Tower of London Wheelchair Accessibility
Tower of London wheelchair access is challenging but doable. Compared to the other major tourist sites in London, this attraction has more accessibility challenges due to cobblestones and several buildings that can only be accessed by steps.
The majority of the Tower of London has steps but access to the Crown Jewels is step-free. Getting to the Crown Jewels will require navigating about 200 m of cobblestones (3 star smoothness) going in an out, and about 200 m going up a smooth hill when leaving (3 star slope).
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Guards stand by to protect the crown jewels. Group guided tours are available but they require going over cobblestones and up flight(s) of stairs.
Cobblestones in the Tower of London are shown on the left. These have 3 star smoothness and will really slow down a wheelchair user. The picture on the right shows some bumpy ground in the courtyard. The cobblestones at the entrance are shown in the bottom left.
The guided tour goes up this flight of stairs. This is where we turned around and went up the street located 1 block to the east.
Accessible route from then entrance of the Tower of London to the Crown Jewels:
Is there a Tower of London wheelchair accessible entrance? Yes, step-free access at the southwest corner of the building.
Is the door push/pull, revolving, automated by a button, or motion activated? There is no door at the entrance.
Where is the closest place that cars/taxis can drop-off people? SW of building on Lower Thames St, 4 Star Sage Flatness slope leads 70 m to entrance
What are the nearby tube stations? Tower Hill
What bus lines pass nearby? Bus Routes: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1, some have wheelchair access.
Are there cobblestones or hills leading to the entrance? Yes, there is a Sage 3 Star Flatness slope leading 170 meters from Tower Hill Terrace Street to the north down to entrance.
What percentage of the attraction can be viewed without having to go up steps? 20%
Which parts are not accessible? All buildings have steps except for the one with the crown jewels.
Chapel of St. Peter Advincula: 4 steps, Constable Tower: 6 steps, White Tower: 40+ steps, Bloody Tower: 55 steps, Medieval Palace: 24 steps, Wall Walk: 162 steps, Torture at the Tower exhibit: 61 steps, Beauchamp Tower: 80 steps.
The courtyard is mainly covered by cobblestones (Sage 3 Star Flatness). Some cobblestones can be avoided by getting up a curb to the sidewalk. It is 350 meters from entrance to paved area in front of crown jewel building.
Are there loaner wheelchairs? Yes
Is there an accessible bathroom? Yes
Is the door wide enough for a wheelchair? Yes
Are there grab bars? Yes
Is there a space to position a wheelchair next to the toilet? Yes
Are there guided tours that don’t have to go up steps? No, the 60 min tours start every 30 min but go up about 20 steps
Does advance notice need to be given for…
…handicapped parking? No
…opening of an accessible entrance? No
…loaner wheelchairs? No
…accessible tours? No
Is there a discount for someone with a disability and/or their companion? Free for companion of disabled person
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 9-18:00, Sun-Mon 10-18:00.
How many hours do most able-bodied tourists spend there on their first visit? Tourists avoiding steps only have 60 min worth of sights to see
Address: Tower Hill,EC3N 4 London, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)870 7566060
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