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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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  • My first visit with my wife to view the crown jewels and visit the Tower. Our Beefeater Andy gave a great presentation to our group about the Tower's history and its significance in the history of... 
    My first visit with my wife to view the crown jewels and visit the Tower. Our Beefeater Andy gave a great presentation to our group about the Tower's history and its significance in the history of...  more »
  • Had a great day at the Tower of London, what a rich history. The Yeoman’s were very knowledgeable and very friendly. Highlight for me was seeing the Crown Jewels up close, wow they are... 
    Had a great day at the Tower of London, what a rich history. The Yeoman’s were very knowledgeable and very friendly. Highlight for me was seeing the Crown Jewels up close, wow they are...  more »
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  • A wonderful day out for the family. I attended with my wife and thoroughly enjoyed the historic spectacle that Tower of London offers. We were given a fantastic tour of the Tower by Yeoman Warder Beefy409. The tour was without doubt the highlight of the day. A wonderful presentation was given by Scott. It was really informative with a perfect balance of history and humor. We can't wait to visit again with the children in the future. Thanks!
  • Great tourist experience. Interesting. Go at your own pace. Huge with tons to see. Very friendly helpful staff. Good cafe. Plenty of bathrooms. Not Handicapped accessible. Absolutely gorgeous and worth the trip

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