The Tower of London is a castle which was originally a royal residence before later being used as an armory, menagerie and prison. It was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1988. The most attractive sites here are the Crown Jewels and White Tower. The Treasury displays many of the precious treasures of the British royal family such as sparkling crowns, scepters, swords and more. The White Tower is one of the older buildings in the Tower of London. It is located in a central location with St. John's Chapel and a royal ordnance exhibition. Visitors can see the armor that was worn in ancient times by knights.
With a good command of English and a certain background of British history and culture, it is interesting to visit the Tower of London.
It's like a castle. If you get out of the London Tower Bridge subway station and go to the Tower Bridge, you'll pass by. It seems that prisons are generally strong and have dried-up moats and walls. Although they are not tall and well-known, and most people pass by Tower Bridge, they are said to be the beginning of London's history. Now there are entrances to visit from the side of the tower bridge. There are also observation decks on the wall facing the bridge and the city hall. The view is very good.
I didn't think much of the Tower of London the first time I went. Sure, it was impressive, but my only real memory of it is standing in line forever to see the Crown Jewels. I think we did it right this time, which made the whole experience much more fulfilling. We made it there around opening on a weekday, when there were only a few small groups exploring the grounds. We made a bee line for the Crown Jewels, and got to experience them with no crowds. Then, we did the Beefeater Tour and explored the rest of the Tower of London as things started to get more crowded. All in all, we spent a good half a day there. Beyond that, there isn't much to say about the Tower of London that hasn't been said. It's got such a fascinating history. There are enormous shiny jewels, giant swords and weapons...really something for everyone. The Beefeater Tour is a must.
This isn't where I parked my car...My sister and I walk around for days, taking transfers after transfers... after a while all the forms of mass transit blur into the same large compartment of a people mover. I don't know where I am or what I'm doing.. but my sister does. I think. The funny thing is, she can find places but she has no idea when things are open... and unfortunately we being on a tight schedule only had the opportunity to walk the grounds more or less. It's nice with the architecture and all but no pub on site... and again as with most places of some historical value, Cathy is the enthusiast, I'm just security. Lulz. Though I'm glad that we made it during day light hours as we did. That place must suck at night.-_-
The Crown Jewels, yeoman wardens (known as Beefeaters), torture, death, scandalous royal history—you’ll find it all at this 11th-century castle-cum-prison on the northern banks of the Thames. You can even arrive by riverboat, which is how they brought in prisoners, including Queen Elizabeth I, who managed to leave with her neck intact, and Mary Queen of Scots, who did not. Here, the past comes to life—and we’re not just talking about the ghosts who are said to wander its passages. Keep an eye out for the historical graffiti scraped into the walls of the Beauchamp Tower; one prisoner from 1622 simply wrote, “Close prisoner 32 weeks, 224 days, 5376 hours.”
This is London's old castle. It is also where they keep the crown jewels. There's really no reason not to go to this. The rooms talk to you, there are ravens (that bite!) AND there are the Crown Jewels. The diamonds are so big that they actually name them and give them elaborate backstories. One was Indian and had its own cult before they stole it and stuck it in a fancy hat. Another one was the size of my fist and got to hang out on the end of the scepter because, well, that would be FUN to wave around. They didn’t stop at diamonds either. The rubies, the sapphires… all named. I think that the rule is officially “if it’s bigger than a kiwi- freaking name it.”
The royal fortress, so it is!Although they say that this is one ofthe most haunted places in Britain, it is definitely stunning! It's a walk back in time the moment you step in the gates. You can purchase tickets at the booths outside. You will be greeted by tourist guides on royal costumes. While you move around, you may see King Henry walking through the grounds. On each area of the palace are the personified prominent royals all dressed-up who will also be giving you the history of the place. You can also take pictures with them. Its really a very nice experience.
Twenty pounds seems ridiculously expensive but quite frankly I spent 3 1/2 hours here and could have spent another hour had it not been so cold! Such rich history and they set up so many special exhibits, tours and sites to see that really help capture the history and significance of the place. Highly recommend paying extra for the audio tour as I discovered loads of things that I would have never found on the map on my own. The new Crown Jewels exhibit is really well done and the Yeoman Warden's tour was a highlight for me.
Tower of London takes you back to the medieval era when London wasn't the capital of England. Tower of London has guided tour as well as audio guides that help you to learn about the roles each tower has that comprises of the entire tower. Across the tower stands Tower Bridge on the other side of Thames. The stark contrast between the surrounding modern day London and the only medieval structure is quite amusing to capture on camera. Just outside the site is a great fish and chips shop where you get a huge portion of fish for just 7 GBP.
Best not to visit on a chilly day, like me :( But it was a very fun experience. It would probably be better if you have a guide, but you can also buy audio guide in various languages but might find a few minutes wasted just to navigate around the area. With the audio guide I would say spend half a day here to hear and see all the stuff. But you can also rely on the staff in costumes who will randomly shout out tidbits of history throughout the tour. There is also the crown jewels on display. They are very beautiful!!!