The Tower of London Guide

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The Tower of London is a world famous castle and fortress and sits on the bank of the River Thames in the centre of London, attracting millions of visitors each year. Known for housing the Crown Jewels and many infamous prisoners, the Tower of London dates back over 900 years and has evolved from a royal residence to a prison to a museum. Dover is just a couple of hours away from London, with fast ferries across the Channel from Calais and Dunkirk.

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Getting there

When travelling to the south of the UK by ferry, you can take the route from Calais to Dover in just an hour and a half, from Dunkirk to Dover in two hours, or you can take the route from Dieppe to Newhaven in four hours. From both ports you can reach the centre of London easily by car. You can drive directly from Dover to Central London in under two hours via the M20. The journey from Newhaven to Central London is around a two hour drive.

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Tower of London

How to get to the Tower of London

The Tower of London is reached easily by all forms of public transport but it is worth noting there is no onsite parking at this venue. The Tower of London is located in Central London and it is easily accessible on foot or via bus, bicycle or tube. The Tower is served by the following bus routes: 15, 42, 78,100 and RV1. The nearest tube station is Tower Hill Station, a mere 5 minute walk from Tower Bridge.

Tower of London

What to see near the Tower of London

Central London is full of historical monuments and attractions and there is plenty to see and do between London Bridge and Tower Bridge where the Tower of London is situated. From here, you are within walking distance of some of the city’s most impressive landmarks including the London Eye, the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and Westminster. Take in the epic views of the city from the Shard or visit the Tate Modern for a cultural and family-fun experience.

The City of London also offers plenty of shopping opportunities and a captivating art scene. Children and adults can enjoy city tours and the delights of local markets including Borough Market, Brick Lane Market and Spitalfields Market.

A short train ride away is one of England’s most loved and iconic seaside resorts, Brighton, home to the stunning Brighton Pavilion and several traditional piers, as well as winding streets filled with unique shops and pubs.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city and it dates back to 1078 when it was built by none other than William The Conqueror. Today, the building is a World Heritage Site but it was better known for being a prison. Sir Walter Raleigh and Guy Fawkes were just two of the castle’s infamous prisoners.

Among the main attractions are the Royal Mint, Jewel House, White Tower and Tower Green. Containing everything from one of the most flawless diamonds in the world to prisoner graffiti, there is more than enough to pique your interest. Don’t miss out on the captivating wall walks and take a moment to marvel at the chapels.

Opening and Closing Times

  • Summer - Tues-Sat, 9am-5:30pm; Sun & Mon, 10am-5:30pm (Last admission, 5pm)
  • Winter - Tues-Sat, 9am-4:30pm; Sun & Mon, 10am-4:30pm (Last admission, 4pm)

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