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Tower of London, London

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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 visited during coronavirus, taking all necessary precautions. It is effectively empty. If you ever thought to visit but were put off by crowds of tourists and school trips, now is the time to...  more »
  • Staff were as helpful as ever, but the limits of social distancing meant that some of the attractions were "off limits". Atmosphere with so few people around was so different from previous visits...  more »
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  • Great place to visit. It helps if you have some understanding of British history. The arms and armor display was very impressive. The crown jewels were amazing. The guides were very informative. Great fun, educational, and interesting visit. Kids loved it.
  • Definitely worth seeing. Take the free tour at the start with the Queen's Guard. Very informative and really makes the tour wonderful. Our guard was a riot. To see it all you need several hours. Make this a day trip to give yourself plenty of time to see everything. There are lots of stairs so bring your sensible shoes. 😊 We walked the Thames river path to get there from Westminster. There are also water shuttles (not cruise) rides very affordable that come every 15 minutes. We took it back. Very relaxing. It uses tap (debit/credit) cards but you must have one per person so I'm not sure how that works when traveling with children, I'm sure they have a solution so just ask at the desk.

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