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Tower of London changing of the keys ceremony-where do I contact?

Tower of London changing of the keys ceremony-where do I contact?

Old Jan 9th, 2001, 05:03 PM
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Tower of London changing of the keys ceremony-where do I contact?

I've read on this forum that the changing of the keys ceremony is one not to miss and that attending this needs to be requested via a letter, etc. Where do I contact for this? I did a net search on the Tower and none of the sites seem to have a section to request this. Help appreciated.
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 02:18 AM
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Try calling the British Tourist Authority, they have toll free #'s in New York and California and should be able to help. I went to the Ceremony of the Keys in 93 and recommend it to many people. The tickets take about 3-6 wks to arrive(at least this was the case 7 yrs. ago), you just let them know the time period you will be in the area.
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 04:13 AM
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Found the #'s for BTA in New York 1-800-GO 2 BRITAIN 0r (212) 986-2200 and Chicago(not California) 1-800 462-2748.
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 04:22 AM
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Hello Miguel,

I've just checked up on this for you and found:


The ceremony takes place daily from 21.35 - 22.05. For free admission, write to:

The Ceremony of the Keys,
Queen's House,
HM Tower of London,

- at least 2 months in advance. Enclose an international reply coupon or stamped addressed envelope, supplying names and addresses for all those wishing to visit, stating three alternative dates and including ages for under-18's." I hope this helps...

Steve James
Bath, U.K.
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 06:15 AM
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Wow, thanks Ginny and Steve for your help...
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 08:46 AM
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My understanding is that you should enclose two international reply coupons, not one, but I could be mistaken
Don't send a stamped envelope unless the stamps are good in the UK
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 10:36 AM
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I've just sent out the info. today express from the U.S. I'll be in London from Feb. 20-27 & am not sure whether the Tower staff typically reply by mail, to your hotel (which I was advised by the British tourist Authority to include info. for) relative to confirmation/denial of ticket requests. Is there a phone number to call to check on order status? Thanks.
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 04:32 PM
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Write to Ceremony of the Keys, 2nd Floor, Waterloo Block, HM Tower of London EC3N4AB. Include two international reply coupons (available at your post office).
Indicate the names and addresses of you and each member of your party, desired date and alternate dates and include a large, self-addressed envelope. Allow four to six weeks for a reply.
You are requested to arrive no later than 9:30pm, the ceremony actually begins at 9:55 and is finished by 10:05.
No photography is permitted.

In what is now a tradition over 700 years old, the Tower of London is locked up every night. Each of the Tower's gates is locked by a Yeoman Warder who wears the Beefeater's uniform, carries a lantern and is accompanied by an escort of foot guards. A small group of curious tourists who've secured tickets well in advance are led by a Warder to the Bloody Tower. At the archway by Bloody Tower a sentry challenges the Warder: "Halt! Who comes there?" "The Keys." "Whose keys?" "Queen Elizabeth's keys." "Advance, Queen Elizabeth's Keys. All's well!" The keys are then taken to the Queen's house. The entire ceremony encompasses only about fifteen to twenty minutes and is a fascinating introduction to one of the many purely British traditions.


Author: David White ([email protected])
Date: 5/05/2000, 11:54 am ET

Message: Please feel free to look at my article on the Ceremony. It is posted at:



Author: topper ([email protected])
Date: 9/07/2000, 7:17 pm ET

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Author: Elaine ([email protected])
Date: 9/08/2000, 10:51 pm ET

Message: pat,
went there about three weeks ago and thought it was facinating. My family (three kids ages 10,12 and 14)and I went to the Tower earlier in the day to see the jewels and the sights and then returned at night for the "locking up " ceremony. You must request passes ahead of time. I requested about 10 weeks earlier. Was rejected first time for lack of complete info. They want names, addresses, ages, relationships, dates. be very specific ! Worth the visit !
Do it !

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