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VIP Early Access: Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge Entry

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Tower of London and Tower Bridge Walking Tour
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Experience the remarkable architecture and age-old traditions of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge on a 3-hour walking tour of historic London. Arrive early to view the official opening ceremony of the Tower of London Beefeaters, take a peek at the Crown Jewels before the crowds arrive, then tour the legendary White Tower and hear the tales of torture and execution that the Tower is notorious for. Finally, head to the Tower Bridge Exhibition, where you can learn about the 120-year-old bridge and enjoy panoramic views over London.
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

What's Included

  • Enter the Tower of London before the public to witness the 700 year old Opening Ceremony
  • Meet the Chief Beefeater for a private welcome to the Tower of London & Opening Ceremony
  • Entrance tickets included to the Tower Bridge Engine Rooms
  • Entrance to the 11th century Romanesque Chapel of St. John's located in the White Tower
  • See other highlights including; The Execution site, The Ravens Den and the White Tower
  • Be one of the first to enter the Crown Jewels Exhibition and avoid the massive lines
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Tower Hill
    London EC3N 4DJ, UK

    MEETING TIME: 15 minutes before departure. MEETING PLACE: Tower Hill Underground Station, Trinity Square, London EC3N 2BQ
. MEETING POINT: Take main exit and meet your Guide outside between Citizen M Hotel and Trinity Square Gardens, adjacent to the “Tower Hill Tram” refreshment stand.

End point

  • Tower Bridge
    Tower Bridge, United Kingdom

What To Expect

In the morning, greet your guide outside of Tower Hill underground station. From there, you’ll make the short walk to the Tower of London. On arrival, your guide will give you context about the history of the Opening Ceremony, during which you’ll see the Duty Yeoman Warder and a military escort march to open both the middle Tower and the Byward Tower.

Then, you’ll be one of the first people to head inside the iconic London landmark and admire the Crown Jewels. After hearing about more than 1,000 years of history, you’ll continue to Tower Bridge, for panoramic views of England’s capital from the lookout point.

Your tour concludes here.

Tower of London

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Tower Bridge

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please wear comfortable shoes as this tour involves a fair amount of walking, including over uneven surfaces, cobblestones, hills, inclines, declines and stairs.
  • Participants should be in good health - consult first with your doctor if you have any medical condition or are not used to regular exercise.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchairs, motorised scooters or any other device to assist mobility are not recommended, as we cannot guarantee: that all footpaths/sidewalks/curbs will have suitable ADA/EU compliant ramps.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Anybody under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by somebody aged 18 years or older.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


