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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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  • We Indians would love to go and see our beloved Kohinoor but this place is so much more. The long history attached to this place is mesmerising, and everything has been preserved really well. Be on ti...  more »
  • We have been several hours, he caught us attention enough, above all the Crown jewels, things that are not weapons rarely, old... The fortification. A good place to visit. Piece diamond... Phew
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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.
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