Jewel Tower is one of the few elements of the Palace of Westminster to survive from the 14th century and is one of only two medieval buildings to survive the 1834 fire in the Palace of Westminster.
The three-storey tower was built between 1365 and 1366 to house Edward III’s personal treasure and is protected by a moat.
It is one of the few buildings in London to remain from medieval times.
What to see at Jewel Tower
A visit to the Jewel Tower lets you see the medieval structure including the ornate ceiling carvings that date from the 14th century.
Visitors can also see an exhibition about the history of the tower including a model of the medieval Palace of Westminster and replicas of objects kept in the tower. There are also displays about the history of weights and measures and the tower’s role is housing the country’s master weights and measures that all others were compared against.
Visiting Jewel Tower
Jewel Tower is located immediately south of Westminster Abbey. It is a five-minute walk to Westminster tube station and a 10-minute walk to St James’s Park tube station.
Compared to nearby attractions, the Jewel Tower is relatively small and you should be able to see it all in just 30–45 minutes.
The tower is conveniently located for exploring other attractions around Westminster including the Houses of Parliament (which is right across the road), Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) and the Churchill War Rooms.