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St Peter ad VinculaLondon
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The dedication means ‘St Peter in Chains’ and is particularly appropriate for this parish church of the Tower of London. The church is within the grounds of The Tower of London.
 
Visiting St Peter ad Vincula
Visitors can only gain entry to the church by joining a Yeoman Warder Guided Tour. However, it is open to visitors not on a Yeoman Warder tour during the last hour of opening hours.
 
A chapel has been on this site since before the Norman Conquest. The present building dates from 1519-20.
 
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The church contains the remains of prisoners executed on Tower Green - the most famous being the 2nd and 5th wives of King Henry VIII (Queen Anne Boleyn and Queen Catherine Howard). Poor young Lady Jane Grey (the 9 day queen) is also there and Henry VIII’s political and religious advisors John Fisher and Sir Thomas More.
 
The church remains a place of worship for the Tower’s community of 150 or so residents. There are many monuments commemorating previous Tower governors, officers and residents of the Tower.
 
The 17th century organ case was carved by the famous master carver, Grinling Gibbons.
 
Contact & Further Information
 
Getting There
Remember – access to this church is only available by joining a Yeoman Warder Guided Tour during a visit to the Tower of London.
 
For 'Getting There' assistance we suggest that you visit the Transport for London 'Journey Planner' on this page.
 
- By Underground
Tower Hill Station   District and Circle Lines - Follow the directional signposts to the Tower. 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
Fenchurch Street         From Fenchurch Street Station: 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 station   From London Bridge Station: 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-topped Sightseeing Bus Tours
 
- By River
Tower Millenium Pier  Thames Riverboat to Tower Pier – a short walk up to the ticketing facility and Tower entry.   Riverboats for Tower Pier depart from Charing Cross, Westminster and Greenwich Piers.
 
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