your guide, and then explore the city of Westminster, learning the city’s royal history. Start your tour outside the Tower of London. From crowns to confessions, the Tower of London has been keeping a watchful eye over the city and the river since its founding in 1079. Meet your guide who will give you the highlights of the fortress before you go inside to discover it on your own. Rejoin your guide for a relaxing cruise on the River Thames with your group as you hear the stories of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Romans, and the impact this river has had on the lives of Londoners since its banks were first settled. Afterward, take a walking tour of the iconic landmarks that dot the streets of Westminster. See Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, all paired with incredible stories, anecdotes, and history gems shared by an expert guide.

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Magic of London Tour with Afternoon Tea at Harrods

9. Magic of London Tour with Afternoon Tea at Harrods

Take a full-day tour of London’s most iconic sights on this 9-hour panoramic guided tour. You will soon be on your way, enjoying the city in all its glory as you drive past some of London's most famous landmarks. Visit St Paul’s Cathedral exploring the masterpiece designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1673, taking time to listen to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington.  Continue to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guards, as one of the Queen's Foot Guard Household Regiment march from St. James Palace to Buckingham Palace to military music, dressed in their famous tunics and busbies. If the Changing of the Guard is not taking place, you will still stop at Buckingham Palace for photos. Next you will visit the historic Tower of London where you'll gain fascinating insights into the history of this Royal Palace and fortress. Ample time will be given to view the Crown Jewels and the White Tower and to wander around this imposing fortress. Then enjoy a private River Thames cruise and see top attractions such as Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. To round off the day, enjoy a delicious cream tea at The Georgian Restaurant at Harrods. Your cream tea includes home-baked English scones served with clotted cream and preserves, choice of tea from Harrods own tea gardens plus a glass of sparkling wine. The tour ends here leaving you the rest of the afternoon to explore the world’s most famous department store.

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London in a Day: Tower, Westminster & Changing of the Guard

10. London in a Day: Tower, Westminster & Changing of the Guard

Your day begins in Westminster Abbey. Take advantage of pre-reserved tickets to visit England’s most hallowed church, marveling at the tombs of national heroes, religious and royal relics, and of course, hundreds of years of royal weddings, coronations and funerals. Witness the changing of of the Queen’s Life Guard, an elite cavalry regiment, mounted on exquisitely-bred, and specially-trained horses. As you watch the guards go through the ceremony, your guide will explain the significance of everything from the armor they wear to the colors on their uniforms. Then explore Trafalgar Square, the geographic center of London and one of the city’s most iconic public spaces. Your last stop, the Tower of London, is also the most impressive. Benefit from pre-reserved tickets and immerse yourself in 1,000 years of bloody royal feuds, improbable jailbreaks, jewel heists, menacing ravens and even a ghost or two. Discover hair-raising stories of this royal stronghold, jail, zoo and occasional execution block, including the mystery of two lost boys that will send shivers down your spine. As a final treat, pause to marvel at the Crown Jewels inside the Jewel House at the Tower). These aren’t just the largest collection of coronation regalia in the world, they are also the only ones in Europe that are still in use by a Royal family.

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What people are saying about Crown Jewels

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6,245 reviews

We had a great morning at the Tower and would recommend this to anyone visiting London. So much to see, and definitely take the tour into the Chapel, very entertaining!

Our guide Deborah was amazing... really enjoyed the visit to St. Paul's Cathedral the most...

Really interesting, lots to see, staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

Full of great information and delivered by an excellent guide/beefeater.

Wonderful place to visit and beautiful Christmas decorations