Tower of London & St Paul's Cathedral Guided Tour with Thames Cruise
Visit the Tower of London - a grim, but imposing fortress of royal bearing which is rich with history and bloody tales, as well as, the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral, a symbol of pride and resilience which has stood tall for more than 300 years. Also, hop aboard a cruise on the River Thames and pass through picturesque villages and market towns that make up London!
- Visit the iconic Tower of London, and go on a guided tour of this celebrated World Heritage Site which was once a royal residence, armory, treasury, and a prison where many nobles met their deaths.
- Go on a tour with the Yeoman Warders who call themselves Beefeaters and hear them recite tales of blood and dispute. Discover the priceless Crown Jewels, learn the legend of the Tower’s ravens and much more!
- Discover Christopher Wren’s masterpiece - St. Paul’s Cathedral, a religious center and architectural gem with its Neoclassical, Gothic, and Baroque elements.
- Float down England’s longest river, Thames and set sail on a journey through centuries of liquid history.
The Tower of London: A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Arguably, one of the most famous buildings in Britain's history, the Tower of London is a historic landmark that was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988. Founded in 1066 by William the Conqueror, the tower has been an important symbol of the British monarchy. It was previously home to the Royal Mint, and has served many a purpose, some of them being a treasury, armory, prison, and zoo. On this tour, you will see the Line of Kings Exhibition, with its stunning displays featuring the figures of kings, royal armor and arms. The White Tower is known for its impeccable ability to keep invaders at bay and makes for an awe-inspiring sight. See the most famous diamond in the world, The Great Star of Africa, housed in the Jewel House alongside the precious Crown Jewels. Don't miss out on exploring the Tower of London with the Yeoman Warders (or the Beefeaters as they are popularly known) who will regale you with exciting stories through the ages.
Explore St. Paul's Cathedral
Visit St. Paul's Cathedral, an icon in London and one of the city's primary spiritual centers. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the late 17th century, the Cathedral is one of the world's best-loved and most beautiful buildings. St. Paul's Cathedral stands tall dominating the city of London. Timeless and majestic, it is a symbol of serenity amidst a fast-paced life and concrete structures. Don't miss out on Sir Wren's crowning glory, the lofty Dome of St.Paul's, inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Although, nothing beats the experience of taking the winding spiral staircase to the Whispering Gallery where your voice carries over to the other side, as well as stepping into the Stone and Golden Galleries that offer unparalleled panoramic views of the city. To this day, the Cathedral remains a busy church, where millions of people have visited and worshipped.
Aboard the River Thames Cruise
At 215 miles, stretching from Cotswold Hills to the North Sea, the Thames is England’s most significant if not the longest river and has had more than its share of epochal events. The Thames meanders its way through beautiful countryside reaches and historic settlements allowing you to gather a new perspective. After your tour of the Tower of London, ditch dry land and hop aboard the one way river cruise of the Thames from Tower Pier to Westminster Pier. Running through the middle of the city, River Thames is the perfect vantage point for soaking in some of London’s iconic sights.
Current Events at Tower of London
Tower of London – Knight School 2020
From 15-23 February, visitors to the Tower of London can become Knights of the realm at Knight School. The year is 1471 and the War of the Roses rages on. The Tower of London needs protecting, will you help defend it? Dress as Knights and learn the art of the sword, how to handle amour and even design your own flag! All activities will be included in admission to the Tower of London. Open 9am-4.30pm, last admission 4.00pm (Tuesday-Saturday) and 10am-4.30pm, last admission 4.00pm (Sunday- Monday)
- English Speaking Guide
- Entrance to the Tower of London
- Entrance to St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Thames River Cruise
- Personal Audio Headset enabled with VOX technology
- Free Wifi
- Hotel pick off/drop off service
Know Before You Go
- The tour begins at 1:00 PM from The Original London Visitor Centre. Boarding commences at 12:45 PM so kindly arrive well before your scheduled time.
