Private Tower of London Tour

Follow your private guide to London's most infamous fortress by way of River Thames cruise

Travel Flexibly 4.9 / 5 See All 14 Reviews · 3.00h · England, United Kingdom

Hoping to learn more about the darker side of Britain's famed prison and fortress? Then don't skip a private tour of the Tower of London with a guide who is passionate and knowledgeable about all things related to Britain's extensive history. But first, enjoy a gentle ride on a water taxi down the River Thames where you can learn about London's skyline and bridges you pass by. This tour is an ideal way to get familiar with London and its often-controversial past.

  • Private Tour
  • Meeting point at Parliament Square
  • Thames river cruise
  • London highlights
  • Tower of London
  • Royal bedrooms
  • Crown Jewels
  • Beefeaters Quarters
  • Tower Green Memorial
  • End outside the White Tower

Head to Parliament Square where you'll meet your private guide and learn the day's itinerary. This historic square is a great place to get the vibe of modern and ancient London, but you'll soon head to the river for a fun way to navigate the city to the Tower of London. Passing many key bridges and buildings from London's past, you'll enjoy this easy ride before heading into the 1,000-year-old fortress that has been a central piece of Britain's monarchy. Tyranny, torture, and tragedy come to life as your guide leads you through the past.

Private Tower of London Tour Description

Your private Tower of London tour includes:

• Boat ride down the River Thames

• Entry and guided tour of the Tower of London

• Entry to the Jewel House to see the crown jewels

• Private, entertaining guide

Thames River Cruise

London is a city famous for many things, not the least of which are its bridges and skyline. Seated comfortably on this river taxi, you'll gain a new perspective of London from below the skyline as your guide points out places like Shakespeare's Globe Theater, the Oxo Tower, the Millennium Bridge, and more. Perhaps your favorite sight will be the Tower Bridge as you approach and disembark nearby. You'll have plenty of time to check out this iconic bridge after your tour ends!

Tower of London

When William the Conqueror took London in 1066, the city needed to be rebuilt, and the foundation for what we see today as the Tower of London began. Originally the political and military center of the city, it quickly turned into the prison for which it is so famous. Follow along as your private guide points out the ancient Roman wall here, the statues of animals hearkening back to the menagerie once held here, and the ravens who hold a special place here at the Tower.

Under Henry VIII, his wives, enemies, and former best friends were all sent to the tower, many of whom were eventually beheaded. Learn about Anne Boleyn, Sir Walter Raleigh, and many other prisoners kept here. Explore the Bloody Tower, fortress walls, Beefeater's Quarters, and more with your super-knowledgeable guide.

Crown Jewels

Did you know that the crown jewels are found here at the Tower of London? Now you do! The lines can get really long, so your private guide will keep an eye on them to make sure you jump in at the right time. While guides are not allowed to enter the Jewel House, you can rest assured that they'll share the coolest things about what you'll see inside.

Most of the collection dates from the 1600s, but your guide will tell you what piece of the collection to look for that dates back several more centuries! This regalia is used only in royal coronation ceremonies, so it is an incredible opportunity to see this collection.

After your tour ends, feel free to explore other areas like the White Tower or head out of the fortress to walk across Tower Bridge.

What you get with this tour
Passionate English-speaking guide
Thames River Cruise
London skyline
Skip the line Tower of London tickets
Crown Jewels, Tower Green, Traitor's Gate, and more!
Private tour
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Great tour and great guide!
15 March 2024
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Reviewed by
Christa Sanford

Our family booked this private tour of the Tower of London and had the pleasure of having Carmen as our tour guide. She was so knowledgeable about the history of all the sites along our walking journey and even volunteered to take our pictures throughout the tour. I would highly recommend this tour and enthusiastically recommend Carmen for the tour.

Soggy but great tour
20 December 2023
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Reviewed by
Lorraine Gimblett

Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and very patient. It was a rainy day and we got soaked but persevered because she was able to keep the kids intrigued and full of fun and interesting facts.

A Morning at the Tower of London
05 August 2023
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Reviewed by
Pritam Ghosh

Isabel (sp?) was fantastic. Patient and knowledgable, she guided us through the Tower and its history at a great pace and with information that was easily absorabable. She was one of our teenage daughter's favorite tour guides in London. We highly recommend booking with her for any future tours.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

A bottle of water and some comfortable shoes, since you'll be on your feet once you reach the Tower of London.

What to bring?

A bottle of water and some comfortable shoes, since you'll be on your feet once you reach the Tower of London.

Can I take photos at the Tower of London?

Photography is allowed in most areas, with the exception of the Jewel House and the Chapel of St. John.

How strenuous is this tour?

It's not especially strenuous, although you will be walking around for most of your time at the Tower of London. There are some uneven surfaces and old stone stairways to navigate.

Will the tour guide be with me the whole time?

Yes, on this private tour, you'll be with your guide the entire time with the brief exception of your time at the Jewel House where guides are not permitted.

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