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Tower of London, London

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Explore one of the world's most famous castles and immerse yourself in British history at Tower of London. William the Conqueror originally built the castle in 1066, and today it stands perfectly preserved on the north bank of the River Thames. Start your visit in the White Tower. Frequently mentioned in Shakespeare's plays, the main tower features smaller projecting corner towers that lend it a distinctive medieval appearance. Inside, you'll encounter the 11th-century Chapel of St. John the Evangelist and the Royal Armouries collection of medieval weapons. Next, head for the crown jewels exhibit, which houses 23,578 royal gems. Here you can discover how the British coronation ceremony employs specific jewels--such as the Coronation Spoon--and the symbolism of each item. The tower includes a handful of other notable exhibits, including one showing how prisoners were kept and another detailing the history of the Royal Mint. The price of your ticket includes a free tour with a Beefeater, a retired sergeant major from the British Army, so make sure you take this opportunity to hear entertaining stories from the site's history. Each evening you can watch the 800-year-old Ceremony of the Keys, when guards lock the site. If you visit in winter, you can ice-skate on the moat. Put Tower of London and other London attractions into our London online trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Excellent day at the Tower. Well worth every Penny. I was Scott Kelly tour. Very amusing fellow. He kept the kids entertained as well. His descriptions of the bloody side of the tower were awesome... 
    Excellent day at the Tower. Well worth every Penny. I was Scott Kelly tour. Very amusing fellow. He kept the kids entertained as well. His descriptions of the bloody side of the tower were awesome...  more »
  • Very disappointing, lots of displays with minimal explanations aimed most at children. Many school parties and visitors. 
    Very disappointing, lots of displays with minimal explanations aimed most at children. Many school parties and visitors.  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit to the Tower of London, it was my daughters favorite tour. The Beefeaters are both knowledgeable and quite funny during the tour! 
    We enjoyed our visit to the Tower of London, it was my daughters favorite tour. The Beefeaters are both knowledgeable and quite funny during the tour!  more »
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  • A wonderful day out for the family. I attended with my wife and thoroughly enjoyed the historic spectacle that Tower of London offers. We were given a fantastic tour of the Tower by Yeoman Warder Beefy409. The tour was without doubt the highlight of the day. A wonderful presentation was given by Scott. It was really informative with a perfect balance of history and humor. We can't wait to visit again with the children in the future. Thanks!
  • Great Place i was there year ago. And i spend best day. Place is big and important in British History. Like Ravens. Legend Say, That How long Ravens Will be in the Tower of London that Long British Empire will be exist. If somebody like history so it's perfect place for him.
  • Remove all thoughts of moving quickly or not being bumped. Now if you have zero expectations of decent human interaction and like stairs. This tour is for you. You will be shoulder to shoulder and you will be in tight stairs and there will be a ton of people. With that being said this place is cool as H*^!. The history is just awesome. The tour is neat and what you see inside is amazing.
  • For £28 it was an great experience to see landmarks narrate dramatic, detailed stories of the city’s past — the Tower of London is one. It pays a glorious homage to the British Monarchy and impact of the Church on the country’s politics and history. The turn of each corner narrates rare stories across the spectrum, be it of the English Kings and Queens who once ruled, to a grittier side of prisoners and executions
  • It was a fabulous day out !!!!! We did the audio tour, for the small fee which I recommend, we did a tour with one the Yeoman of the guards/Beefeater this to is very highly recommended as they are highly skilled and knowledgeable. All the staff were friendly and helpful. The grounds and amenities were clean and tidy. The views both within the tower grounds and over London were fabulous. You will need a full day to visit the Tower and all it has to offer, it's fun, it's sad and it's educational. The Tower of London comes highly recommended.

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