Tower of London

Legend says the kingdom will fall if the ravens who live at the Tower of London decide to pack up and leave.

Turns out their wings are clipped to avoid that disaster, though apparently one enterprising birdie called Grog made it all the way to an East End pub in 1981. Hey, when you’re thirsty…Crown jewels, a history of gory beheadings, and beefeater guards – what’s not to love about this touristy but totally entertaining British icon?

Best things to see at Tower of London

Included in an admission ticket to the Tower of London is access to all of the Tower of London’s exhibitions and many guided tours. Head on a Yeoman Warder tour and hear stories of the beefeater guards at Westminster. Learn about the different towers and go through the history of its prisoners. Make sure to leave time for the Crown Jewel exhibit and stare in awe at the over 20,000 gemstones embedded in these symbols of royalty.

Tower of London directions and parking

Best way to get to the Tower of London

If taking the underground, get off at Tower Hill station, which is a five-minute walk, and accessible by the District and Circle lines. If you’d prefer to hop on a bus, try routes 15, 42, 78, 100, or RV1.

Best parking near the Tower of London

There is no parking at the Tower of London and limited parking nearby. Your best bet is Tower Hill Coach and Car Park on Lower Thames Street, which have an hourly fee. There is disabled parking available.

Tower of London FAQs

Can I bike to the Tower of London?

Yes! There are bicycle racks behind the Tower of London shop or at Sargeant’s Mess restaurant. Alternatively, try the Tower Hill Coach and Cark Park — they have free bicycle racks!

Can I show the ticket on my phone?

No. The Tower of London requires that all pre-booked digital tickets be printed out.

Can I get some cool selfies at the Tower of London?

Yes and no. Selfie sticks (and tripods) are prohibited inside the Tower, but you can certainly take normal photos so long as the flash is off. If you’re dying to get that vacation selfie, just do it outside.