Tower of London, London
Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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. By using our London vacation builder, you can arrange your visit to Tower of London and other attractions in London.
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This is a must see place while in London, we went here in the early morning so it's not crowded. We will be back!
My wife and I visited via the hop on hop off bus. Really cool got to walk the property and see the Royal Crown Jewels! Lots of history and things to see and learn!
Lleno de historias, sin duda una visita obligada! muy recomendables las audioguias en caso de que no cuenten con algún tour en su idioma.Full of stories, definitely a must-see! very recommended the audioguides should not have with any tour in your language.show original
Home of the Crown Jewels and the Royal gold and precious stones collection. Always better to start her and to then move on to other sites in this attraction, to save time. Once you have done this, you can then head to the Tower Bridge. Highly recommended. Credit cards accepted. Please look out for 2 for 1 discounts, if you travel on South West trains. Ask at ticket counters for more information.
A must if visiting London. The Beefeater tour is informative and funny. The Crown Jewels are interesting, but were not the highlight I expected them to be. The armoury was brilliant. My 11 year old daughter found lots of "hands-on" things to do which were quite educational. And if you are a photographer then there are thousands of photo opportunities here.
A must-visit attraction if you're ever in London. It's pricey, but everything is included in the admission, so take your time and you'll get your money's worth. We visited outside of peak time and not in the school holidays so it was busy, but not horribly so. The Beefeater tours are a highlight, but they do attract a big crowd. You'd be better walking around at your own pace and dropping in/out of the tours as you see them.
Nice to learn about the history of such an important place. If you have the time or if it's convenient, take the free Beefeater guided tour - you can learn quite a bit of history of the Tower and people who have been kept in it as prisoners. The Crown Jewels albeit looking nice, were a bit underwhelming, but the rest of the Tower had interesting displays and information. Crowds build up around midday, so it is best to go in the morning when the tower opens.
This tour is an absolute must when visiting London. I suggest taking the Beefeater tour with John if you can. He throws in a little humor for the married couples in the audience. Reading the plaques about the Crows' diet will make you think twice about letting them get close to you. Only drawback, a lot of stairwells, displays, and rooms are blocked off or empty. Many armoured horses are just horses...
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