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The Tower of London – a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.




The Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous fortresses. Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress which is more commonly known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London, England.

Overview of Tower of London

• It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
• It is separated from the eastern edge of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill.
• This tower was service as royal palace, prison, armory and even a zoo.
• The ancient stones reverberate with dark secrets.
• There are priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and pampered ravens strut the grounds.
• It was constructed over 900 years ago by William the Conqueror.
• This fortress was expanded by many medieval kings.
• It is a grand structure used by Royals through the years as a refuge and powerbase.
• The Tower is still a home to her majesty’s Crown Jewels, on display for visitors to see.
• The White Tower is the huge and beautiful stone building in the middle of the sight.
• Currently it hosts the exhibition of Tudor, Stuart, Hanoverian and Windsor arms and armor “Fit for a King”.
• This vast collection begins by exploring armour created for both the battle and sports fields.
• There is a chance to see Henry VIII’s and Charles 1’s spectacular armour.
• It is located in central London and just a stones throw from the River Thames.
• It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England.
• The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078.
• The castle was used as a prison since at least 1100.
• A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence.
• The Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat.
• There were several phases of expansion, mainly under Kings Richard the Lion heart, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries.
• The Tower of London has played a prominent role in English history.
• It was besieged several times and controlling it has been important to controlling the country.
• The peak period of the castle’s use as a prison was the 16th and 17th centuries.
• Elizabeth I before she became queen, were held within its walls.
• Executions were more commonly held on the notorious Tower Hill to the north of the castle.
• Today the Tower of London is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.
• It is cared for by the charity Historic Royal Palaces and is protected as a World Heritage Site.

The Tower has served variously as:
• An armory
• A treasury
• A menagerie
• The home of the Royal Mint
• A public records office
• The home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom

Top ten things to do and see

The White Tower
• ‘Power House’, a fascinating exhibition about the national institutions founded at the Tower of London.
Crown Jewels
• Be dazzled by the 23,578 gems that make up the Crown Jewels, including the world’s most famous diamonds.
• There is an amazing collection in the Jewel House.
Yeoman Warder Tours
• Join a Yeoman Warder tour.
• You’ll be entertained by tales from the Tower which has pain and passion, treachery and torture.
Ravens
• Legend says that the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six ravens ever leave the Tower.
• The ravens have become one of the Tower’s most famous sights.
Medieval Palace
• The Medieval Palace contains fabulous interiors.
• Discover what life was like in a surprisingly luxurious medieval household.
Fit for a King
• See five hundred years of spectacular royal armor.
• A fascinating insight into the personalities, power and physical size of England’s kings.
Royal Beasts
• For over 600 years, exotic animals were held captive at the Tower.
• Discover more about their extraordinary stories and what life was like for them in the Royal Menagerie.
Prisoner’s exhibition
• There have been prisoners at the Tower almost since it was built.
• Our new interactive displays help children and adults explore their stories.
Tower Green
• Execution inside the Tower was a privilege for those of high rank.
• Tower Green contains the memorial to the people who died here.
Family fun activities
• We have a wide range of activities and tours to entertain families.
• Choose from family trails, spotting ravens, joining a Yeoman Warder tour and more.

Visit planner

1 hour
• Visit the Queen’s Crown Jewels (20 mins).
• Visit the White Tower built by William the Conqueror, which today houses displays from the Royal Armouries’ collection (20 mins).
• Walk through rich colours and comfortable furnishings of the Medieval Palace (20 mins).

2 hours
• Join one of the famous Yeoman Warder tours and hear tales from the Tower’s past (60 mins).
• Visit the Crown Jewels (20 mins).
• Visit the White Tower built by William the Conqueror, which today houses displays from the Royal Armouries’ collection (30 mins).
• See the famous ravens next to the White Tower (10 mins).
• Explore the story of how the Tower was attacked and defended in our interactive Fortress displays (10 mins).

