When: 5th August – 11th November 2014
Where: Tower of London, London
PLEASE NOTE: Tours for the Sea of Poppies have now finished. The 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation will be dismantled by a team of 8,000 volunteers from Wednesday 12th November onwards. Some of the poppies will remain at the Tower of London until the end of November, before embarking on a tour of the country.
Don't miss your chance to visit the poignant new display of poppies at the Tower of London, in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of World War 1. Our coach tours visit London's newest attraction 'Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red', which is in the process of being installed in the dry moat of London’s most famous prison and was designed by artist Paul Cummins after reading the will of a soldier who went off to fight.
When finished, the display nicknamed 'the sea of poppies' will consist of an astounding 888,246 red ceramic poppies, one for every British and Colonial soldier killed during World War 1.
Each poppy being installed is hand sculpted and is being planted by a team of volunteers, among famous figures such as the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The installations began on the 5th August, one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the war and will continue being planted until the 11 November 2014 (Remembrance Day).
During the First World War over 1,600 men swore an oath to the crown at the Tower of London after enlisting for the British Army. It was also used as a military depot and a ceremonial setting-off point for some regiments during this time.
The Sea of Poppies is viewable without paying to enter the Tower of London, however whilst there it is the perfect opportunity to visit and explore some of London's Royal history including viewing the famous Crown Jewels.
Our handful of Sea of Poppies tours allow you to take in this amazing sight, as well as key sights in and around London. Our most popular 2 day-package from only £109 per person departs from Southern pickup points and includes entrance to the Tower of London as well as a visit to the recently modernised Imperial War Museum. We also feature a 3-day Sea of Poppies break from Northern pickup points, as well as a trip taking in Afternoon Tea at the Houses of Parliament and a visit to the Royal Air Force Museum.
Address: Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB
How to get there: All coach packages will include transfers which will stop as close as possible to the Tower of London.
If you are making your own way to the Sea of Poppies you can catch the London Underground to Tower Hill (Circle & District Line). When using Overground trains the nearest stations are Fenchurch Street or London Bridge.
There are also many bus routes which stop at the Tower of London.