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London: Tower of London Tour & Thames River Cruise

Activity provider: Walks - UK

London: Tower of London Tour & Thames River Cruise

Activity provider: Walks - UK

From US$ 101.28 per person

See the famous opening ceremony and view the Crown Jewels before the crowds. Then enjoy a full tour of the Tower with an expert guide and get access to a 24-hour hop-on hop-off river cruise ticket.

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Duration 165 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Get early access to the Tower of London’s Jewel House
  • Watch the Opening Ceremony, a celebrated military ritual
  • Enjoy an expertly guided tour of the Tower of London
  • Marvel at the Crown Jewels in peace and quiet
  • Continue your adventure on a sightseeing river cruise
Full description

Enter into the legendary Tower of London with an early access ticket and guided tour. Witness the Crown Jewels before the crowds, learn about the history of the Bloody Tower and the Torture Chambers, explore the White Tower medieval castle, and enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the Thames.

Skip the line for VIP entrance into the Tower of London. Once inside you’ll watch the Opening Ceremony, a notable military ritual that officially opens the famous historical edifice. Following a brief overview from the Yeoman Warders – the tower guardians – you’ll be among the first people of the day to walk into the Jewel House to experience the Crown Jewels without the crowds that come later in the day. Next, your expert guide will lead you on a complete tour of the Tower of London, beginning with the Execution Site, on Tower Green, where many a noble lost their head. As you make your way from there to the Bloody Tower (where Sir Walter Raleigh was imprisoned for 13 years) and then to the Torture Chambers, you will get a firm sense of English history in all its gruesome forms. Walk along the famous Tower Walls and quick look inside the refurbished bedroom of Edward I. Step into the White Tower for a full tour of a refurbished medieval castle. Your guide will leave you inside the White Tower, but you'll be able to explore the other areas of the Tower of London on your own, including the Bestiary, Beauchamp Tower, and the Fusilier Museum. As the guided tour ends, you’ll receive your boat pass valid for 24 hours of unlimited travel on a Thames River Sightseeing Cruise.

Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • First entrance ticket for Tower of London
  • First entrance ticket for Jewel House
  • 24-hour pass on hop-on hop-off London river cruise
  • Hotel pick-up / drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

This tour meets in front of the Tower of London shop, opposite the entrance to the Tower of London, 40 Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6DU, UK. Your guide will be holding a Walks sign.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately, guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs, or strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour
  • Please note that for security reasons, bag searches will take place
  • The tour will have a group size of 20 or fewer
  • The tour partner complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to London government guidelines for the most up-to-date information
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 106 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5
  • Service
    5/5

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Too bad there is no visit with a French speaking guide. Because the guide we followed only spoke English, too bad because he had a lot of knowledge in history. In short, we did not understand everything... On the other hand, the great hour because we were able to see the Queen's jewels in peace.

June 10, 2022

Good getting in early to see the jewels. No lines and the opening ceremony was fun but not anything special. They unlock the doors and you get to watch. But early arrival on a busy tourist place was great! Didn’t realize this was a walking tour of over 3 hours. No instructions on meeting. Where was clear but not who. A flag would have been nice as we were all anxious at 8:23 when we had no tour guide. When she finally arrived things seemed a bit confusing and disjointed as did much of the tour. Her knowledge was good and humorous. Most folks seemed to enjoy the tour. I found it dragged and after about an hour I took off on my own. So can’t really give a full review. I saw the tour later and all were still there and seemed engaged. I’m just not a tour type unless the person is riveting and filled with history o can’t get myself from reading the signs. Not sure it was worth $70 since most tourists didn’t arrive until 10’or so but on a very busy day it was great getting there early!

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June 6, 2022

The tour guide was waiting outside the Shop, as indicated in the instructions. She was friendly and informative. It was great being the first group allowed into the grounds. The ceremony was awesome. Our Beefeater was great, informative and funny. We went into most buildings in the grounds and heard great stories from our guide. This tour was one of the best experiences during my visit to London.

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May 7, 2022

Product ID: 200482