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Tower of London, London

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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  • It is a well arrange attraction. Don't miss to join the briefing by the Beefeaters as it'll give you an understanding of the history of the Tower. It is still a magnificent attraction even though we h...  more »
  • The place is big and there's a lot to walk and many stairs to climb, but many of the spaces are uninteresting. Apart from the jewels and the armory, all of the rest is a waist of time.  more »
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  • This is a must see! There is so much History here, and it is such a unique site that I could not recommend it enough. The white tower is stunning, the jewels are stunning, the old streets and pathways inside are brilliant. You can also see arms and armours, statues and so much more! If you go to London, this place is one you have to see. Absolutely amazing.
  • This is a must see! There is so much History here, and it is such a unique site that I could not recommend it enough. The white tower is stunning, the jewels are stunning, the old streets and pathways inside are brilliant. You can also see arms and armours, statues and so much more! If you go to London, this place is one you have to see. Absolutely amazing.
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