Jewel Tower

Jewel Tower The Jewel Tower dates back to 1365 and is the last surviving free-standing part of the medieval palace of Westminster.
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The tower was originally built in 1365 to store the personal treasures of King Edward III. It was used by his successors up until the reign of Edward VI, before it was given to Parliament in the 1500s to house the records for the House of Lords. The tower was later handed over to the Government, when the Department for Weights and Measures used it as their base. The imperial measurements were all standardised here, including the infamous Great British Pint, that all pints still conform to today. Come visit us today, to see a remarkable medieval survival in the heart of Westminster.

Operating as usual

20/08/2020

Did you know that we've now reopened many of our historic sites for you to explore? 🎉

Why not make the most of your time in London and combine your visit to us with a trip to the stunning Apsley House with its glittering interiors and then walk around the corner to see the impressive Wellington Arch?

Advanced booking is essential, follow the links below to book your visits. We can't wait to see you!

Jewel Tower ➡️ http://bit.ly/JewelTowerLondon

Wellington Arch ➡️ http://bit.ly/WellingtonArchLondon

Apsley House ➡️ http://bit.ly/ApsleyHouseLondon

We're delighted to be reopening today 🎉 We've been working hard to welcome you back safely!Some things may be a little d...
01/08/2020

We're delighted to be reopening today 🎉 We've been working hard to welcome you back safely!

Some things may be a little different to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable visit. Find out more in our FAQs
➡️ https://bit.ly/3eKR1NF

Our tickets are selling out fast so if you'd like to join us soon, book now
➡️ https://bit.ly/3hskWfp

We’ll be opening again from 1st August! 🙌 We can’t wait to see you and want to share some important information.You’ll n...
20/07/2020

We’ll be opening again from 1st August! 🙌 We can’t wait to see you and want to share some important information.

You’ll need to book tickets in advance: https://bit.ly/3hskWfp . You’ll only be able visit if you’ve pre-booked and you’ll need to arrive during your time slot.

👫 To help keep everyone safe, some things may be a little different when you visit. You can find out what to expect https://bit.ly/3eKR1NF.

Hello everyone! 👋 We know lots of you are excited to visit again and we can’t wait to see you!📅 For now, Jewel Tower rem...
05/06/2020

Hello everyone! 👋 We know lots of you are excited to visit again and we can’t wait to see you!
📅 For now, Jewel Tower remains closed. We’re reopening our sites in phases. Some will open on 13 June, followed by others in early July and the rest in August. As soon as we’re able to confirm a reopening date for Jewel Tower, we’ll let you know.
🎟 We’ll be asking you to book in advance and arrive during your time slot. Things might also be a little different when you visit and we’ll let you know what to expect.
We’ve missed you and we’re looking forward to welcoming you back.

ℹ️ In line with government guidelines, our staffed sites remain closed. It’s now clear that we’ll not be able to re-open...
18/03/2020

ℹ️ In line with government guidelines, our staffed sites remain closed. It’s now clear that we’ll not be able to re-open on 1 May as we’d originally hoped. Instead we’ll re-open as soon as government advice allows and only when we can ensure everyone’s safety.

10/11/2019

The Jewel Tower will be observing the two minute silence at 11am today. We invite all our guests to joins us.

The Jewel Tower is currently closed as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II comes to the Palace of Westminster for the State O...
14/10/2019

The Jewel Tower is currently closed as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II comes to the Palace of Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament.

We shall be reopening this afternoon.

11/10/2019

⚠️ Please note that Jewel Tower will be closed on Monday 14th October 2019 until 1pm due to the State Opening of Parliament. We apologise for any inconvenience. ⚠️

Did you know that at 10am today (20/09/2019) all single Emerge Festival London night tickets for over 30s are now only £...
20/09/2019

Did you know that at 10am today (20/09/2019) all single Emerge Festival London night tickets for over 30s are now only £20?

Visit us on (27/09/2019) and have a go at seeing if you can uncover the Tower’s secrets in our fun escape room and then treat yourself to a delicious drink at Wellington Arch’s gin bar.

Don't miss out! Tag your friends and book now ➡️ http://bit.ly/2jUdJMK

Step back in time with us, as part of the Emerge Festival, to 1834 when a fire was reported in the Palace of Westminster...
04/09/2019

Step back in time with us, as part of the Emerge Festival, to 1834 when a fire was reported in the Palace of Westminster.

The Jewel Tower itself should be safe but you must uncover a secret that is woven into the fabric of the building itself – the hiding place of Edward III’s lost jewels. The truth will lie within the architecture and scrolls locked within the tower but, can you work as a team to decode the mystery before the jewels are lost forever?

Friday 27th September 2019 6pm - 9pm. Get your tickets now ➡️ http://bit.ly/2jUdJMK

The Jewel Towers garden is host to a brand new set of panels, interpreting our exciting story and tales of the lost Pala...
12/08/2019

The Jewel Towers garden is host to a brand new set of panels, interpreting our exciting story and tales of the lost Palace of Westminster.

For the past three weeks here at Jewel Tower we have kept a small section of our garden closed in order to protect a nes...
22/07/2019

For the past three weeks here at Jewel Tower we have kept a small section of our garden closed in order to protect a nest of little robins.

They have now fledged and we have five new red-breasted neighbours.

Happy Pride! We send a warm welcome to everyone coming to London for today’s Pride celebration.
06/07/2019

Happy Pride! We send a warm welcome to everyone coming to London for today’s Pride celebration.

Today is the 98th Birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh. The Jewel Tower sends loyal congratulations to His Royal Highness.
10/06/2019

Today is the 98th Birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh. The Jewel Tower sends loyal congratulations to His Royal Highness.

Today is the official birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The Jewel Tower sends many loyal congratulations.
08/06/2019

Today is the official birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The Jewel Tower sends many loyal congratulations.