3 hours
• Join one of the famous Yeoman Warder tours and hear exciting tales from the Tower’s past (60 mins).
• Visit the Crown Jewels (20 mins).
• Visit the White Tower built by William the Conqueror, which today houses displays from the Royal Armouries’ collection (20 mins).
• Experience the history of the Tower through live costumed re-enactments (approximately 15 mins).
• See the famous ravens next to the White Tower (10 mins).
• Explore the story of how the Tower was attacked and defended in our interactive Fortress displays (10 mins).
• Walk through rich colours and comfortable furnishings of the Medieval Palace (20 mins).
• Decide who murdered the Little Princes in the Bloody Tower (15 mins).
• See instruments of torture in the Lower Wakefield Tower (10 mins).
• Discover the extraordinary prisoner graffiti in the Beauchamp Tower (10 mins).

Audio guides Cost
• Individuals – £4.00 – adults; £3.00 – child (under 16 years)
• £12.00 – family group (up to 2 adults and 6 children)
• Audio guides can be pre-paid in advance when purchasing individual Tower admission tickets
• Groups – £3.00 – adult, child (under 16 years) and concession.
• Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean and Chinese (Mandarin).

Opening Times for Tower Of London

• Last admission : 17:00pm – 1st March to 31st October
• Tuesday to Saturday : 09.00-18.00
• Sunday to Monday : 10.00-18.00
1st November to 28th February
• Tuesday-Saturday : 09.00-17.00
• Sunday-Monday : 10.00-17.00
• Closed : 24th to 26th December, 1st January

Tickets and prices for Tower of London

1 Mar ’12 – 28 Feb ’13 incl. Individual rate* Individual online rate+ Group rate(min. 15 visitors)
Adult – £20.90 £17.10
Child – £18.00

Under 5s are free of charge.
Full-time student, over 60 with ID £17.60 and £15.00 and £14.49
Family – Up to 2 adults and 6 children – £55.00 and £47.00
Annual membership (unlimited entry to five palaces) – From £43.00

How to book the tickets?

• Book online
• Group bookings: We offer a range of benefits and services to groups of 15 or more people.
• Book by telephone: Telephone bookings only (not for general information) 0844 482 7799 (from the UK) or +44 (0)20 3166 6000 (from outside the UK); Monday-Friday: 09.00-17.00
• Buy membership
• Book in person

Attractions in close proximity

• HMS Belfast
• London Bridge Experience
• St. Paul’s Cathedral
• Thames River Boat Cruise
• Tower Bridge Exhibition

Architecture of Tower of London

• Layout
• White Tower
• Innermost ward
• Inner ward
• Outer ward
• Foundation and early history
• Expansion
• Later medieval period
• Crown Jewels

Best time to visit / climate

• There is no good or bad time to visit London
• The attractions are mostly open all year round
• July and August are the height of summer
• These would also be the most expensive months
• This is the time when London has the biggest crowds mainly because of the school holidays and the ‘good’ weather.
• New Year and Easter are also busy periods and expensive.
• In the winter it is dark by early evening (16.00).
• In peak summers, there is light till 22.00.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get to Tower Of London?

1. By London Underground
• Nearest station: Tower Hill underground station
• Use District or Circle lines to Tower Hill station.
• Follow directional signage to the Tower.
• The main entrance is a five minute walk from the station.

2. By Train
Nearest stations: Fenchurch Street or London Bridge stations
From Fenchurch Street
• Exit on to Mark Lane.
• Turn left on to Byward Street, which will lead you to Tower Hill and the Tower of London.
From London Bridge
• Cross the bridge over the River Thames and turn right on to Lower Thames Street.
• After a 15-minute walk the Tower is located on your right.

3. By Bus
• Bus routes: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1

4. By Riverboat
• Nearest river access: Tower Pier
• Riverboats for Tower Pier depart from Charing Cross, Westminster and Greenwich.

5. By Car
• The Tower is in the Congestion Charging Zone.
• Please note there is no parking at the Tower of London.
• The nearest coach and car park is situated on Lower Thames Street and is a 2 minute walk to the main entrance.

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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at visitlondon.com
Hotels at easytobook.com
Hotels at expedia.com.au

Blogs/Sites about Tower of London

Blogs and reviews at hrp.org.uk
Blogs at en.wikipedia.org
Blogs and reviews at londonpass.com

Images and photos of Tower of London

Images at google.com
Images at hrp.org.uk
images at erragalleria.com
Images at cruises.about.com

Videos of Tower Of London






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