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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. By using our London vacation builder, you can arrange your visit to Tower of London and other attractions in London.
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  • Afternoon fun and full of surprises with my son teen. A journey in time and a history lesson, profound and entertaining.
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  • Well a sunny day makes all the difference here as you need to walk around outside a lot of it. The displays were well set up and maintained and the queuing system they had in place for the Crown Jewel...  more »
  • The Tower of London is probably more suited to Adults as there is A LOT of reading required to fully understand the Tower of London. 
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  • The Armory is well worth a look. Recommend you get there as early as possible to beat the crowds. The entry charge is a little pricey, but you can't visit the UK without seeing the Tower of London. Australians can use their current Seniors and Pension Cards for discounted entry, just remember to ask!
  • Circling the walls from the outside and viewing the line of people wanting to get in you expect there is some magical place inside. Unfortunately for all its history, it in disappointingly bland. Yes the crown jewels are a sight, but you need to join the conveyor belt of masses to get to view them. The museum building with a few floors of ancient history and costumes again is nice, but other than that for the entry price the place is missing some cohesive historical atmosphere We're expat locals and it took us 7 years before deciding we had better check it out. Must say that we didn't regret waiting.
  • Beautiful architecture, a must see. Between the crown jewels which include the world's largest diamond, the guardians still living in the castle and the rich history absorbed in the walls of this place there's so much to experience. We spent an entire day here and that was perfect. We also took the guided tour which was hilarious and informative
  • Incredible history here. 2 days wasn't enough for us to take it all in. The crown jewels were well worth the visit. We did the walking tour which was excellent and very informative. Just an awesome experience!
  • Long overdue item on the to-do list. Good value for money. The tourist guide a little to cliché-ic but I guess entertaining enough but it does depend on the guide you join.