- The tour finishes at 5:30 PM at Westminster Pier. If you wish to spend longer at the Tower of London you are welcome to use your cruise ticket on another day before the 31 March 2020)
Tower of London
- We recommend that you allow 2-3 hours for your visit to the Tower.
- All internal buildings close 30 minutes after the last admission.
- The Tower is only closed on 24-26 December (inclusive) and 1 January.
- The last Yeoman Warder tour starts at 2:30 PM (winter), 3:30 PM (summer).
- 4th / 5th October – last admission is at 2:00 PM.
Timings and Availability
Tours at The Tower of London take place every 30 minutes. The first tour begins at 10:00 AM (Tuesday to Saturday), and 10:30 AM (Sunday and Monday).
The last tour of the day begins at 3:30 PM in the summer and 2:30 PM in the winter.
1st March - 31st October
- Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM.
- Sunday - Monday: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM.
Last entry is at 5:00 PM.
1st November - 28th February
- Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.
- Sunday - Monday: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM.
Last entry is at 4:00 PM.
You can enter the Tower of London at any time within operating hours. We recommend visiting early so as to avoid long queues or large crowds.
The Tower of London is easily accessible by public transport.
By the London Underground: The nearest Tube stations are Tower Hill (2 minutes away), Aldgate (8 minutes away) and Monument (9 minutes away).
By the Railway Station: The Tower of London is 4 minutes away from Fenchurch Street Railway Station and 12 minutes away from Cannon Street Railway Station.
By Bus: You can reach the Tower of London by traveling on the following bus numbers: 15, 42, 78, 100 and RV1.
By Car: If you’re traveling to the Tower of London by car, you can leave it at Lower Thames Street Car Park, which is only a 2-minute walk from the Tower.
St. Paul's Cathedral
- Please note that the cathedral is not open for sightseeing on Sundays. On those days, you can spend a longer time at the Tower of London.
- The Golden Gallery may be closed on occasions for refurbishment.
From Monday to Saturday, the cathedral opens for sightseeing at 8:30 AM.
Last admission to the cathedral is at 4:00 PM.
Once you are inside the cathedral, access to the Whispering, Stone and Golden Galleries is from 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM.
The cathedral closes for sightseeing at 4:30 PM. The café, restaurant and shop close at 5:00 PM.
- July 3rd: Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 13.30
- July 10th: Last admission for sightseeing 15.00. Last admission to galleries 15.15. Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 16.00
- July 12th: Cathedral opens 10.30
- July 22nd: Cathedral opens 10.15. Galleries open 10.30
- August: No closures at present
- September 25th: Cathedral opens 10.15. Galleries open 10.30
St. Paul's Cathedral is located at St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD. It is easily accessible by most means of public transport.
By Tube: The closest station is St. Paul's station, which is a 2-minute walk from St. Paul's Cathedral.
By Train: City Thameslink station is closest to St. Paul's Cathedral, and is a 3-minute walk away.
By Bus: Bus routes 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100 and 242 all lead to St. Paul's Cathedral.
Please note that on-street parking close to the cathedral is very restricted, especially during peak hours.
St. Paul's Cathedral provides facilities for those who have visual, auditory and mobility impairments, including a ramp and elevator.
Thames River Cruise
- All boats ply between a 30 and 40-minute frequency.
- Boats run every day of the year apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day
- Service will run in all weather conditions apart from extreme fog.
- All seating is based on a first come, first serve basis.
Timings and Availability
The sightseeing cruise runs between 10 AM to 8 PM.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
- Your Tower of London & St Paul's Cathedral Guided Tour with Thames Cruise ticket will be emailed to your phone shortly.
- Please display the ticket on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the time of redemption.
- Kindly ensure you arrive 20 minutes in advance in order to avoid delays.
Ticket Redemption Point
- The ticket redemption point is - The Original London Visitor Centre
- To locate the meeting point on Google Maps, simply search for - The Original London Visitor Centre.