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Tower of London After Hours Guided Tour & Ceremony of the Keys

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Explore the Tower after dark with a Beefeater guide, and be one of the privileged few to witness the Ceremony of the Keys, a 700-year-old tradition.

Highlights

  • This 1.5-hour small-group after-hours guided tour of the Tower of London gives you exclusive access to see the Ceremony of the Keys.

  • Your guide is a Yeoman Warder, a practice dating back to the 1400s. These former soldiers now live inside the Tower, ready to share its secrets.

  • Your Warder will bring the Tower's past alive, from royal residence to infamous prison, and take you through the dreaded Traitor's Gate.

  • In the Ceremony of Keys, you’ll get to see as the Chief Warder locks the Tower and exchanges a challenge with a sentry.

  • Fun Fact: In 700 years, the Ceremony of Keys has only been interrupted once when a World War 2 bomb knocked the Warders off their feet.

Inclusions

  • 1.5-hour VIP walking tour of Tower of London grounds

  • English-speaking Yeoman Warder guide

  • Small group of up to 20 guests

  • Ceremony of the Keys

  • After-hours entry to Tower of London grounds

Exclusions

  • Access inside Tower of London buildings

  • Access to Crown Jewels

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Step into the darkness of London’s history

As twilight sets upon London, explore the Tower of London after dark with a guide who knows it best. Descend towards the Traitor's Gate, a passage that prisoners crossed when they arrived by the Thames. Stepping into the Tower grounds, you'll enter the Execution Square. From here, gaze upon the White Tower, the central structure that gives the Tower its name. Stand outside the Bloody Tower, notorious for its association with imprisonment and executions. Delve into the stories behind the Tower's history, including Anne Boleyn's beheading and the disappearance of the 2 princes. Perhaps you'll feel a lingering chill that whispers of their restless ghosts.

See a 700-year-old tradition

Your guide will lead you past the Church of St Peter ad Vincula. This beautiful structure, built in the early 16th century, boasts a Gothic facade and a tranquil cemetery. It's a place of solace amidst the Tower's often-grim history. The highlight of your evening is the Ceremony of the Keys. This nightly ritual, dating back to the 14th century, symbolizes the locking of the Tower of London. Witness the Chief Yeoman Warder, dressed in his traditional red and gold uniform, carrying a flickering lantern and the King's Keys. Watch as he meticulously secures the gates, accompanied by a small escort of soldiers. The ceremony concludes with a haunting bugle call, a poignant reminder of the Tower's long and storied history.

What to bring

  • Have your ID ready for a seamless experience.

  • Pack a warm coat and a raincoat for a weather-ready kit; who knows when the skies might decide to be moody?

What's not allowed

  • Keep your camera tucked away during the Ceremony of the Keys – photography is strictly not allowed.

  • Nobody likes a crowd. A single group has a maximum of 20 people.

  • Dress code: Flats or wedges are the perfect footwear for exploring the Tower's historic cobbled walkways. High heels are not recommended.

Accessibility

  • This experience is not accessible by wheelchair and pram/strollers.

  • Choose safety and comfort: This experience is not the best fit for mobility issues.

Additional Information

  • While every effort is made to ensure access to all areas, some parts of the Tower may be occasionally closed. Guests will be informed beforehand if any adjustments are needed to the tour route.

  • Please note that the Crown Jewels and access inside buildings are not included in this tour.

  • To help ensure everyone's safety, please include the full names of everyone joining you on the tour when you book.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 mins before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

Meeting point

  • Meet your guide at 35 Tower Hill.

  • Address: 35 Tower Hill, London EC3N 4DR, UK.

  • Guide Identifier: Meet your guide at the West Gate entrance. Walk past the Welcome Center until you see two large black gates in front of the gift shop. Your guide will be holding a green Walks sign.

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