The Jewel Tower

The Jewel Tower

Tucked away between the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, the Jewel Tower is an easily overlooked but precious fragment of English history.

It was built in 1365 as the 'Jewel House' to safeguard Edward III's silver plate and world treasures. It's the sole survivor of the 'Privy Palace', the private royal apartments within the great mediaeval Palace of Westminster. It's also the only part of the palace complex which survived the disastrous fire of 1834 and is regularly open to the public.

Displaying finely carved mediaeval vaulted roofs, it's 14th-century architecture remains largely on altered, and you can still see the excavated remains of its original moat. It later became a royal Tudor lumber room, whose contents include dolls discarded by Henry VIII daughters. Subsequently it housed the House of Lords records and then the National Weights and Measures Office, determining the value of weights and measures for Britain and its empire.

You can explore the towers history in changing roles over the centuries across three floors of recently installed displays. Features include model of the last mediaeval Palace of Westminster, replicas of precious objects, and room settings helping you experience the lives of a mediaeval treasury official and an 18th-century clerk.

Museum Facilities

  • Cafe

  • Restaurant

  • Shop

  • Audio Guide

  • Tour Guide

  • Photography

  • Wheelchair Access

  • WiFi

  • Venue Hire

  • Available

  • Not allowed

  • Unconfirmed

  • Prior permission required.

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London Area: Central


  • Jewel Tower
  • Abingdon St
  • Westminster
  • London
  • SW1P 3JX


  • TFL Zone

    Zone 1

  • Underground

    • St. James's Park
    • Westminster

    Bus Numbers

  • 799, 148, 211, 88, 11, 24, 148, 211, 784


Adult £5.20
Child £3.10
Concession £4.70
Family £13.50
Admission discounts
English Heritage FREE entry
London Pass FREE entry
Open Hours
Monday 10:00am 18:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am 18:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am 18:00pm
Thursday 10:00am 18:00pm
Friday 10:00am 18:00pm
Saturday 10:00am 18:00pm
Sunday 10:00am 18:00pm
Bank Holidays 10:00am 18:00pm
Last entry 30 minutes before closing.

Contact Details

Phone 020 7222 2219
Website The Jewel Tower
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