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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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  • Go early, this place gets crowds, but for good reason; it was a great experience. Lots of great information and seeing the crown jewels exhibit was a highlight for everyone. There are benches, bathrooms and small refreshment stands on the courtyard, but you may want to bring some food and water. Plan for a coupe of hours here at least. The hop on hop off boat stops right at the tower. And several bus companies have stops just above the tower (big bus, etc). Hope that info helps you on your visit!
  • Great place to visit. Really educational. Lots of different areas to see. Activity fun on for families, children and parents alike. Leave plenty of time for picking up tickets as the queues are long. Best to print of tickets before going. When booking online there was no choice for selecting free carer. But ask at the kiosks and if you have proof of disability and they will charge appropriately or refund you if it is already paid. It is a bit pricey but it is well worth the money. Easy to get to using the tube, so no worries about parking.
  • My second visit and loved it just as much as the first time. Really worth a visit if you are in London. We had time to visit only for about 2 and a half hours or so and it was definitely enough to see the most important bits and some extras. Definitely start with the Crown jewels and work your way around it at your own pace afterwards.
  • Brilliant day out even with a five year old and three year old. We skipped some of the less age appropriate sections but still managed to spend a good 4 hours looking around. The crown jewels were particularly interesting for the kids but go early as it got busy around lunch time. Tickets are pricey but they're good value for what you get.
  • What can I say? Probably one one the top historic tourist attractions in the world. Great blend of political and military history dating back 940 years. Gruesome tales of executions and daring escapes. Then there's the crown jewels. Staffed by amazingly knowledgeable and friendly people. A must see if you are visiting London. You can easily spend at least half a day here and only scratch the surface.
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