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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 were lucky enough to be right in time and to watch the Ceremony of the Keys, armed guards provide an escort for the Chief Yeoman Warder. They do that at exactly 21:52 every night for hundreds of...  more »
  • Visited this attraction after getting off the river cruise. Pretty cool as I love old architecture and this place does not disappoint. Highly recommend seeing the Tower when in London. It is old...  more »
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  • Fascinating place to visit! The walk through is clearly labeled and easy to follow and full of information. Staff are really friendly and helpful. I really recommend going on one of the yeoman led tours, it really brings the place to life. Best to come early and plan to stay late as there is lots to see and do. The cafe's on site provide a good range of food, drinks and snacks. Lots of places to grab a souvenir too.
  • This attraction was so much more than I expected. Book tickets online in advance to save a few pounds and avoid the long main queue. You still must either print or collect the tickets, there isn't a e-ticket option it seems. We had a tour from a beefeater at the beginning who provided the history of the various buildings and towers and who recommended which areas were a must-see. There is so much to see you'd want at least 2 hours in my opinion. The tower also houses the crown jewels which are spectacular. Well worth a visit.
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