Early Access Tower of London Tour: Opening Ceremony, Crown Jewels & River Cruise

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London

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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Begin your VIP tour with early, skip-the-line access, and see the tower’s storied opening ceremony. With just a small group for company, you’ll explore the landmark’s highlights. You’ll also be among the first visitors to enter the Tower of London’s world-famous Jewel House, where the glittering Crown Jewels await. At the end, you’ll receive a pass good for 24 hours of travel on London’s best sightseeing river cruise.

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Stop At: Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB England

Begin your VIP-level experience by witnessing the Opening Ceremony, a storied military ritual that officially opens one of the most famous monuments in London.

Duration: 35 minutes

Stop At: Jewel House, London England

After a quick introduction from the Yeoman Warders who guard the palace, you’ll stroll straight into the Jewel House and be among the first people to see the Crown Jewels. There are no crowds, so after you guide tells you what to look out for, you can take your time and soak in one of the most dazzling collections of riches in the world.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB England

Stroll along the famous Tower Walls, peek inside the refurbished bedroom of Edward I, and say hello to the tower’s resident ravens. Your experience ends on a high note as you step into the White Tower for a full tour of a refurbished medieval castle. Before parting ways, you’ll receive access to a boat pass giving you access to 24 hours of unlimited travel on the best sightseeing river cruises in London.

Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • First entrance ticket for Tower of London
  • First entrance ticket for Jewel House
  • 24-hour pass on hop-on hop-off London river cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Tower of London
  • Entry/Admission - Jewel House

  • Hotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Our group tour utilizes multiple areas that are not wheelchair accessible/mobility friendly. Those with wheelchairs and mobility issues should contact us so we can arrange your visit.
  • Sites on this tour are subject to occasional closures. If modifications are needed and time permits, we will reach out to you prior to your tour. For last-minute closures, modifications may be communicated at the tour start time.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to London government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Departure Point

50 Lower Thames St, London EC3R 5BU, UK

Departure Time

08:30 AM

Return Details

London Aldgate, London EC3N 1DE, UK

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


2 hours 45 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


12 Nov, 2022

More than what I expected, personal experience and relaxed environment to listen to details yet also own pace for crown jewels. Great incorporation of the historical significance bringing the tower of london to life on its past and present significance. Gave ample time at end to see White Tower at your own pace. Great value tour


10 Nov, 2022

This tour was well worth it due to the early access. Our group was the first to get access to the Crown Jewels with no waiting. Vivian was very knowledgeable and kept us moving along. Please know that the guides are not allowed to guide you in the White Tower, so allow time to see that part on your own after the tour ends.


03 Nov, 2022

Our tour was 8.30am meeting at 8.15am outside the Tower of London Shop. It says in booking confirmation that we needed to collect our tickets from The Tower of London shop before meeting. Unfortunately the shop does not open until 8.45am which is after our tour start time. We were also advised that nobody ever collects tickets from The Tower of London shop?? There is in fact a ticket booth much further up by the entrance where visitors can buy tickets but again this doesn't open until later. We found this a little bit stressful to be honest but once we eventually met our walk leader and Nigel007 our tour guide (who was absolutely fab) they found us on their list and we didn't need physical tickets at all! We then had exactly the same problem with the river cruise. We had nothing but the email confirmation to show them and they were not happy but reluctantly gave us the tickets. We took one way to Westminster but not sure i dare ask for any more tickets let alone 24hrs! Again quite a stressful and unnecessary process that definitely needs to be ironed out. Great idea of the tour and cruise and once the ticket situations were resolved it was good. The tour guide was so knowledgeable with a great sense of humour to. We really enjoyed it. The river cruise was great to. Lovely to see London from The Thames. Great idea to put both together. Tip - a Beefeater mentioned to me you could buy a ticket to The Tower of London for £30 but I highly recommend having a guide.


02 Nov, 2022

So awesome to see the tower being opened for the day. Our guide and her assistance were amazing. They helped me get a wheelchair for my mother to bring her in to see the crown jewels after I was already in from seeing the opening ceremony. They worked so hard to make sure my mother got to see them and were very eager to do everything they could to make it happen. It allowed my mother to get to see the jewels with no wait which was one of the few things she really wanted to see in London.


24 Oct, 2022

This was a wonderful small tour. We had first access to go see the Crown Jewels and watch the opening ceremony. Very knowledgeable. We had headsets that were great!

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