Jewel Tower

The Jewel Tower is a 14th century building that remains one of the few original survivors of the Royal Palace of Westminster. It was built around 1365 to house the private treasure of Edward III. The tower is a Grade Listed three storey-crenellated stone building that was originally protected by its own moat that linked […]

The Jewel Tower is a 14th century building that remains one of the few original survivors of the Royal Palace of Westminster.

It was built around 1365 to house the private treasure of Edward III. The tower is a Grade Listed three storey-crenellated stone building that was originally protected by its own moat that linked to the Thames.

The tower remained in Royal usage as the treasure vault until 1512, when a fire broke out causing Henry VIII to relocate the royal court to Whitehall.

By the end of the 16th century, the House of Lords used the tower for storage of parliamentary records. It remained as the Lord’s records office through the 18th century until a terrible fire yet again at Westminster, causing the Lords to relocate to a purposely constructed archive.

The Jewel Tower is now managed by English Heritage and is open to the public as a museum.

Open Hours

MONDAY : CLOSED

TUESDAY : CLOSED

WEDNESDAY : CLOSED

THURSDAY : CLOSED

FRIDAY : CLOSED

SATURDAY : 10.00 – 4.00

SUNDAY : 10.00 – 4.00

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