Tower of London
What to expectTraitors, triumph and tragedy. The Tower of London has it all. Founded by the invading William the Conqueror hundreds of years ago, it was build to impress those who opposed his reign. This forbidding structure was home to many of his successors too. Your visit includes the glittering Crown Jewels, heavily guarded by the colourful Beefeaters in the red costumes and still worn by Queen Elizabeth today. You'll also see the dark dungeons were traitors were kept before executions. Royals and rascals where held here until the 1960s. Your visit is a tour of a palace of power. The Tower of London is surrounded by skyscrapers today. It retains a very special aura all of its own.
|Tower of London opening times
(from March to October)
from Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
on Sundays and Mondays : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(from November to February)
from Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
on Sundays and Mondays : 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Tower of London, one popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites monument
The Tower of London defines London's very existence. This is the place where kings and queens fortified themselves against attack for hundreds of years, where lions and tigers were kept for their amusement, where opponents of the Crown were executed and where - still today - Queen Elizabeth's Crown Jewels are housed under lock and key.
Your visit to The Tower of London is more than just a tour of an ancient castle founded by the French William the Conqueror almost 1,000 years ago, it is a tour of the triumphs and tragedies of London's history. The thick walls of what was once called the White Tower speak of prisoners - some of them royalty- held for years, brought in by river through the feared Traitors' Gate. Tickets, best bought in advance to avoid the daily queues, include tours by the Tower's Yeoman Warders, popularly known as Beefeaters. Despite their colourful costumes, these retired servicemen are charged with the very real task of making sure the Crown Jewels, still worn on state occasions, remain safe. A dedicated Ravenmaster has the duty of making sure the Tower's resident ravens don't leave. When the birds go, the legend goes, the monarchy falls. The Tower of London is the city's most ancient castle. Don't leave London without taking your tour.