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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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  • Loved this place. I was so impressed. We had a guided tour with one of the warders. He was very funny and very knowledgeable. I went with my husband and would love to go back and take our daughter. It...  more »
  • It's not often you get to see a castle in the middle of a major city that is almost 1000 years old. Many people associate this with a prison, but it actually housed the royal family for centuries as i...  more »
  • Great day out. If you have a buggy park it in the special area and carry small kids. It will be a tiring day but worth it. It can get crowded but still good. Ticket quite high but you get a lot.  more »
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  • The Quintessential London visit. Not to be missed. Must join a Yeoman warders tour! Must see the crown jewels. The staff are helpful and considerate with mobility challenged individuals. They love to answer questions and educate you. The cobbles are tricky underfoot and there are many steps to access the different areas. The white tower has a mobility lift but only to access the shop downstairs which is not terribly useful. However overall it's well worth the effort if just to watch the Ravens play and gobble their meat.
  • This was such a great time! I didn't even really want to go that badly but I enjoyed every minute once I was there. The Yeoman Warder who led our tour did a fantastic job. The reenactments of attacks on the tower were hilarious and informative. Fun for all ages, and SO much to see and do!
  • What a fantastic place! It is expensive, but it is run by a charity and the upkeep must be enormous. I was taking my 7 year old for the first time. She had a wonderful time. There is lots to look at, interactive displays for children. The history of the place is felt everywhere. The yeoman warders are amusing and provide amusing, factual tours (no extra cost). The only queue was for the Crown jewels, but these are well worth the wait. We had a wonderful day out and will definitely be returning.
  • As someone who is obsessed with English history, this was the tour I needed my whole life. They made it easy to ask questions and there's so much to see! Plan for a few hours and know that the entrance fee is worth it if you genuinely care about what you're going to see. My only disappointments were that I couldn't get closer to the queen's house portion of the tower and that the torture section wasn't more expansive. But we learned a lot and it was great!
  • If you can visit only one tourist attraction in Britain, this has to be it. The entry fee is pretty hefty, but there is masses to see. I think you need at least three hours. The cafe is good and not too expensive, so if you tire easily, plan to take a break half way through. The exhibition s are really well done, and I can recommend the beefeater guided tour.

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