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 one of my favourite attractions during my London trip. The tour is the best and funniest tour I've ever been on and the Tower itself is the most amazing thing I've seen in a long time. The presence of an old medieval castle in the middle of contemporary London is stunning. The crown jewels are a splendour to behold and the atmosphere is something you won't want to miss. Definitely worth every pound you spend on your ticket.
The Tower of London was great, it has loads of history and that is why it is so popular. My favourite part was probaly looking at the crown jewels. It was deffinatly my favourite part of my holiday in London. I would deffinatly reccomend it to anyone.
The Crown Jewels were my Favorite. You can't imagine the size of the diamonds, you just have to see them. The moving walkway doesn't allow you enough time to see them, but you can stand on the landing and still get an ok view.
All my life, I have been an avid reader of English history. I especially enjoyed the time of the Tudors. Seeing where Anne Boylyn was buried was almost too much for me. Hearing the stories about the lost Plantagenet princes gave me goose-bumps. If you were still, you could almost hear all the people, royal and not, calling out to you from the past. Every time we go to London, I must go back to the Tower. Who knows? Maybe I was there in another time and another life. . . .
Definitely way cool and way London. The main thing is the white palace in the center of the castle grounds. Attractions include Henry the 8th's armor and the chopping block Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey lost their heads on among others. You also get to see the Queen's Crown Jewels inside a giant vault. The Jewels alone are worth the trip. The Tower is a must see IMO. Cost is 15 per ticket, I think the info above is wrong, but I remember them having a four member family deal for about 42. There is a lot to see at the Tower, and a good idea is to read about the history of it a little bit ahead of your visit to fully appreciate what it means in British History.
I had an extra day in London for tourist sights, so a colleague and I went to the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. The Tower was a bit surprising - such an old place and it looms so large in western history. I enjoyed the walk in the rain. We got the audio tour, which was amusing in it's ghoulishness. The narrator seemed bent on pointing out the death and torture aspects of the Tower's history at the expense of other subjects.
The Crown Jewels were stunning - no surprise there. The visit was worth it just to see those amazing objects.
The shop near the Crown Jewels was a waste of time for me - very little of interest. The shop at the base of the White Tower was more helpful.
I really enjoyed the daffodils and the green areas, those were a surprise to me for some reason.
We were not allowed to see the ravens, although we were assured they were in. Apparently they are keeping the ravens indoors for fear of the avian flu.
I would take the tour again.
I was luckly enough to be part of an afterhours behind the scenes tour of the Tower courtesy of the great men and women of the London Metropolitan Police Department, and it was amazing. History truly is alive here. The tour guides are very friendly and extremely knoweledgeable. This is truly an impressive historical site and a must see! If traveling with young childern you may want to visit during daylight hours due to the fact that the Tower is very eerie after dark. If you have an intrest in the supernatural you wont be disappointed. Enjoy!