900 years of history are embraced within the thick, turreted walls of the Tower of London. Founded in 1066, William the ... More
Tower of London
900 years of history are embraced within the thick, turreted walls of the Tower of London. Founded in 1066, William the Conqueror built the majestic White Tower that still rises above the Thames. Tours given by the Yeoman Warders, or Beefeaters, shed light on the Tower's fascinating and often macabre history. Even though the violent years are long gone, an aura of death and medieval torture remains. The main attractions for most visitors are the breathtaking Crown Jewels. Also a tourist draw are the ravens; according to folklore, if they ever leave, Britain will fall prey to foreign invasion. For booking tickets, call +44 20 3166 6000 or +44 20 3166 6755
I know this is a big tourist stop, but for good reason: it's quite a sight. I spent 4 hours wandering around the Tower with an audio guide, and it was some of the most magical time I spent in London. Highly recommended, and again- if you're not already on a guided tour- go for the audio guide.
The Tower of London is a must for any first-time visitor to London or England. The Tower of London is really Castle located in the City of London. The place is historical and you may take advantage of the complimentary tour by the Yeoman Warder and spend the rest of the day exploring the other sights on the grounds.
The castle grounds are small, so do not expect a huge venue. You could easily spend 3 hours here. I recommend checking out In the White Tower, Crown Jewels and Fortress.
The White Tower’s fearsome exterior conceals some hidden gems, such as Henry VIII’s armour and the beautiful 11th-century Chapel of St John the Evangelist.
In the Crown Jewels you will see just Royal Family's collection. Be dazzled by the 23,578 gems that make up the Crown Jewels, including the glistening Imperial State Crown, which alone has 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and 5 rubies.
In the Fortress you can walk and experience where battles took place.
The Tower of London is like a mini-theme Park for the historically/museum inclined. Do not expect any thrilling or awe-inspiring entertainment. I still recommend it for anyone from backpackers to families.
If you do commit to this venue, I recommend purchasing your tickets online. You will avoid any queues, plus you get a nominal discount. Prices range from about $33 for Adults ($31 online) and $28 for Students ($26 online). The best way to get to the Tower of London is via the Tube and you will get off on the Tower Hill exit. The best part of visiting the Tower of London is that the Tower Bridge is few yards away. You can knock out two birds with one stone with this visit!
Although the entrance price does appear to be expensive, this place will take a whole day so is actually very good values compared to some other attractions in London. The Yeoman tour is great fun and really enjoyable. There is often long queues for the Crown Jewels and as there is not a proper queuing system for some displays you often find some people pushing in, so it can take quite a while to see everything in here. However, it is a very enjoyable day out and make sure you don't plan anything else to do as there is so much to see here!
it is so cool! history really comes alive. It is a little spooky but in a good way . my mom brought headsets so she could get inforamtion as we went along and we saw a block where four people inculding Anne Boleyn had been exucuted. it wasnt that crowded when we went
absolutely a place to see.excellent experience.the crown jewels, beefeaters,queen guards,the tower,and the black ravens,must not forget. you can walk around at your pace or tour with a beefeater good for the family
Were you paying attention in history class? If you were, you'll love seeing where the remains of the "Princes in the Tower" were found, where Anne Boleyn was incarcerated, executed and buried and many more tid bits that make history books come alive. The Beefeater guides are entertaining and really really know their stuff. We went on a rainy, overcast day (in London?? no kidding!) which really added to the ambience and atmosphere. Do NOT, by any means, miss this.