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Tower of London

Royal Armouries is located in the White Tower, the central keep and oldest part of the Tower of London.

The origins of the Armouries may be traced back to the working armoury of the medieval kings of England. The first recorded visitor to the Tower Armouries was in 1498, and entry was only granted by special permission. After the restoration of Charles II in 1660, the paying public was allowed in to marvel at new displays set up to celebrate the power and splendour of English monarchy.

The Armouries is one of the ancient institutions of the Tower of London, which also included the Board of Ordnance, the Menagerie, the Royal Mint, the Jewel House, the Royal Observatory and the Tower Record Office. These institutions are the focus of a permanent exhibition in the White Tower – Powerhouse.

Click on the Google map below for more directions and a map to the museum.


Admission to the Royal Armouries in the White Tower is free, however a ticket must be purchased for entry to the Tower of London.

For details about tickets and prices visit the Historic Royal Palaces website:


Royal Armouries is located within the White Tower, HM Tower of London.

The Transport for London website can help you plan your journey and provide live travel advice for London.


  • Bicycle stands are located next to the main shop near the entrance.
  • No cycling is permitted on pedestrian areas.
  • The Transport for London website provides information about cycle routes around the area.


Tower Hill is the closest tube station and is on the District and Circle lines. Follow the signs to the Tower’s main entrance which is a five minute walk from the station – Live Tube service updates

Travelling to the Tower of London by car is inadvisable as it is within the Congestion Charging Zone and nearby parking is limited and expensive.


There are two stations close by: Fenchurch Street and London Bridge.

  • Fenchurch Street: Exit on to Fenchurch Place and turn left. Turn left down steps onto New London Street and continue to Hart Street. Turn left and then right into Seething Lane. At the end of Seething Lane turn left onto Byward Street. The Tower of London is on your right. This is approximately a 5 minute walk.
  • London Bridge: Cross the bridge over the River Thames and turn right on into Monument Street, continue onto Lower Thames Street. After a 10-15 minute walk the Tower of London is located on your right.

Docklands Light Railway

Tower Gateway Station is located close to Tower Hill station and the Tower entrance is sign-posted.


  • Bus routes: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1
  • All major sightseeing bus tours.


Riverboats for Tower Pier leave from Charing Cross, Westminster and Greenwich.


  • The Tower is in the Congestion Charging Zone.
  • There is no parking at the Tower of London.
  • The nearest coach and car park is situated on Lower Thames Street and is a 2 minute walk to the main entrance which is clearly indicated.
  • There are several Disabled Parking bays clearly marked.
  • Pricing information and car park opening and closing times telephone the City of London Corporation on 020 7606 3030 or email

For more information about travelling in London go to the Transport for London website: or try the Transport for London Journey Planner.

Opening times

Summer (Mar – Oct)
Sun & Mon: 10am – 5pm
Tue to Sat: 9am – 5pm
Last admission 4pm

Winter (Nov – Feb)
Sun & Mon: 10am – 4pm
Tue to Sat : 9am – 4pm
Last admission 4pm

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December

Contact details

020 3166 6660


Royal Armouries admission is free, but a Tower of London entry ticket must be purchased.


Royal Armouries
HM Tower Of London