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
The Tower of London was absolutely amazing. It did get a little creepy but come on its where people died! It was totally worth the time. It even snowed while I was there, it made for a really unique perspective.
I went to the Tower once with my family. The beefeaters were informative and entertaining. If you are a history buff at all you will enjoy the tour that was given. I am going back later this year and taking my wife with me.
Wear your walking shoes here, you'll get a workout
By A Yahoo Contributor, 5/10/07
The tower of London was a fun expereince. There are a ton of stairs there, so if you don't like to climb stairs, don't go there. The place is huge and you could easily spend a nice chunk of the day walking around there. There are some really cool things to see there such as the crown jewels and a lot of weapons. I think it was a little more expensive, but considering you can spend all day there, it's really worth seeing at least once.
I loved Tower of London. I highly recommend getting a headseat when you get inside. It adds so much to the experience. You get a fuller picture of the history and importance of your surroundings.
Another strong recommendation is get there first thing in the morning. This is definitely an all day attraction. We visited around mid afternoon and missed several things (we almost missed the crown jewels and didn't make it into the White Tower at all). We ended up coming back the next day when it opened and spent another several hours touring. It wasn't a waste of time, but I would have much rather seen other sights.
Loved my tour around the Tower of London. The Yeoman Warder (beefeater) guide was so knowledgeable, I found out that they have to take a 6 month course to learn the entire history of the place. Walking into the room that Ann Boleyn was imprisoned in, walking across the rampart where Sir Walter Raleigh used to walk...WOW! And then to cap it all I saw the Crown Jewels, I have no words to describe them, fabulous and awesome just don't convey the richness, the sparkle, the pomp and circumstance that surround these jewels.
Saw the place where prisoners (Ann Boleyn was one) were executed-gave me the shivers. If you want to experience real history, the Tower of London is a must.
The Yeoman Warder's tour is great. It is a must-see for London. It is definately worth the time and the money. Using the Yeoman Warder as the tour guide gets you into more places to see. Plus, they provide character and more information than the self-guide tour. Go early and enjoy the day there.
A lot of variety.... more than I expected. We bought a London Pass (I recommend this highly!!) and admission was then free and fast. We joined a small tour led by one of the Beefeaters. It was interesting, and not boring. He was very pleasant and didn't go too fast. The exhibits are housed in many buildings... and younger children will feel like they are really in a medieval castle!! The highlight was viewing the Crown Jewels. We went around several times. They were displayed so you could see them easily and up-close. BREATH-TAKING !! You have a great view of the Tower Bridge from here. I recommend an inexpensive (but good) lunch of fish and chips in the little courtyard area just up from the outer Tower Shops. The tube took us close, but there is a lot of walking inside if you plan to see it all. You can spend 1 or 2 hours, or all day here !! ** We ranked this tops on our list of things we saw.... along with St. Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.
The Tower of London is so cool. It has so much history and a wide variety of displays and exhibits. The Crown Jewels are a must see, along with the scaffold. If you go to London, you HAVE to go to the Tower!
I love the House of Jewels! A place to visit if you want to learn a little about the history of London. Fantastic angle of the Tower Bridge too.
The guided tour is a must or you will miss out some interesting attractions. Prepare yourself to spend a long time here.
But the admission price is a little too high. Queue was also horrible in the morning.