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Tower of London

Built under the reign of William the Conqueror, the Tower of London is a castle that has been used as a prison, as a royal residence, as a fortress and as an arsenal.

The Tower of Horror

Tower of London
Tower of London

Ravens in the Tower of London
Ravens in the Tower of London

Church of St Peter ad Vincula
Church of St Peter ad Vincula

Tower of London, Medieval Palace
Model of a Medieval Palace

For over 900 hundred years the Tower of London was a symbol of terror and oppression, locking away those who offended the Monarch. Most prisoners were kept in appalling conditions, not surviving the hardships, or were tortured before being executed in the Tower Hill.

Many famous aristocrats, clergymen, and monarchs that had lost their thrones were kept between the walls of the Tower of London and executed in Tower Green, including Queen Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey, Baron William Hastings, or Thomas More.

What to see in the Tower of London

  • Crown Jewels: The collection of ceremonial objects, including crowns, sceptres, orbs and swords is of incalculable historic, material and religious value. The collection of the Crown Jewels is one of the top attractions among tourists.
  • White Tower: Known as the Tower of London, it is the main building of the castle and first to be built. Constructed between 1078 and 1100, the White Tower was used as a prison, royal residence and armoury.
  • The ravens: The Tower of London’s most famous residents are the black ravens. According to the legend, if the ravens were to disappear, the Tower would collapse, and with it the Reign. To prevent this catastrophe, one of the guards that protects the Tower, known as Ravenmaster, looks after these birds and cuts the end of one of their wings, to prevent them from leaving.
  • Medieval Palace: The Tower was not only an impressive fortress, but also home to many kings and queens. In the Medieval Palace, it is possible to explore the chambers that have been restored, evidence of the luxury and opulence of the Royal Family of those days.
  • Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula: Built in 1520, this parish church holds the remains of the most famous prisoners executed at the Tower. Nowadays, the church is still open for prayer for the 150 people that still live in the Tower.  

A historical landmark

The Tower of London has played a prominent part in the history of England and is full of exciting stories and things to see. This is a fascinating landmark, definitely a must-see attraction. Visitors can discover several parts of the castle, so we recommend setting aside at least two hours to see it all. 

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Location

City of London

When to visit

March – October :
Tuesday to Saturday: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday and Monday: 10 am to 5:30 pm
November – February :
Tuesday to Saturday: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday and Monday: 10 am to 4:30 pm

Fares

Adults: £24,50
Children (ages less than 16): £11
Students and seniors (over 60): £18,70
Free entry with the London Pass.

Transport

Tube: Tower Hill (Circle, District and DLR lines)
Buses: 8, 9, 11, 15, 15B, 22B, 25, 133 and 501.

Map

Tower of London, location map

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