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Tower of London, London

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. Put Tower of London and other London attractions into our London online trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Throughly enjoy this historic monument. Enjoyed the history and the beautiful queen’s jewels. Would love to visit again.  more »
  • We able to buy tickets online cheaper than in person and collected online ticket entries at the Group Ticket area. Make sure to take a tour with the Beefeaters as they are super informative and add a ...  more »
  • Prob one of the most fun things to do in London. Great for all ages. Def do a Yeoman/Beefeaters tour, though. They are so funny and tell you so much wonderful stories.  more »
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  • Obviously, this is a great construction. The glory of Britain is well presented here. Great exhibitions. The walls could tell us lot of stories about the past. There are guided tours (which I prefer to avoid). Tourist friendly. Please don't forget - despite of all the richness, the standard of living of the kings who leaved in this place, was not the same as the one we are used to nowadays. They had gold, but they didn't have toilets :-)
  • It's a day-out you need to do once in a lifetime and the experience of actually being there is definitely worthwhile. While the price for entry is quite high you do get a lot included with no extra fees once you get in - and you get a decent discount for buying tickets in advance. I guess the price is comparable with other London visitor attractions. However, you will want to think about taking your own food as prices in the cafe were extraordinary, particularly if you are going as a family. The queue for the crown jewels was long but it moved quickly and there was plenty to see on the way round, to the extent that when you actually get to the jewels themselves it is a bit underwhelming - partly this may be because I have had a picture in my mind of jewels in a tower which is not the case, but partly also I think because you don't actually get to see the crown jewels for that long compared to how long it takes to get to them. Overall, a good family visit for us with three children (6, 9 & 11 years old) and one adult. I definitely recommend it.
  • We went with a tour guide. It turned out being such a rainy day, which only added to the atmosphere. Our guide from the outside was fantastic but wasn't allowed to talk during our tour in the tower. We were listening to one of the inside guides and were told by some of the people that we weren't allowed to, which was such a pity as he had such great stories and information. It was a fantastic experience anyway. We were there for the opening which was such a cultural and proud experience. I need to go back and spend more time as we had a time limit being with a day tour. I absolutely recommend this, and suggest setting aside extra time and not being too rushed so you can really take in the history and experience.
  • Immense historical collection to suit all ages. This has to be one of the most interesting and thought provoking collections anywhere in the world. Tips for your day....Get there at opening time and tick the Crown Jewels off your list. Head to the Lower Wakefield Tower for a fascinating if gory understanding of ways torture was conducted. This also gets very busy so queue early for this line. This kids will love it! You can exit the Tower at Traitors Gate to go for lunch at the many cafes/ bars and restaurants in the area. We went to the great value Liberty Bounds pub at the top of Tower Hill. The Beefeaters tour is a must as they are real characters and bring the history of the whole place to life. A great day out!!
  • Stunning place to visit, one of the jewels of London. So many people visit from outside and never go inside. It has so much more than just the crown jewels. The white tower armoury is stunning and I particularly love the miniature and giant armour. Despite being in the centre of the City and being crowded at times, it's usually possible to find a quiet place to sit down for lunch, which I often do. The buildings are in great condition and many over 1000 years old. So steeped in history, my Canadian cousin was astonished as they barely have anything older than 50 years!
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