A new immersive tour exploring 700 years of LGBT+ history at the Tower of London
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Join us during LGBT History Month to explore untold stories of the Tower through an immersive after-hours tour.
We’ll take you on a journey of queerness through history, combining creative storytelling with performance to explore the lives, loves and experiences of LGBT+ figures linked with the Tower of London, from the 14th Century to the present day.
Under the cover of darkness, guests will be co-hosted by a glamorous drag artist, dressed in fabulous attire inspired by the Tower of London’s ravens, and be taken on a journey across battlements and through historic archways. Along the way encounter a host of fascinating characters from King James I, to Piers Gaveston, a close favourite of the Medieval King Edward II.
Share your experience on social media with #Queerlives
British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted tours will run on Monday 24 February 2020 at the following times:
Please note Queer Lives at the Tower tours involve uneven, cobbled surfaces and multiple steps, including spiral staircases. Read more about accessibility at the Tower here and please contact us if you have any questions.
Queer Lives at the Tower is part of Historic Royal Palaces’ dedicated progamme of LGBT+ events in 2020 sharing the intriguing and little known stories of the royal courts.
Further LGBT+ tours will run at Hampton Court Palace with Queer Lives at Court, 19th April - 10th May. For the first time Kensington Palace will run series of LGBT+ tours with Queer Lives at the Palace, 28th June - 26th July, as part of Pride in London.
Queer Lives at the Tower is written by Chris Bush and directed by Tom Latter.