Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London

Address:
Tower of London, Tower Hill, London 51.508599 -0.076331
Dates & Time:
Every night
9.30 PM to 10.05 PM
Tickets & Cost:
Free to attend, but it does still require a ticket
Try and apply for tickets at least three or four months in advance, because it gets booked up very quickly. See hrp.org.uk for details about how to apply
Telephone:
The contact number for Tower of London is +44 (0) 203 166 6000
Parking:
If you’re driving to London here are some car parks near Tower of London
Minicabs:
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Buses:
The following bus routes go near Tower of London: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1
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Trains:
The best London underground train stations to visit Tower of London are Aldgate Tower Gateway Tower Hill
Note: The actual closest train station to Tower of London is Tower Hill
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Read The London Craig blog> Read Craig’s review  I’ve seen this ceremony myself. Check out my London blog for a full review, with photos.  Feel free to ask me a question about this event

Here's your chance to be part of an ancient ceremony...

The 'Ceremony of the Keys' is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London which taken place every night, without fail, for at least 700 years.

The importance of securing this fortress is still very important because, although the Monarch no longer resides at the royal palace, the Crown Jewels and many other valuables still do.

The evening will begin when one of the Yeoman Warders escorts you into the Tower after it has closed. He will then give a short history of the Tower and the ceremony, before the display starts at 9.53 PM (precisely). You will stand there in the dark and witness the traditional locking of the gates, before the Warder gets challenged by an armed sentry at the Bloody Tower. The group will then follow the guards to the shadow of the White Tower, when the Last Post will sound to signal that the Tower is locked up safe and sound.

Craig has actually been to this ceremony himself, and he thinks that it is one of the best things you can do in London. Check out his review on his London blog, so you can get a feeling of the atmosphere and what happens on the night. You might like to read his review of the Tower of London as well.

There are always plenty of other events at the Tower of London. We also have a page full of other military parades in London.

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Have you got a review?  Or a question about this event?

 Guest – “I should like to bring a coach party of Lea Valley U3A members to the Ceremony of the Keys in early summer at a date to be agreed. I should like to arrange a meal as well in the Tower.I know several coach parties that have done this, and greatly enjoyed the event. I would be grateful if you could let me have details of times, cost of meal and dates in May or June which are available.My friend, coach driver Gary Whitfield had offered to arrange this event for me as he has arranged these events in the past, but I have not heard from him. I don't know whether he has made a provisional date already?I look forward to your reply and our visit,Kind regards, Elizabeth Brown (Mrs.)”

Admin – “We're not the Tower of London — we're a London tourist website. It sounds like you meant to contact the Tower. There's a link to their website in the post above yours.”

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