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Top things to do near the Tower of London

Discover the historic and vibrant attractions that surround the Tower of London. Situated in the heart of London, this iconic landmark is not only an impressive sight itself but also the gateway to a plethora of fascinating experiences. In this guide, we'll delve into the top attractions near the Tower of London that you won't want to miss.

Must-See attractions near the Tower of London

London Dungeon

The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon is a thrilling attraction that will take you back to the capital's most scary past.

  • Distance from the Tower of London: 3.7 km
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London Eye

London Eye

AKA the Millennium Wheel is a massive observation wheel located on the South Bank of the River Thames in London.

  • Distance from the Tower of London: 0.8 km
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Shrek's Adventure

Shrek's Adventure! London

DreamWorks inspired Shrek's Adventure! London is an indoor walk-and-ride attraction that is the perfect family attraction.

  • Distance from the Tower of London: 0.7 km
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London Aquarium

SEA Life London Aquarium

Among Europe's largest aquariums, it houses a vast collection of global marine life, making it a must-visit in the UK and Europe.

  • Distance from the Tower of London: 0.6 km
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Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

Serves as the seat for the British Parliament, housing both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

  • Distance from Tower of London: 1.5 km
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Tate Modern

Tate Modern

Showcases Britain's modern art scene, offering an enriching experience for art enthusiasts.

  • Distance from the Tower of London: 2.3 km
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HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast

A museum ship operated by the Imperial War Museum, permanently docked on the River Thames in London.

  • Distance from the Tower of London: 1.2 km
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Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

A striking combined bascule and suspension bridge crossing the River Thames near the Tower of London.

  • Distance from the Tower of London: 0.2 km
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Practical information: navigating your visit

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Getting there

  • By Tube: Access the Tower via the District and Circle lines from Tower Hill station, right by the entrance, offering direct access to the Tower and nearby attractions.
  • By Bus: Reach the Tower easily with various bus routes like 15, 42, 78, 100, and RV1, providing scenic rides through central London.
  • By Car: Parking facilities are nearby, but due to potential congestion, it's recommended to check availability beforehand or consider public transport for convenience.
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Operating hours

Attractions near the Tower of London have different opening hours. Tower Bridge is usually open from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, while The Shard offers extended visiting hours. The Globe Theatre and HMS Belfast have their specific schedules; check their websites for details.

Tickets can be bought online or onsite. Look for combo ticket options for multiple attractions and possible discounts for seniors, students, and families.




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Tips and recommendations

  • To optimize your experience, consider planning your visit during off-peak hours, typically in the early morning or late afternoon, to avoid crowds. For panoramic views of London's skyline, aim for sunset or sunrise visits at Tower Bridge or The Monument.
  • Dining options around these attractions vary widely, from quaint cafes to elegant restaurants, providing a range of cuisines to suit every taste. St. Katharine Docks offers a picturesque setting for a relaxed meal by the water.
  • If you're interested in exploring multiple attractions, it's a good idea to allot enough time for each visit to fully appreciate what they have to offer. Checking the weather forecast before your visit might help plan the best times for outdoor activities or enjoying the scenic views.
  • While tickets can often be purchased on-site, booking in advance, particularly during peak seasons, can ensure a hassle-free experience and possibly offer skip-the-line benefits, allowing you to make the most of your time exploring these fascinating attractions.

Frequently asked questions about attractions near the Tower of London

What is the best time to visit the Tower of London?

The best time to visit the Tower of London is during the early morning or late afternoon to enjoy the picturesque sunrise or sunset views. It's less crowded during these hours.

Can I purchase a combined ticket to access multiple attractions in the area?

Yes, some attractions offer combined tickets, allowing you to visit multiple sites in the vicinity at a discounted rate.

Are there any family-friendly activities near the Tower of London?

Absolutely! The HMS Belfast and the Globe Theatre offer family-friendly experiences with interactive displays, kid-friendly tours, and live performances suitable for all ages.

Is it necessary to book tickets in advance for these attractions?

While you can often purchase tickets on-site, it's advisable to book tickets in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure your visit and potentially save time with skip-the-line options.

What is there to see and do at the Tower of London?

The Tower of London is a historic castle that has been used as a royal palace, a prison, and an execution site. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction that is home to the Crown Jewels, the White Tower, and the Bloody Tower. Visitors can also explore the Tower's walls and gardens, and learn about its fascinating history.

Are there any restrictions on what I can bring into the Tower of London?

Yes, there are some restrictions on what you can bring into the Tower of London. Large bags, backpacks, and suitcases are not permitted. You are also not allowed to bring food or drink into the Tower, except for water in a sealed bottle.

Is the Tower of London accessible to visitors with disabilities?

Yes, the Tower of London is accessible to visitors with disabilities. There are ramps and lifts throughout the Tower, and there are also accessible toilets.