Toast the finale of Game of Thrones in style with a traditionally crafted Abbey Horn cup, as used in the series.The perf...
19/05/2019

Toast the finale of Game of Thrones in style with a traditionally crafted Abbey Horn cup, as used in the series.

The perfect companion for our English Heritage Traditional Mead, both are available in the Jewel Tower gift shop.

We are currently open everyday, from 10am to 6pm.

This weekend why not take advantage of the view of the Victoria Tower from the gardens of the Jewel Tower. Currently the...
12/05/2019

This weekend why not take advantage of the view of the Victoria Tower from the gardens of the Jewel Tower.

Currently the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) is covered by scaffolding, however you can gain a clear view of parliament from our gardens and windows.

We are currently open everyday from 10am until 6pm.

Last week our 14th century rib vaulted ceiling had an extensive and well deserved clean by our conservation team. The ca...
08/05/2019

Last week our 14th century rib vaulted ceiling had an extensive and well deserved clean by our conservation team. The carved bosses you can see on our ground floor have been keeping watch on all who have entered the Jewel Tower over the past 654 years.

Today you can discover many original features within the Jewel Tower and the history of the Palace of Westminster, we are currently open everyday from 10am to 6pm.

The Jewel Tower sends loyal and delighted congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on th...
06/05/2019

The Jewel Tower sends loyal and delighted congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their son.

With the flag of St. George flying over the Jewel Tower, Happy St. George’s day to all
23/04/2019

With the flag of St. George flying over the Jewel Tower, Happy St. George’s day to all

On this Easter Sunday the Jewel Tower wishes all a Happy Easter and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II a happy 93rd birthday...
21/04/2019

On this Easter Sunday the Jewel Tower wishes all a Happy Easter and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II a happy 93rd birthday.

Despite ongoing road closures around Westminster the Jewel Tower is still open to visitors.We are currently open everyda...
18/04/2019
Jewel Tower

Despite ongoing road closures around Westminster the Jewel Tower is still open to visitors.

We are currently open everyday from 10am until 6pm, please see the English Heritage website for more details

https://bit.ly/2XkG1OH

The Jewel Tower, or 'King's Privy Wardrobe', was built c.1365 to house Edward III's treasures.

14/03/2019

⚠️ Please note that on 17th March Jewel Tower will be closed while there are important building works to our cafe. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. ⚠️

Today The Jewel Tower marks Commonwealth Day by flying its flag.
11/03/2019

Today The Jewel Tower marks Commonwealth Day by flying its flag.

Today these windows, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and installed in 1719, leave The Jewel Tower for the first time in...
02/03/2019

Today these windows, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and installed in 1719, leave The Jewel Tower for the first time in 300 years.

They are being taken across the road to Parliament’s conservation team who will give them a well earned restoration.

The windows will return to their home at the end of March

Here at The Jewel Tower we remember PC Keith Palmer killed in the terrorist attack of 2017 in Westminster. A new memoria...
24/02/2019

Here at The Jewel Tower we remember PC Keith Palmer killed in the terrorist attack of 2017 in Westminster.

A new memorial has been placed nearby in his honour.

The Palace of Westminster, including The Jewel Tower, is the home to colonies of crows and magpies – often, but not alwa...
19/01/2019

The Palace of Westminster, including The Jewel Tower, is the home to colonies of crows and magpies – often, but not always, co-exisiting harmoniously. At The Jewel Tower we periodically find birds dead in our garden whether from fights, fright or failed flight. After discovering a very large expired crow lying directly across our front door we wondered how that might be interpreted in centuries past. And who better to tell us than Professor Mary Beard?

So we personally asked her and this is what she said:

“Interesting… Crows and ravens seem to have a portentious role in a great many cultures. Roman priests would read the auspices (literally from Latin for bird-watching) and report on these before important decisions of state were made. The auspices were messages from the Gods.”

And then Professor Beard gave us some bad news…

“A dead crow would certainly not be considered to be a good omen.”

Oh dear!

“But thankfully, “ she reassured us, “we no longer base important decisions on such sightings!”

With that explained there is no reason for anyone to fear a trip to the heart of historic Westminster! The Jewel Tower is open every weekend.

The Jewel Tower’s flag, together with all flags across Whitehall, is flying at half mast today in memory of President Ge...
01/12/2018

The Jewel Tower’s flag, together with all flags across Whitehall, is flying at half mast today in memory of President George H W Bush.

Our iron door bears the date 1621 along with the initials IR, in Latin this stands for Iacoubus Rex, which in English tr...
24/11/2018

Our iron door bears the date 1621 along with the initials IR, in Latin this stands for Iacoubus Rex, which in English translates to King James.

This door was used to protect the Acts of Parliament held at the Jewel Tower and was part of an early attempt to fireproof the building.

11/11/2018

Today, on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice The Jewel Tower will be observing the the two minute silence. We invite all our guests and visitors to joins us at 11am.

This image from February 1949 shows the second main support beam of our roof being prepared to be put into place. The ro...
10/11/2018

This image from February 1949 shows the second main support beam of our roof being prepared to be put into place.

The roof of the Jewel Tower was restored as part of an extensive restoration project between 1948 and 1956.

The Jewel Tower will be open every weekend, from 10am until 4pm until next April. We look forward to welcoming you to th...
31/10/2018

The Jewel Tower will be open every weekend, from 10am until 4pm until next April.

We look forward to welcoming you to the home of King Edward III.

The Jewel Tower sends congratulations to Princess Eugenie of York on the occasion of her wedding.
12/10/2018

The Jewel Tower sends congratulations to Princess Eugenie of York on the occasion of her wedding.

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Juliet Marie, if you are still a member we can go here when we go Westminster