The tour guide was very informative and it was worth the money to beat the crowds during peak time.Well worth a visit.
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Wonderful!
AnnMarie_F, Feb 2024
John, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, pleasant and professional! We enjoyed learning the history of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
Or tour guide was...
Coleen_T, Feb 2024
Or tour guide was absolutely phenomenal and knowledgeable. We were small group so he was able to take a lot of individual time and I greatly appreciate it.
Worth the Experience
Joanne_C, Jan 2024
Ben was a great guide. He gave us a lot of information and gave us ample time to explore the areas of the Tower on our own. It was also fortunate for us that we were the only group for the opening of the tower and we got 'front row' viewing of the process, plus a little comedic acting from the yeoman after he was done with the official process!
Spectacular experience!
Josh_C, Jan 2024
Fantastic experience all around. Our tour guide was very informative and set us up in prime locations to get the most of our experience!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi Josh, thank you for your 5-star review of our VIP TOWER OF LONDON & CROWN JEWELS Tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much as well as our first-class expert local guide, Don. Don is one of our team of expert local friendly guides who have been recognized as being the best tour guides in London and for providing exceptional tour experiences full of incredible stories and insights. Thank you again for your 5-STAR Review. From the team
Was a great experience
Dirk_B, Jan 2024
Our guide was cheerful and informative. Learned a lot about the history of the Tower. Enjoyed the opening ceremony
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi Dirk, thank you for your 5-star review of our VIP TOWER OF LONDON & CROWN JEWELS Tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much as well as our first-class expert local guide, Don. Don is one of our team of expert local friendly guides who have been recognized as being the best tour guides in London and for providing exceptional tour experiences full of incredible stories and insights. Thank you again for your 5-STAR Review. From the team
Must do tour!
PRIYANTA_D, Jan 2024
The whole experience was exceptional. The central reason and the highlight of this experience was our guide, Don. He was extremely knowledgable and very well read on English history. I not only engaged him with various questions about the Tower, but also tangential events in British history. His knowledge and love for the subject were breathtaking! In short, he made the trip exceptionally worthwhile! If I could do the trip again and he was leading it, I would go. Thanks for the memorable experience.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hello and thank you for your 5-star review of our VIP TOWER OF LONDON & CROWN JEWELS Tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much as well as our first-class expert local guide, Don. Don is one of our team of expert local friendly guides who have been recognized as being the best tour guides in London and for providing exceptional tour experiences full of incredible stories and insights. Thank you again for your 5-STAR review. From the team
Opening ceremony of the...
Julee_B, Dec 2023
Opening ceremony of the keys. Interaction with Beefeater. Early entrance to Crown Jewels. All were wonderful!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi James, Thank you for your 5-star review of our VIP TOWER OF LONDON & CROWN JEWELS Tour and the Tower Bridge. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much as well as our first-class expert local guide, Don. Don is one of our team of expert local friendly guides who have been recognized as being the best tour guides in London and for providing exceptional tour experiences full of incredible stories and insights. Thank you again for your 5-star Review. From the team
Great tour
Amberly_A, Dec 2023
Guide was very knowledgeable and gave us plenty of time to explore. Great tour would recommend to everyone going to London.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi James, thank you for your 5-star review of our VIP TOWER OF LONDON & CROWN JEWELS and Tower Bridge. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much as well as our first-class expert local guide, Don. Don is one of our team of expert local friendly guides who have been recognized as being the best tour guides in London and for providing exceptional tour experiences full of incredible stories and insights. Thank you again for your 5-star Review. From the team
Fun guide and interesting tour of Tower of London
Jim_B, Dec 2023
We arrived at our meeting point and met our guide Ben. Ben was very knowledgeable on the history of the Tower of London and spun some great tales! Getting the opportunity to witness the ceremonial opening of the Tower a few minutes before 9:00 with the Beefeater was extra special. We would highly recommend as a guide and this tour!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi James, Thank you for your 5-star review of our VIP TOWER OF LONDON & CROWN JEWELS and Tower Bridge Tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much as well as our first-class expert local guide, Ben. Ben is one of our team of expert local friendly guides who have been recognized as being the best tour guides in London and for providing exceptional tour experiences full of incredible stories and insights. Thank you again for your 5-star Review. From the team
The Tower…always the place to go!
Mary_S, Dec 2023
Amazing tour! I have been fortunate enough to explore the tower 3 times, but this by far was my best tour. We were given history along with time to wander on our own. The opening ceremony was amazing to watch. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi Mary, Thank you for your 5-star review of our VIP TOWER OF LONDON & CROWN JEWELS and Tower Bridge Tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much as well as our first-class expert local guide. Our team of expert local friendly guides have been recognized as being the best tour guides in London and for providing exceptional tour experiences full of incredible stories and insights. Thank you again for your 5-star Review. From the team
Great Tour with Ben
Lisa_H, Dec 2023
