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
We highly recommend a visit to The Tower if you plan to hit London.
The atmosphere was wonderful despite the crowds and the poor weather at the time of year we visited.
If you're interested in seeing the Crown Jewels you are advised to look fast. You are taken past them at a clip on a moving walkway and you are not allowed to pause at all to view them. There is a lot of security in the room and they practically mug you if you so much as look backwards at the display case.
Other than the jewels, we found the most interesting thing to be Henry VIII's armor in the actual Tower. You will really enjoy the atmosphere on this floor if you are a true history buff.
The Tower of London has so much to offer and all the time they are opening new parts of it.
You can see the actual throne of many of the historical Kings - including Henry VIII. You see the place where his wives were beheaded. You can visit a chapel, etc. Just about anything including the Crown Jewels. It is awesome!
That's all I can say about the Tower of London: Loved it! We took numerous photos, but they cannot capture what it felt like to tour such a place.
Our 4-year old son enjoyed it, too. We had to go back to the gift shop the next day to get that special "knight's helmet" we forgot to pick up when we were there.
We never did hear the story about the ravens - only that they bite! Love to hear it, though.
make sure te take a tour with a guide. the guides are very funny and they are full of cool facts. the tours runs often so don't worry if your miss one. you learn a lot and you get to see cool stuff like the crown jewels.
I absolutely adore this place full of history and a unique atmosphere.The ravens are great.However,I regret a bit not understanding the beefeaters and their cockney accent.If so,the visit to the Tower of London would be much more delightful for me:)
We really felt the atmosphere of the Tower of London.....while the vistors are very upbeat one cannot help but feel the loss of some young lives. The walls almost talk to you.
Very interesting and so much history.
Try to save time to view the crown jewels.
We highly recomment this tour.
My favorite was the Crown Jewels, especially the hugemongyo ppunch bowl it is amazing. The White, and Bloody tower were cool too. But they kind of freaked me out with all torture contraptions. EEEEEEKKKKKKK!
The day we spent at Tower of London was the best day in our London adventure. The Beefeaters that run the place are very informative and charming. I cant believe the history there, its inspiring. If you want a true London expereince head to the Tower!
This is the ultimate tourist attraction for all ages. I had an absolutely great time.
But here's some advice:
1. It'll take you 2-3 hours as there are about 10 towers to go through.
2. Wear comfy shoes; you'll be on your feet for those 2-3 hours. If you do get tired, there are plenty of benches in the courtyards.
3. Be somewhat fit. The site is preserved as it was in the early centuries. Hence, no escalators or elevators. You'll be navigating narrow spaces and winding stairs in the towers. There's only a people mover in the Jewel tower at the crowns display.