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Tower of London, London

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Historic Site
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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  • Definitely recommend a visit, and please take the beefeater tour. They are very very informative and entertaining, they not last about an hour and then you can continue to explore on your own. Beautif...  more »
  • I recently came back from London and experienced so much. One of the best experiences was the Tower Bridge Experience. I purchased the London Pass and the Tower Bridge Experience was included in that....  more »
  • Tower of London is definitely worth a visit. Once we got inside I was happy to be there. I bought tickets online and printed out the barcode that was emailed to me, thinking this would help us get in ...  more »
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  • Surprisingly good value for money and super family friendly. I went with my 7 year old son as part of a trip to London we had a fantastic time. We rented the audio guides which I would recommend highly. There is so much history and all very well laid out which is very appealing for children. There are plenty of places to buy souvenirs and gifts within the Castle and get something to eat and a cup of coffee. A highlight were the crown jewels which have to be seen to be believed. There are some very good value for money places to get something to eat just outside Castle and a Subway sandwich shop which was a big hit with my son. Is it cheaper to buy your tickets on the Internet before you turn up.
  • Probably the most historic place in the whole of London. Great full day out for the family well worth the money. Beefeater tours highly recommended.Visit the chapel.. full of history and burial place of too many too mention. Crown Jewels awesome. Loads to do and see. Great views of Tower Bridge, the river, HMS Belfast and the Shard. Cafe really good value in the castle. Toilets are excellent - cleanest we've ever seen.
  • Great place but slightly annoyed by the voluntary donation added to the entrance price which I asked to be removed. Cafe was very reasonably priced, kids lunchbox £5 and we had a hearty soup and roll for £6 each. Ample toilets. Great free tour from Clive the beefeater lots of fab stories. Great digital missions we did on an app for children. Ditched crown jewels queue to long but we will go back and just do that. Travelled as 2 adults and 1 child.
  • Great place to visit! We went on the Saturday, Easter weekend (apparently the busiest day of the year) The queue for the crown jewels was very long but did keep moving and a must see.. White Tower was very interesting but beware as there are LOADS of stairs, we were exhausted after this!! Torture room queue was also long, but to be honest there are literally only 3 items to see in there so probably not worth the wait if the wait is too long (but again it did move quite quickly!) Yeoman tour is a must, they are very knowledgeable, funny and really made our day! Food is pricey so maybe take a packed lunch if there are a few of you. We spent 5 hrs there.. Overall a good day out.
  • Wonderful place to see, don't miss it. We loved going the castle walls walk through the various buildings. The each building had a write-up of its colorful history. You certainly feel like you're in a medieval castle. It is worth every penny of its entrance fee. There are so many things to see and know about England's history.