The Early Access tour was worth the early start. The morning ceremony and easy entry to the Crown Jewel exhibit was great. The Tower of London Complex was really interesting. Topped off with a walk up to the top of the Tower Bridge. Ben was a great tour guide!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi Lisa, Thank you for your 5-star review of our VIP TOWER OF LONDON & CROWN JEWELS and Tower Bridge Tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much as well as our first-class expert local guide, Ben. Our team of expert local friendly guides have been recognized as being the best tour guides in London and for providing exceptional tour experiences full of incredible stories and insights. Thank you again for your 5-star Review. From the team
Terrible experience older woman tour guide couldn’t be bothered.
Renae_S, Dec 2023
Our tour guide was the worst I don’t even know her name. She was not at the designated kmeeting spot due to rain had to call the tour company. Other people saw us and guided us to where she was she didn’t speak much, and when she did softly, we didn’t learn anything we were not informed that the tower of London had so many stairs, and if there were elevators, we were not told of them, she left us on our own time. We were supposed to meet back at 11:15 we were there at 11 and she left without the whole group and she didn’t leave their tickets anywhere for them to find she dumped us off at the tower bridge and left. She really shouldn’t be giving tours if she’s that disinterested . When I asked a question, she shushed me and told me she was getting to it. She had no identifying objects such as an umbrella clipboard sign to identify by her as a guide, and to follow her the tour cost 300+ US dollars for me and my daughter, and it was just awful. We could’ve done everything we did with her on our own. It was a terrible waste of money.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hello, thank you for your review and comments. It appears you checked in with the incorrect Tour Operator. We have been in contact with our expert local guide who confirmed that you were not part of her tour. We are sorry you missed us. Best Regards,
Great tour
Tamara_O, Dec 2023
The guide was knowledgeable, and the early entry was perfect. Overall a good tour.i definitely would take this tour again.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi Tamara, Thank you for your 5-star review of our VIP TOWER OF LONDON & CROWN JEWELS and Tower Bridge Tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much as well as our first-class expert local guide. Our team of expert local friendly guides have been recognized as being the best tour guides in London and for providing exceptional tour experiences full of incredible stories and insights. Thank you again for your 5-star Review. From the team
VIP!
Jill_K, Dec 2023
We really enjoyed the tour and our guide, however, her voice was very soft and it was hard to hear her speak. I would highly recommend her to use a small microphone, similar to other tour guides we saw that day. The small group was beneficial. Being able to be on the grounds before the public was very exciting and really gave us a chance to explore before it was so busy. I would also recommend more than 1 hour "free time" before regrouping and walking to the tower Bridge. We didn't have enough time to see all of the grounds.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi Jill, Thank you for your 5-star review of our VIP TOWER OF LONDON & CROWN JEWELS and Tower Bridge Tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much as well as our first-class expert local guide. Our team of expert local friendly guides have been recognized as being the best tour guides in London and for providing exceptional tour experiences full of incredible stories and insights. Thank you again for your 5-star Review. From the team
Worth every penny (and getting up early!)
Sally_A, Dec 2023
Our guide John was so knowledgeable and personable. It made the tour even better. It is exactly as advertised. Being the first people into the Crown Jewels and being able to look around the grounds without crowds was worth every penny.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi Saly, thank you for your 5-STAR review of our VIP Tower of London tour and our first-class expert local guide, John. It's wonderful to hear that you appreciated getting in early and enjoying the Crown Jewels without the crowds. Thank you again for rating our tour as WORTH EVERY PENNY. Best Regards,
Ben was a fantastic guide...
Kara_W, Dec 2023
Ben was a fantastic guide and the early access to the Tower and opening ceremony was something we’ll never forget. Ben’s enthusiasm and insider knowledge made the experience extra special.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi Kara, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you had a great time on tour and gave our first-class expert local guide Ben a 5-STAR RECOMMENDATION. Thank you. Best Regards from the Team
Good time
Donna_A, Dec 2023
Loved the early access to Crown Jewels John our guide was fantastic and wish he would be with our whole time in London
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi and thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you had a great time on tour and gave our first-class expert local guide Don a 5-STAR RECOMMENDATION. Thank you. Best Regards from the Team
Great tour!
Jillene_C, Nov 2023
One of my favorite places we toured...this was a very interesting place with a dark background. Getting there early was worth every penny as it got crowded very quickly. Don't forget to stop at the cafe because the food was great.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi Jillene, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you had a great time on tour and gave our first-class expert local guide Don a 5-STAR RECOMMENDATION. Thank you. Best Regards from the Team
Kids loved this tour and...
Katie_L, Nov 2023
Kids loved this tour and our guide Ben! He was funny and engaging with them the entire tour. Everyone enjoyed it!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi Katie, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you had a great time on tour and gave our first-class expert local guide Ben a 5-STAR RECOMMENDATION. Thank you. Best Regards from the Team
Great tour
Martha_F, Nov 2023
Good tour guide with lots of info, saw and heard a lot. Nice to see the Crown Jewels without so many people.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi Martha, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you had a great time on tour and gave our first-class expert local guide a 5-STAR RECOMMENDATION. Thank you. Best Regards from the Team
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