Exhibition – ‘Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill’ at the Tower of London (to 17 Jan 2010)


A stunning exhibition of Henry VIII’s personal arms and armour to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne in 1509.

The exhibition covers over three floors of the iconic White Tower, and has for the first time since the reign of Elizabeth I, the largest number of original weapons, armours and pieces of military equipment associated with Henry VIII.

Star items will include:

  • the stunningly decorated ‘Silvered and Engraved’ armour of King Henry VIII (about 1515)
  • the Wilton anime armour of about 1544 for Henry VIII
  • the extraordinary ‘Horned Helmet’ presented to King Henry VIII by the Emperor Maximilian I (1511-14)
  • the beautiful ‘Burgundian Bard’ horse armour of King Henry VIII (1511-15)

Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill’explores Henry the Sportsman, Henry the King, Henry the Warrior and Henry the Icon.

This dazzling exhibition will also give you access to Henry VIII’s most spectacular armour and personal weapons, including the only two sporting guns known to have survived from Henry VIII’s personal armoury, as well as examples of the experimental firearms such as the gun shields that he purchased to arm some of his troops.

Tower of London

Adults – £17.00
Concession – £14.50
Child – £9.50
Family – £47.00

A special 2009 joint ticket for both the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace gives a 20% discount on the combined price of both attractions.

For more information
Have a look at our ‘Places of Interest in London’ entry on the Tower of London