The Tower of London is a royal palace and castle located on the banks of the River Thames in Central London. Named after the White Tower, which was built by William the Conqueror in 1066, this historic building has a rich history as a royal residence, prison and location of the Crown Jewels, making it one of London’s top attractions. The Kray Twins, Elizabeth I before she became Queen and the Princes in the Tower, who were later murdered there, are just some of the castle’s famous prison inmates. It was also a place of execution - Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey met their deaths at the tower and Guy Fawkes was tortured there following the Gunpowder Plot. A must-see on your trip to London, not only can you learn more about the Tower’s gruesome past, but you can also feast your eyes on the beauty of the Crown Jewels, which comprise some of the world’s largest gemstones and which are still used by the Queen today.
The Tower is open from 9am until 4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday and from 10am Sunday to Monday during the winter months and stays open an hour later during Summer. Entry is £25 per adult and £12 per child at the gate and £23.10 per adult and £10.50 per child if you book in advance online. The nearest underground station is Tower Hill which runs on the District and Circle lines; alternatively, you can walk from either Fenchurch St or London Bridge mainline stations or take a boat from Central London to Tower Pier.
It takes around 3 hours to see everything at the Tower of London and inevitably the castle is extremely busy during school holidays. It’s recommended that you get the Tower early to avoid lengthy queues.
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You will never be short of thing to do and see in one of the world’s most exciting cities: ascend the London Eye to check out the famous city skyline, explore London’s history at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Or experience some of the world’s best modern art at the Tate Modern. In the evening, why not head to the West End for a show or to the East End for some clubbing.
To find out more information about the Tower of London, please visit the Historic Royal Palaces website, where you can discover more about its opening hours, its rich history, the ceramic poppies on display and the ghosts that are reputed to reside there!
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