The Tower of London is one of the most popular sites to visit in this fantastic city. Not only it is one of the oldest and historic buildings in England’s capital city but also the site where the Crown Jewels are stored. The Tower of London is the heart of the city.
But with most museums being completely free in London some people doubt about visiting the tower because of its high admission price. Is it really worth it? Yes, it is.
Visiting the Tower of London is a great way to learn a lot about the history of the city. If you are interested in history and you like learning about the places you travel then it is definitely worth it. I highly suggest you give a chance to it, especially if you travelled from a great distance to visit London.
The Tower of London is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. It was used as a prison (some of the worst tortures and executions took place here) and a royal residence. Today the Tower is protected as a World Heritage Site.
Yeoman Warder Tour
You will see some guards wearing black and red uniforms wandering around the castle. These are the Yeoman Warders, responsible for looking after any prisoners in the Tower and safeguarding the British crown jewels. They offer tours around the castle daily every 30 minutes. Of course you can skip their tour and guide yourself through the castle but I highly recommend the Yeoman Warder Tour to start your visit. Not only they have plenty of stories and information to share but also a great sense of humor. Tours leave regularly from the main entrance and are included as a part of your entry ticket.
The White Tower
The white tower gives the entire castle its name. It was built as a symbol of oppression used to display power and intimidate invaders. Nowadays it houses a chapel and many exhibits including armors and swords.
The Crown Jewels
The highlight of the visit is definitely seeing the crown jewels, a unique collection that is still used by the Queen in important ceremonies. Unfortunately you’re not allowed to take photos. In fact you’re not even allowed to LOOK at the jewels for more than some seconds as there are people movers which guide you through the collection. But it is impressive to see them even for some secs!
Take care of ravens
Legend states that if there are no ravens, the Tower and the Kingdom will fall. So the ravens are the most important members of the Tower and under Royal Decree there must always be at least 6 ravens on site.
The inner walls of the castle were used for defense purposes centuries ago and are now one of the best attractions in the tower. They offer stunning views of London where you can neatly see the contrast between the medieval and modern city.
Info and Tips
- Tickets costs: Adults £21.50, Children £9.70, Students £16.40. Check out the updated prices.
- Buy your tickets online to get a discount and avoid queues.
- Do the Yeoman War Tour first to get an introduction of the complex.
- Try to go there early as the latest hours tend to be the most crowded
Photo Credits (yeoman warder): Laura Bittner