by Gill Chris
This 700 year old ceremony takes place every single night, without fail, at the Tower of London. Essentially it is the locking of all the doors to the Tower, which is home to the Crown Jewels and many other valuable, historic items.
The Ceremony involves the Chief Yeoman Warder being escorted around the Tower by four members of the duty regiment Foot Guards and formally locking all of the doors. This piece of living history offers a very unique and fascinating experience and allows visitors the opportunity to enjoy the special atmosphere of being in the grounds of the Tower at night.
Visitors to the Ceremony are admitted to the Tower at 9:30pm precisely and the Ceremony begins at 9:52pm with the Chief Yeoman Warder coming out of the Byward Tower carrying a lantern in one hand and the Queens Keys in the other. The Ceremony is short, lasting less than fifteen minutes, but is very atmospheric and colourful set amidst the mighty battlements of this ancient historic fortress.
Tickets are free (albeit with a £1 admin fee) and get booked up many months in advance so it is essential to plan ahead if you want to be part of this unique experience.
You can find out more and book your tickets (up to 12 months in advance) here.
The Tower of London can be reached from any of our London vacation rentals by tube; the nearest tube station is Tower Hill on the District and Circle lines.