The Tower of London is one of the most important tourist attractions in the British capital. Throughout history, it has played a variety of roles as a fortress, a royal residence and a prison. Its walls are home to a lot of spooky stories and treasures.
To explore inside you'll need to buy tickets to the Tower of London, but to budget for the activity you'll need to know how much they cost, if you can visit with a tourist card or if there's a way to save on tickets. You've come to the right place! In this post I'll tell you all that and more, below.
1. How much budget do I need to see the Tower of London?
1. To visit on your own
If you're passionate about history and you've always wanted to see the Tower of London, from €35 you can get tickets at the monument's ticket office to see it on your own, although if you pay a little more money**(from €41**) you can get an audio guide to take you on the tour.
2. To visit with a tour
If it is the first time you go to the city and you want to soak up its history, a very interesting option that you can book in Hellotickets from 280€ is a private guided tour of the Tower of London, which will allow you to know all the secrets of this monument in a totally personalised way, with a guide who speaks your language and who will be dedicated exclusively to you and your group.
It is the most complete option! As this is a private tour, you will be able to tailor this tour to suit you and focus on the aspects of the Tower of London that interest you most in a 2 to 3 hour tour.
Why choose a private tour?
In a monumental complex as large and ancient as the Tower of London, in my opinion you get much more out of the experience if you are accompanied during the tour by a professional guide who puts into context the origins and functioning of the fortress as well as the personalities that inhabited this place over time.
If you book a private tour like this one, you can also ask to be picked up from your hotel to be taken to the Tower of London. If you're new to the city and not yet familiar with its transport network, it's the best way to get to the attraction without the chance of getting lost along the way.
2. Can I visit the Tower of London with a Tower of London Tourist Card and how much do they cost?
Indeed! You can use London Sightseeing Cards to explore the Tower of London. From €41 you can buy the London Explorer Pass and from €74 you can buy the London Pass from Hellotickets.
Both will allow you to visit the Tower of London and many other tourist attractions of the British capital (such as Madame Tussauds Museum, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, The Shard, a boat trip on the Thames...) while saving money and time.
The main difference between the two tourist cards (apart from the price) is how they work.
- London Explorer Pass You only pay for the number of attractions you want to see.
- London Pass Gives access to over 80 attractions and you pay per day.
If you want to know all the advantages of having these tourist passes, I recommend you to take a look at the post The best tourist card in London, it will surely help you decide when buying tickets to see the Tower of London!
3. Can I buy tickets to the Tower of London at the ticket office and how much do they cost?
You can indeed buy tickets for the Tower of London in person at the Tower Hill ticket office, but it's not the option I recommend you the most, since there are huge queues of visitors trying to get tickets for the same day.
If you wait to buy your tickets there, you run the risk of having to stand in long queues, and you run the risk of being sold out and of there being no tickets available when it's your turn because it's one of the most popular tourist attractions.
To avoid all these inconveniences, my advice is to buy your Tower of London tickets online and in advance of your travel date. It is the best way to secure your place on the day and time of your choice. However, the ticket prices at the ticket office are:
- Adult (18-64 years): from £29.90.
- Child (5-15 years): from £14.90.
- Concession (over 65s, 16 and 17 year olds, students and disabled: from £24.
- Children under 5 years: Free.
4. How can I save money on my visit to the Tower of London and are there any concessions?
London is an expensive city so anything that can help save money is welcome. For example, reduced admission rates to the Tower of London for certain age groups, groups or large families. We see it!
- Reduced rate for adults over 65: from £24.
- Reduced rate for children aged 5-15: from £14.90.
- Reduced rate for students: from £24.
- Reduced rate for disabled: from £24.
- Reduced rate for families (two adults and up to 3 children aged 5-15): from £82.10.
5. How much does it cost to eat near the Tower of London?
The Tower of London tour is a long one to three hour visit, so you're likely to work up an appetite during or after the tour.
The monument is located in the Tower Hamlets area and in the surrounding area you can find different restaurants or shops to take a break and recharge your batteries after an intense visit. The good thing about London is that the gastronomic offer is very wide and you will find good options from €8.
If you are thinking of taking advantage of your visit to the Tower of London to eat there on the way, I recommend you take a look at the post Where to eat near the Tower of London where you can get some ideas.
6. How much does it cost to get to the Tower of London?
The Tower of London stands in the historic and financial centre of the capital, the famous City of London, so this monument is very well connected by public transport and is very easy to get to.
From €6 for a single tube ticket, depending on the area, you can take one that will take you to Tower Hill, the nearest station, which is only a 5-minute walk away.
However, in the post Practical Guide to the London Underground you will find extensive information on various issues related to this transport that will surely help you when using it.
When you arrive in London you may be surprised that the price of public transport is so high compared to other European cities.
You'll be using it a lot during your stay as the city is quite large, so if you want to save a little on your travels I recommend getting an Oyster Card or Travelcard, which will help you do just that.
On foot for a walk
And if you're a traveller who loves to walk and explore the city on foot, you won't really need to spend anything because a stroll through the centre from Westminster, Covent Garden or the City will get you there for free and you'll see plenty of spectacular sights along the way.