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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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  • It is a well arrange attraction. Don't miss to join the briefing by the Beefeaters as it'll give you an understanding of the history of the Tower. It is still a magnificent attraction even though we h...  more »
  • The place is big and there's a lot to walk and many stairs to climb, but many of the spaces are uninteresting. Apart from the jewels and the armory, all of the rest is a waist of time.  more »
  • There is so much history to see, not to mention the Crown Jewels that you view from a moving walkway to avoid holdups in the queue. Beefeaters are so helpful and informative  more »
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  • Excellent introductory tour by one of the Yeoman's. Spent the whole day there. So much to see. Loved the White Tower and the Line of Kings, Crown Jewels, Medieval Palace, Chapel, Prison, Royal Mint and the Ravens. Very interesting history, and community inside grounds. Didn't see everything and need to revisit. Would recommend the audio guide as there is a lot of information to read. Ate toasties at the Armoury cafe. Very welcome on a cold day. Good facilities all around the site. Good gift shops too. Lots of stairs and cobbles so take care if mobility is an issue. Would really recommend spending the day there.
  • Wonderful experience! I had time to tour one attraction in the City of London and chose this. No regrets! Something for everyone here. I loved the chapels and the medieval palace. Wandering twisty passages and striding across the battlements would be great for kids, and the armouries are packed with fascinating weapons technology spanning the last 1000 years. The wardens ate knowledgeable and friendly. Go!
  • We really enjoyed our visit. I would definitely recommend The Tower of London to anyone. It's not expensive for what is on offer, you have a day of interesting history that would take you back to the beginning of London City. You would have a Royal Beefeater give you a tour, with lots of interesting facts about the the royalty who lived and died in the Tower. It's a must for the family day out!! There is also a good restaurant where you could get a good lunch and dessert, and great coffee to wash it down with. Toilet facilities and wheelchair friendly.
  • The thing I looked forward to most on my trip was seeing castles. This place was worth the cost of admission. Although crowded, it did not feel overly crowded. Sometimes you'd have to wait a few minutes to get into a tower's exhibit. For the Crown Jewels, it says outside in the queue 20 minutes, but it's another 20 minutes once you're inside. So it took me about 40 minutes of waiting and then I enjoyed the display for about 30 minutes. I actually really liked the tower next to the exit where they keep the crowns with the jewels removed. It gives you a better perspective of how many jewels are on these things. We did the free beefeater tour. But since it was so hot, we only went to the chapel to sit and listen. It was very informative and funny. Don't skip it. Overall I stayed about 4 hours to walk all the towers and look around. The food looked pretty good and reasonably priced but I didn't get any.
  • Enjoyed the tour! Make sure to avail the guided tour by the yeoman guard! Last one is 2:30pm. Best to enter early so you can still roam around after seeing the crown jewels, which is not in the main tower. The Main tower is a separate museum altogether with a dragon on the topmost floor and it's own souvenir shop at the basement.
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