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Ceremony of the Keys 
London EC3N 4AB
TfL Fare Zone 1
 
 
 
 
 
Here is a unique ceremony at The Tower of London, the memories of which you will keep forever.
 
The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has taken place on each and every night, without fail, for at least 700 years. The importance of securing this fortress for the night is still very relevant because, although the Monarch no longer resides at this royal palace, the Crown Jewels and many other valuables still do!
 
At 21:30 hours precisely, the Yeoman Warders officially lock up The Tower after all visitors have left.
 
Locking the Tower
The act of locking The Tower is called the ‘Ceremony of the Keys’ and can be attended by a very limited number of individual members of the public. In the summer months groups are limited to a maximum of six persons whilst the winter groups are limited to some 15 persons.
 
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The ceremony concludes at 22:05 after which all visitors are escorted to the exit.
 
Tickets
Visitors must hold a ticket to attend the Ceremony. These tickets attract a one pound booking fee. Due to the popularity of the ceremony, it is necessary to book as far in advance as is possible and tickets may be booked up to 12 months ahead.
 
Tickets can only be booked online. The online booking link is Web: Ceremony of the Keys 
 
Tickets are non-transferable; group bookings or multiple bookings under one name and address are not allowed. There is no waiting list available.
Attending the Ceremony of the Keys
Visitors should bring the e-ticket accessed via the link on their booking confirmation. They will be admitted to the Tower under escort at 21:30 precisely. Please note that late arrivals will not be admitted.
 
The ceremony concludes at 22:05 after which all visitors are escorted to the exit. There are no toilet or refreshment facilities available.
 
Photography is not permitted during any part of the ceremony.
 
Getting There
To find the best way of getting to the Tower of London for the Ceremony of the Keys, we suggest using the Tfl 'Journey Planner'
 
- By Underground
Tower Hill Station District and Circle Lines
 
Tower Hill Station
Follow the directional signposts to The Tower – Approximately 5 minutes walk (downhill).
 
- By Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
Tower Gateway Station   Follow the directional signposts to The Tower – Approximately 5 minutes walk (downhill).
 
- By Mainline Rail - Nearest stations
Fenchurch Street    Exit on to Mark Lane. Turn left on to Byward Street, which will lead you to Tower Hill and the Tower of London
 
London Bridge   Cross the bridge over the River Thames and turn right on to Lower Thames Street. After a 15-minute walk The Tower is located on your right.
 
- By Bus
Routes Numbers: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1.
 
- By Open Top Tour Bus
The Tower is also a stop on Open Top Sightseeing Bus Tours
 
- By River
Tower Millenium Pier – a short walk up to the ticketing facility and Tower entry. Riverboats for Tower Millenium Pier depart from Charing Cross, Westminster and Greenwich Piers. 
 

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