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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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  • The Tower of London is full of ghosts and spooky feels. A lot has happened there through the years and no matter how sensitive or not you are, it's impossible not to feel something. If you want an.....  more »
  • I enjoyed my visit at the Tower very much! The tour I attended was very insightful and I enjoyed learning about this interesting site of history. I spent about 2.5 hours here and I think it was worth....  more »
  • We enjoyed exploring London over Thanksgiving. The Christmas decorations were up so we enjoyed those at night. Tower of London was entertaining, we spent about 3 hours there including a great...  more »
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  • Great place to visit. It helps if you have some understanding of British history. The arms and armor display was very impressive. The crown jewels were amazing. The guides were very informative. Great fun, educational, and interesting visit. Kids loved it.
  • Definitely worth seeing. Take the free tour at the start with the Queen's Guard. Very informative and really makes the tour wonderful. Our guard was a riot. To see it all you need several hours. Make this a day trip to give yourself plenty of time to see everything. There are lots of stairs so bring your sensible shoes. 😊 We walked the Thames river path to get there from Westminster. There are also water shuttles (not cruise) rides very affordable that come every 15 minutes. We took it back. Very relaxing. It uses tap (debit/credit) cards but you must have one per person so I'm not sure how that works when traveling with children, I'm sure they have a solution so just ask at the desk.
  • This is a great attraction to see with so much to see and do. The crown jewels are a great part and they are so great. The yeoman warden tour is great, it is very entertaining and full of great history. The yeoman warder was very entertaining and i really enjoyed. This is a great attraction for all. Well worth a visit.
  • Fascinating place to visit! The walk through is clearly labeled and easy to follow and full of information. Staff are really friendly and helpful. I really recommend going on one of the yeoman led tours, it really brings the place to life. Best to come early and plan to stay late as there is lots to see and do. The cafe's on site provide a good range of food, drinks and snacks. Lots of places to grab a souvenir too.
  • Such an interesting place to visit. The beefeater talk was v informative all about the history of the site. So much to see you need a minimum 4 hours. Highlight was the crown jewels in all their splendour. Fantastic to see them so close up. The walk round the settlements gave some great views and I loved visiting all the towers on the way round.

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