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Tower of London, London

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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  • Spent a good few hours here on a Friday and was lovely and quiet. So much to see and learn about. The buildings themselves are stunning. Crown Jewels are fantastic and very well set out. Very informat...  more »
  • The structure itself is impressive: huge, very well-kept and stunning in its old beauty. We loved the tour with our beefeater Spike (#402) who made it really interesting and even funny, thumbs up for ...  more »
  • Worth the visit-we did the cruise that stopped in the Tower-the kids enjoyed the ride. Indico.
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  • Fascinating! It is struck by how everything is preserved! You pass through the gate and feel the times of the Tudors. Sometimes it becomes scary to think that there have been executions of great people. Pleases audio guide in different languages. It is available in use. Prices are acceptable. Scares are frightening, but it can be seasonal. I recommend.
  • The Tower of London is magnificent. I would definitely recommend taking one of the many guides tours offered every 30 minutes. Our guide made history come alive and it was far more enjoyable than doing it on our own. The line for the Crown Jewels is very long even in winter months, so expect a 30-45 minute wait. I thought it was worth the wait, but this could differ from person to person. The Kohinoor diamond on Elizabeth’s crown was amazing as advertised (although nicked from Indian sub continent) as were many of the other jewels and ceremonial armor. The grounds themselves are interesting, although the structure looks better from outside than from within.
  • This is a must see when in London! Allow yourself plenty of time as there is so much to see here (most of a day). I would recommend joining one of the groups to hear all the stories. Got to see the Crown Jewels here which was incredible. absolutely adore the Tower of London. In my opinion it’s the best place to visit in London and if I lived nearby I would visit more often.  I recommend the audio guide which I found very useful this time and gained far more information. It really is an outstanding historical place to see.  The only downside are the shops which are extremely overpriced!
  • Amazing experience inside with a lot to see! Doing the guided tour with the "Beefeater" is a must. But avoid going to the afternoon tour around 2. We didn't get to see everything as they closed relatively early and the tour took most of that time. Well worth it though, new exhibits on the way as well. Lots to learn about and there is something for everyone really from jewels, to weapons and armour. Great experience, just a bummer it closed as early as it did.
  • A living piece of history that still has active use, including the display of the Crown Jewels. Definitely take the Yeoman Warden guided tour that is included with the admission price. They are very knowledgeable and undergo a rigorous selection process to perform the duties of their role of the Queen's Guard. The Tower Ravens are famous, quite large, and seem to enjoy intimation of small children; they're quite a sight as well.

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Many of London's main attractions are spread out, so nearby public transportation is key. There is no downtown area as such in London, and some of the least expensive hotels have more convenient access to tourist sites than the costlier ones. For a quintessential London experience, consider staying in the West End. This part of town offers excellent theaters, historical sites, and eating and shopping options for every taste. Lodging won’t be cheap, but you’ll have the colorful variety of London life right at your doorstep. Look at Notting Hill or Chelsea for charming and less expensive boutique hotels and B&Bs.
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