Tower of London: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm or Sunday-Monday 10am-5pm. During Summer months (March-October) closing time is 6pm with last entry 1 hour before.
River Sightseeing Cruise: Regular departures between 10am-3pm
1 day ticket
What It Is
The Tower of London is one of London's most famous attractions and is a UNESCO world heritage site that is synonymous with London history of the last 900 years. Guarded by Beefeaters in their traditional dress, visitors can see the crown jewels and learn all about the history of the tower since its founding in 1066 by William the Conqueror. The Tower of London has served as a fortress, palace, arsenal, mint, jewel house, and what it's most well remembered for - A prison and place of execution. Be sure to visit Tower Green too as you stand on the site where Anne Boleyn and many more were beheaded.
The river cruise allows you to bypass many of the cities riverside attractions including Big Ben, Westminster Bridge, and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on an all-weather boot with open deck and indoor saloon with panoramic windows so you'll always be sure of a great view. Snacks and drinks are served onboard (for a fee) and there are toilets onboard too so you'll be able to sit back, relax, rest those tired feet, and learn all about the city of London thanks to fascinating commentary.
Your Experience With Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise
Board the hop-on-hop-off Thames river sightseeing cruise at any of the 4 departure points and watch London float past. It's entirely up to you when in the day you visit the Tower of London, you might choose to stay on the boat and do an entire round trip (approx 2.5 hours) first, taking in the sights and learning all about them from the informative live commentary onboard. Or you might choose to do the Tower of London first thing, after picking up your combo tickets from the pier first, and then grab the sightseeing cruise afterwards. Since it's hop-on-hop-off you're free to get on and off as much as you want during the day to get you to other nearby attractions including the Cutty Sark, London Eye, and Westminster Bridge.
What Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise Includes?
Entry to the Tower of London
Hop-On-Hop-Off sightseeing cruise with live commentary
Things Before Go
You'll need to print your voucher and exchange it for an entry ticket at Westminster pier, Tower pier or Greenwich pier only.
You will have to queue again at the Tower of London to redeem an entry ticket for that site.
The shortest ride between piers is 30 minutes with a round trip on the sightseeing cruise taking 2.5 hours.
There are toilets and snack vendors onboard the boat.
You will have to queue and exchange your voucher twice - Once when boarding the sightseeing cruise, and again at the Tower of London
Is It Suitable for Me?
A great way to sightsee London and move around the city.
A good way to save money on both attractions if you already had the Tower of London on your 'want to see list".
Enjoyable for the entire family.
Perfect for those who want to create their own 1-day itinerary with a lot of freedom to see/do what they want, when they want.
Travellers talking about this tour on Trip Advisor, Get Your Guide, and Viator give it really good reviews.
They describe their day as "An excellent experience" "A GREAT Excursion" and "A Fascinating Tour"
People appreciated the freedom this tour allows them to create their own itinerary for the day and all agree that the commentary is fun as well as informative.
Best Times to Visit
It's best to visit the Tower of London first thing or last thing so as to avoid the worst of the crowds.
Winter can be slightly quieter than Summer but it's best to avoid weekends any time of the year!
Sightseeing Cruise Stops:
London Eye Pier
Tower Pier (Get off here for the Tower Of London)
Address / Pick up Location
The hop on hop off sightseeing cruises depart from Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier, or Greenwich Pier.
Yes. Please advise staff when booking if you require wheelchair assistance.
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