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Review: Tower of London

Attraction - Castles & places of worship

London , EC3N 4AB, United Kingdom

Ceremony of the Keys

  • By SilverTraveller nicknickn

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  • September 2019
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The Tower of London is fabulous during the day, so I do recommend that you go. However, even better is that every night the Tower is locked with great pomp and it is possible to be one of the few people who witness this. The numbers are limited to around 40 people. It is free to attend but usually booked about a year ahead.

It is said to be the oldest military ceremony in the world and a magical experience. It sounds like a long way in advance, but book it and the time will soon pass and then you will have a London experience that few people see.

We had dinner before in a nearby restaurant and it was a spectacular finale to our evening.

Well worth it! We loved it!

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  • ESW
    4 months ago
    Thank you. That is really interesting - and definitely something to add to my 'todo' list.
  • nicknickn
    4 months ago
    Hi ESW, The whole thing lasts about thirty minutes. There are yeomen of the guards in full regalia shouting archaic lines to each other and the passing of keys and the locking of gates. There is a guard walking with you explaining what is happening and the historical reasons for what is happening. It is a ceremonial event, which reminded me of watching the opening of parliament on TV - except in this case it all happens in front of you . Very traditionally British and unlike any other event in London- also because there are so few attendees, you have a perfect view of it as it unfolds.
  • ESW
    4 months ago
    I've never been to see the Ceremony of the Keys, please do tell me more about it and what actually happens. How long does it take?