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Prison, Fortress, Royal Palace and Home of Crown Jewels

Tower of London

Tower of London

Tower Of London Official Web Site

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns, today the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. In its time it has been a royal palace, a fortress, a prison, an armoury, a treasury and an astronomical observatory.

The major draws are the Crown Jewels and the history associated with the Tower's role as a prison for major figures in history, prior to for many a public hanging. Plus also the Beefeaters (guards) dressed in distinctive uniform and Ravens provide classic photo opportunities. The Beefeaters perform the very well received introductory tours of the Tower of London.

Once in the Tower of London check out the next time of the one hour guided tour by a costumed Beefeater. These run normally every half-hour throughout the day from soon after opening to mid/late afternoon and are highly recommended.

The Tower's greatest attraction the Crown Jewels are housed in the White Tower. You will normally have to wait in long lines to view the jewels so try and get there early. Even if you have a skip the line ticket you will still have to queue here like everyone else. At the Crown Jewels exhibition you will see some of the world's most precious jewels set into swords, robes, and of course crowns. The Imperial State Crown is still used today by the Queen of England for ceremonial occasions.

Beefeater at Tower of London

Beefeater at Tower of London

Many of the rest of the main attractions are associated with the Tower's history with legendary figures imprisoned and/or executed here. The Tower Green at the heart of the Tower has the scaffolding where some private executions and hangings took place.

Three of them were queens of England: Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, wives of Henry VIII, and Lady Jane Grey - condemned on the orders of her cousin Mary I.

The gate exiting out directly to the river is known as 'Traitors' Gate' because of the number of prisoners accused of treason who are supposed to have passed through it.

The Bloody Tower was where some of the Tower's most famous prisoners were housed. It may have been the last lodging of the 'Princes in the Tower' before their mysterious disappearance in the 15th century, and is today furnished to look as it might have done during Sir Walter Ralegh's 13-year imprisonment here.

The Tower of London is good for kids, they can romp around the battlements providing an ideal mix of fun and education. It is very hard to give an average time people take to visit, safe to set aside 2 to 3 hours perhaps.

Tower of London - Ticketing

Advance Purchase Skip The Line Tickets

There are a number of ticketing options apart including paying at the ticket desks on the day. These include skip the line advanced tickets, entrance as part of a sightseeing pass or a combo ticket with other royal palaces and castles in and around London.

By purchasing your ticket ahead of time you'll jump the queue avoiding waiting in any lines for tickets, that can be very long and time consuming. You will receive an e-voucher after ordering. Print off the voucher and take it to the specified redemption point, where it will be exchanged for a ticket.

Tower of London Fast Track Tickets
Royal Palaces of London Ticket Pass

Save Money Combining Leading London Attractions & Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Buses

The Original London Tour as its name implies is the original hop-on hop-off London sightseeing bus service.

The hop-on, hop off sightseeing buses are an excellent first day in London quickly getting you up to speed and orientated with the layout of London and your guide pointing out sights and destinations you might have not previously considered visiting.

But most visitors to London will have their own "must see" list of attractions.

So why not save some money and purchase your hop-on, hop off sightseeing bus tickets and your "must see" attractions as a package. You don't have to use the attraction tickets on the day you use the sightseeing bus either.

Madame Tussauds , The London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Kensington Palace, Tower of London and Ripleys are all available.

Original London Tour & Attravtion Packages

London Pass

The London Pass

The Tower of London is also a participant of the London Pass. The London Pass is a convenient way of planning ahead and budgeting for your visit to London.

The London Pass is a flat rate sightseeing pass to many (but not all) of London's main attractions. You can buy a London pass for 1,2,3 or 6 day durations.

The London Pass - More Details

Railways 2 for 1 Promotion

Tower of London is also a participant of the railways 2 for 1 promotion. If you have a return rail ticket or a Travelcard issued by the railways that allows two people entrance to Tower of London for the price of one adult when you print a special Tower of London voucher from the promotion web site. Fast track, skip the line tickets are not available through this promotion.

The 2 for 1 Promotion - More Details

Getting to the Tower of London

The easiest way by public transport is the London Underground to Tower Hill on the Circle and District Lines. This is opposite the Tower of London.

A more scenic option is to arrive by boat on the scheduled river services that stop in front of the Tower of London at Tower Pier.

The very popular hop on, hop off London tour buses of course also stop at, and cross over Tower Bridge stopping at the Tower of London. The hop on, hop off ticket also includes a river cruise.

So why not arrive by boat and depart by the hop on, hop off bus on the same ticket.

If you are not so tight with time, you can follow the Thames path from the southern end of Tower Bridge right down to Westminster and Big Ben on a pedestrianised walkway by the River Thames.

City Cruises River Boat In Front Of The Tower Of London
Tower Bridge London

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Adjacent to the Tower of London is Tower Bridge. If you visit the Tower of London, you will also admire Tower Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in the world. It is famous with good reason, a truly unique and memorable spectacle.

Appearances are deceptive, the appearance of the bridge is in harmony with the Tower of London, but the bridge is not ancient like the Tower Of London, it was built only about 120 years ago.

The bridge is not a museum piece it still performs its originally function of providing a public road across the River Thames and letting tall ships pass through. As a pedestrian you can walk across the bridge at any time, there are no tolls or fees. All of the popular hop on, hop off sightseeing buses cross Tower Bridge before stopping at the Tower of London.

The bridge still opens to let shipping through, the central part of the highway between the towers of the bridge lifting up.

The Tower Bridge Exhibition - Full Details and Video

Tower Bridge only opens when a ship has reserved an opening at a specific time, it doesn't open to a regular schedule. By the nature of this arrangement openings are irregular, it may open 5 or 6 times one day then not open at all for several days. The bridge can open at any time.

The Tower Bridge Exhibition

Once you have seen the bridge, it is so different to anything else you have witnessed you may well be eager to learn more.

The Tower Bridge Exhibition is actually located within Tower Bridge itself. Not only do you learn everything there is worth knowing about Tower Bridge, its history, how it was built and operates etc you also explore the inside of the bridge.

The highlight is undoubtedly the high level walkways right at the top of the bridge. These were originally designed so pedestrians could cross the bridge even when the bridge was lifting and closed to vehicles. As you can imagine there are great views from up here.

The Tower Bridge Exhibition - Full Details and Video

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