Visiting the Tower of London: is it worth it ?

The Tower of London is one of the most popular sites to visit in this fantastic city. Not only it is one of the oldest and historic buildings in England’s capital city but also the site where the Crown Jewels are stored. The Tower of London is the heart of the city.

But with most museums being completely free in London some people doubt about visiting the tower because of its high admission price. Is it really worth it? Yes, it is.

Visiting the Tower of London is a great way to learn a lot about the history of the city. If you are interested in history and you like learning about the places you travel then it is definitely worth it. I highly suggest you give a chance to it, especially if you travelled from a great distance to visit London.

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Some History

The Tower of London is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.  It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. It was used as a prison (some of the worst tortures and executions took place here) and a royal residence. Today the Tower is protected as a World Heritage Site.

The Tower of London

Yeoman Warder Tour

You will see some guards wearing black and red uniforms wandering around the castle. These are the Yeoman Warders, responsible for looking after any prisoners in the Tower and safeguarding the British crown jewels. They offer tours around the castle daily every 30 minutes.  Of course you can skip their tour and guide yourself through the castle but I highly recommend the Yeoman Warder Tour to start your visit. Not only they have plenty of stories and information to share but also a great sense of humor. Tours leave regularly from the main entrance and are included as a part of your entry ticket.

The Tower of London

The White Tower

The white tower gives the entire castle its name. It was built as a symbol of oppression used to display power and intimidate invaders. Nowadays it houses a chapel and many exhibits including armors and swords.

The Tower of London

The Crown Jewels

The highlight of the visit is definitely seeing the crown jewels, a unique collection that is still used by the Queen in important ceremonies. Unfortunately you’re not allowed to take photos. In fact you’re not even allowed to LOOK at the jewels for more than some seconds as there are people movers which guide you through the collection. But it is impressive to see them even for some secs!

Tower of London

Take care of ravens

Legend states that if there are no ravens, the Tower and the Kingdom will fall. So the ravens are the most important members of the Tower and under Royal Decree there must always be at least 6 ravens on site.

The Walls

The inner walls of the castle were used for defense purposes centuries ago and are now one of the best attractions in the tower. They offer stunning views of London where you can neatly see the contrast between the medieval and modern city.

The Tower of LondonThe Tower of London

Info and Tips

  • Tickets costs: Adults £21.50, Children £9.70, Students £16.40. Check out the updated prices.  
  • Buy your tickets online to get a discount and avoid queues.
  • Do the Yeoman War Tour first to get an introduction of the complex.
  • Try to go there early as the latest hours tend to be the most crowded

Tower of London

Photo Credits (yeoman warder): Laura Bittner

The Tower of London

 

 



40 thoughts on “Visiting the Tower of London: is it worth it ?”

  • Wow, tickets really are expensive. Last time I was in London was 2012 and I had limited time. I just remember thinking that Tower of London was not really worth seeing since I only had 4 days. Although it looks interesting, your post reminded me why I went other places.

  • It surely is. I have heard so much about it and tehre is so much history buried down there that it is overwhelming, especially for those who love history. And you have taken great photographs too in order to make it even more alluring.

  • I visited London twice, and I really in love with this city. But shame on me 🙂 I went to many places, but I couldn’t visit the Tower of London, because the price was prohibitive while all the museums were free… But I was younger so I tried to save money hehe…Anyway I’ll follow your suggestions, and I’ll go to visit it next time in London :).

    • I love London too! Yes with all the free museums, you can avoid the Tower of London if you’re on a budget. Hope you can make it next time 🙂

  • We were the first visitors (and only tourists for about the first 30 mins) when it opened in the morning and went straight to the jewels. They hadn’t turned on the moving floors yet so we could linger (and there might have been a little drooling). And I totally agree, the tours are fantastic.

  • I’ve been to London a few times as a stopover. Never thought about this option. The tour price isn’t so bad considering how expensive the city is. And you learn history so that’s great.

    • Yes! A lot of people don’t consider visiting because there are so many museums for free but it really isn’t so pricey if you consider how great the place is

  • Wow, I did not even know about this place. I think most of the time the more popular icons of a city overshadows the great hidden destinations. I always make sure to travel and see beyond the obvious. So good of you to write about this.

    • Thanks Abhinav! The Tower of London is definitely one of its historic icons and it is really a good site to visit

  • The Tower of London is just so majestic. Isn’t it at the end of the London Bridge? There is also a small fish n chips kiosk nearby.

  • We loved visiting the tower of London and walking along the walls. We would definitely recommend it. Another tip to point out is that you can find two for one entry coupons in the newspapers or on cereal boxes.

    • Wow I didn’t know about that! It’s definitely worth the visit then. I also loved walking along the walls, the views are amazing.

  • People always complain about the price of The Tower, but like you said, it is REALLY worth it. The tours are fascinatinf and funny and there is just SO much history there. Plus the jewels are so sparkly haha

    • Yes! I know a lot of people that have been to London and didn’t go to the Tower because it was the only museum where there was an entry price! But it really is worth it

  • I remember being dragged around here when I was 10 years old and hating every single moment of it haha. I said I would never go back. My opinion has changed slightly over the last decade or so. This helps convince me to actually go back. Next time I am visiting family there I will have to check it out for sure! 🙂

    • Hahah yeah maybe it’s not the most interesting place for a 10 year old! But you should give it a second chance next time you’re in London 🙂

  • No doubt pricey but looks more than worth it. Love any of those old buildings and London towers is a place I would to visit to learn about a bit of history. Nice post.

  • There is so much to see in the tower of london. I would definitely not miss, I love these kind of historical places. And yes, if I visit here, I would take a guided tour because I really love to go through the historical places alongside understanding their past and hearing the interesting stories

    • The guided tour is specially interesting because the Yeoman Warders actually live there! They tell you a lot of stories during the tour

  • We were a bit surprised at the high price of admission for the Tower of London, but I completely agree that it’s worth it! It ended up being the highlight of our trip to London. We weren’t sure what to expect since we also visited sights like Buckingham Palace, which we thought wasn’t worth the high price. Like you, we bought our tickets for the Tower online to save a couple bucks. We actually used their free WiFi right in the ticket office to buy our tickets!

    • It’s great that you visited Carrie! A lot of my friends have been to London and don’t even know what the Tower of London is…

  • I am heading to London as we speak! Honestly for something that big I don’t think $25 pounds is too much! Maybe my boyfriend and I will check it out while we are there! It looks incredible!!

  • As you said, it is a bit pricey. We decided against visiting when in London a few months ago due to that. Instead we walked around the castle. Might have missed some of the history, but we had the opportunity to see it from the outside at least. In my opinion castles and other great buildings are usually better viewed from a distance. 🙂

    • It’s true that it is pricey and you can avoid it when you’re on a budget. But its really interesting to see the tower from inside! Of course it is also a beautiful architecture piece when viewed from a distance 🙂

  • I live in London, and I always say to all who visit here that if you only go to one place, make it the Tower of London. I haven’t been for ages – classic ‘it’s on my doorstep so I can visit any time’ syndrome – and this is making me want to fork out the money and go there again. Good write up! 🙂

    • Thank you Joe! It’s great that you tell them to visit the Tower. A lot of people I know went to London but don’t even know what the tower is!

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