Guided tour

Tower of London: Early Access Tour with Opening Ceremony

4.9 / 5

97 reviews

Activity provider: Walks - UK

Tower of London: Early Access Tour with Opening Ceremony

Activity provider: Walks - UK
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From US$ 89.29 per person

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See the Crown Jewels without the crowds and take a fully guided tour on this VIP visit to the Tower of London. Skip the line and enjoy early entrance. Watch the famous Opening Ceremony and be among the first into the Jewel House to see the Crown Jewels

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Duration 165 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Be the first group to see the Crown Jewels without any crowds
  • Witness one of the oldest military ceremonies in the world
  • Take a fully guided tour of the Tower highlights
  • See the White Tower, the Bloody Tower, and the Torture Chamber
Full description

Enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of the Tour of London with convenient, skip-the-line access. Marvel at the Crown Jewels, see the execution block, and visit the restored bedroom of Edward I.

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 your 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 as you visit each room.

Includes
  • Opening ceremony
  • First entrance to the Crown Jewels
  • Full Tower of London tour with an expert guide in a group of 20 or fewer
  • Hotel pick-up / drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

This tour meets in front of the Tower of London shop, opposite the entrance to the Tower of London, 40 Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6DU, UK

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately, guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs, or strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour
  • Please note that for security reasons, bag searches will take place
  • The tour will have a group size of 20 or fewer
  • The tour partner complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to London government guidelines for the most up-to-date information
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 97 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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Too bad there is no visit with a French speaking guide. Because the guide we followed only spoke English, too bad because he had a lot of knowledge in history. In short, we did not understand everything... On the other hand, the great hour because we were able to see the Queen's jewels in peace.

June 10, 2022

Good getting in early to see the jewels. No lines and the opening ceremony was fun but not anything special. They unlock the doors and you get to watch. But early arrival on a busy tourist place was great! Didn’t realize this was a walking tour of over 3 hours. No instructions on meeting. Where was clear but not who. A flag would have been nice as we were all anxious at 8:23 when we had no tour guide. When she finally arrived things seemed a bit confusing and disjointed as did much of the tour. Her knowledge was good and humorous. Most folks seemed to enjoy the tour. I found it dragged and after about an hour I took off on my own. So can’t really give a full review. I saw the tour later and all were still there and seemed engaged. I’m just not a tour type unless the person is riveting and filled with history o can’t get myself from reading the signs. Not sure it was worth $70 since most tourists didn’t arrive until 10’or so but on a very busy day it was great getting there early!

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June 6, 2022

The tour guide was waiting outside the Shop, as indicated in the instructions. She was friendly and informative. It was great being the first group allowed into the grounds. The ceremony was awesome. Our Beefeater was great, informative and funny. We went into most buildings in the grounds and heard great stories from our guide. This tour was one of the best experiences during my visit to London.

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May 7, 2022

Product ID: 200482