The Tower Bridge at night – © FotoliaCC Image courtesy of The Tower Bridge Exhibition by James Petts

The Tower Bridge Exhibition

Come and see The Tower of London in all its magnificent glory. Take in rich, dramatic stories and imagine yourself as a character in grand English chronicles. Learn of life in another era, in times of beheadings, sieges and scandal!

You’ll find the Tower of London positioned adjacent to the River Thames in Tower Hill, of the Tower Hamlets District, near the HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and London Bridge. In a time before skyscrapers, this well-planned layout must have been an intimidating sight for thieves and siege accomplices, and a source of power and assurance for law abiding locals. Founded in 1066 by the Normans and expanded in 1078 (by William the Conquer), it has been merged, molded and managed, all with a view to fulfill various governing authority needs of each time.

As it was once a royal residence, it is only fitting to see the Royal Guard protected Crown Jewels. Located in The Jewel House via Waterloo Block, walk a red carpet upon entry, where you’ll find twists and turns of high-security treasures. See stately royal insignia, crowns and celebrated symbols of power such as St. Edwards Crown, the Holy Anointing Spoons and decadent banquet plates, sceptres and robes. The Crown Jewels mark 800 years of monarch rule, but not without great effort after great loss. When King Charles II returned from exile in France, new jewels were crafted after being “lost” (or stolen), and they were maintained in good keeping until 1669, when Irish-born Colonel Thomas Blood attempted to steal them. But, rather than beheading, a punishment popular at the time — in fact he was pardoned and awarded Irish land (valued at £500 a year).

The White Tower will no doubt demand your attention as you exit The Jewel House, but did you know it was once of humble timber beginnings? It took a decade to build to its form today and was sanctioned by William the Conquerer. Before you walk up its 206 steps within, take a detour to the lower basement to find the united kingdoms oldest musesum; The Royal Armouries. Home to about 75,000 war, defence and battle items gathered over centuries, it’s the stuff that movies are made of!

It wouldn’t be a proper visit without witnessing the 14th Century-born Ceremony of the Keys, an animated age-old tradition by Yeoman (Beefeater) Warders. At precisely 9:53pm each night, the Chief Yeoman meets a Military Escort (a member of the Tower of London Guard), and together they secure the gates of The Tower. This is followed by a dialogue of challenge by the Sentry and confirmation from the Guard.

Free Tickets to watch are available to the public each night, but be sure to book ahead!






Look out for...

  • Glass Walkway
  • The Victorian Engine Rooms
  • East Walkway


Did You Know?

  • When London Bridge was built it was originally the only crossing over the Thames
  • Over 50 designs were submitted to be considered for the winning design
  • The build of the bridge took 8 years to build with 432 construction workers
  • Before 1977 the bridge was brown until it was painted red, white and blue to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee
  • A London bus driver once had to jump between the two raising ‘bascules’ when his number 78 bus was caught on the bridge as it rose


Museum Video


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

Address

  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • Tower Bridge Road
  • Tower Hamlets
  • London
  • SE1 2UP

Directions

  • TFL Zone

    Zone 1

  • National Rail

    • Fenchurch Street
    • London Bridge

    Underground

    • London Bridge
    • Tower Hill

    DLR

    • Tower Gateway

    Bus Numbers

  • 42, 78, RV1, 343

Admission

Adult £9.00
Child £3.90
Concession £6.30
Student £6.30
Family £22.50
Admission discounts
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

Contact Details

Phone +44 (0) 20 7403 3761
Email
Website The Tower Bridge Exhibition
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