6:00PM
Guests arrive at the Tower of London via the West Gate and are met by a Yeoman Warder and taken on a short walking tour towards the Jewel House.

6:15PM
Guests enjoy a private viewing of the Crown Jewels before heading to the New Armouries and White Tower.

6:20PM
World Gunmakers Evening Reception held in the New Armouries.

9:30-10:00PM
Ceremony of the Keys – Tower grounds closed to guests and exhibitors.

10:15PM
World Gunmakers Evening Reception ends. Guests depart.


Ceremony of the Keys

The Tower still maintains centuries of colourful traditions. Best known is the ceremonial locking and unlocking of the gates of the fortress, which has taken place for centuries, and has become known as The Ceremony of the Keys.

The formal locking and unlocking of the Tower gates began on the orders of a furious Edward III. The King turned up unannounced at the Tower one night in December 1340 and walked straight in, unchallenged! After imprisoning the Constable of the Tower, Edward de la Beche, for dereliction of duty, Edward decreed that the castle should be locked at sunset and unlocked at sunrise.

During the Ceremony, guests will be confined to the Tower, but will free to depart once the guardsmen have completd their duties.