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London
The Jewel Tower
English Heritage
Abingdon Street
Westminster
London SW1P 3JX
TfL Fare Zone 1
 
 
The Jewel Tower is a small but historically interesting building under the care of English Heritage.
 
One of only two surviving medieval buildings from the lost Palace of Westminster, this extremely important building is easily accessible via Abingdon Street which is opposite the south end of the current Houses of Parliament.
 
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With much of its 14th century architecture remaining relatively unaltered, this more than 650 year old tower has served three significant functions related to the government of England.
 
It was a secure royal Treasury for the storage of the monarch's personal jewels and plate (1360s to the early 16th century), the storage of the records of the House of Lords (late 16th century to 1864), and the Weights and Measures office between 1869 and 1938.
 
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Built in c.1365 the tower was known as the ‘King’s Privy Wardrobe’ and housed King Edward III’s personal jewels and plate. It was built into the Palace of Whitehall's defensive outer wall and survived the 1834 fire due to its remoteness from the rest of the Palace.
 
The Jewel Tower Today
The interior of the tower retains its 14th century ribbed vault, and outside are the remains of a medieval moat and quay.
 
An exhibition covering all three floors of the tower highlights the Jewel Tower's history and changing role over the centuries.
 
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You will see ornate ceiling carvings from the 14th century, a model of the medieval Palace of Westminster, and precious archaeological finds such as an Iron Age sword and Delftware pottery. Displays include weights and measures and a replica 18th century clerk's office.
 
Allow at least half an hour for a visit.
 
Plan Your Visit
 
Disabled Access
Partially accessible. The upper floors are not wheelchair accessible, as they can only be reached by spiral staircases of roughly 40 steps. There is an induction hearing loop and access for Assistance Dogs.
 
Facilities
Wheelchair accessible small Coffee Shop and Gift Shop on the Ground Floor. Outdoor picnic area with views to Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament.
 
There is no parking available on the site. The nearest off site parking is the Abingdon Street underground carpark (managed by NCP), located roughly 400 metres away.
 
Opening Times
Open all year except December 24, 25, 26, and January 1.
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
 
Summer 10.00 - 18.00
October 10:00 - 17:00
Winter Sat & Sun ONLY 10.00 - 16.00
 
For up to date times go to Web: Jewel Tower Opening Times
 
Admission Costs
English Heritage Members - Free
For admission costs go to  Web: Jewell Tower/ Visiting
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)2072 222 219
 
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to the Jewel Tower, visit the Tfl Journey Planner.
 
- By Underground
Westminster Station Circle, District & Jubilee Lines
 
- By Bus
Many buses pass the Jewel Tower, a list of these buses is on the website of the Palace of Westminster Web: UK Parliament Map & Transport.
 
- By Open Top Bus Tour
Do not forget that Visitors can use their ‘Open Top’ sightseeing bus ticket to travel to 10 Downing Street and visit Horse Guards, The Banqueting House, the Houses of Parliament & Big Ben and Jewel Tower precinct.
 
 
Google Maps - Jewel Tower