Tower of London

Tower of London

Famous Tower of London is the goal of every tourist coming to London. The White Tower, built at the beginning of the 11th century on the left bank of the Thames, was commissioned by King William as protection fortress and later gave the name to the entire castle. For a long period of time Tower had been the royal residence and the headquarters for governing the country. The Tower still impresses and thrills the visitors: its biography is full of mysterious and grim facts. The book wrote by the Duke of Edinburgh for the 900th anniversary of this historical landmark, contains very precise words that 'through its history the Tower of London has been a fortress, a palace, an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public record office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of England, a tourist attraction in the end.'

According to the official status Tower is still the royal residence. Many galleries of the medieval complex of the palace on the territory of the Tower are open for tourists. Adult ticket costs about £22. Unique royal jewels and attributes are displayed in the White Tower. The collection of Armoury evokes such bright emotions and interest that at times one will have to wait to see the items closer. Waterloo Barracks, which now contain the spectacular Crown Jewels, the Imperial State Crown, sceptres, robes and coronation regalia. Do not doubt about visiting this place. Wandering in the inner yards of Tower, do not forget to visit the gift shop.

On the territory of Tower you will see the Royal Church of St Peter ad Vincula where prisoners of the tower were executed. You can also take a picture of the strict but very friendly guards of the castle (befeaters) wearing colourful uniform. Or, maybe you will be more interested to see the famous ravens of the Tower who are fully provided by the state. Recently the scientists have discovered on the territory of the fortress 54 ancient items that were used for magic rituals and had stayed in hiding places for 4 centuries. Prisoners of the fortress were usually brought there along the Thames through the Traitors' Gate.

In autumn 2014 colourful installation was arranged at the walls of the Tower of London, it was devoted to the commemorative events to the soldiers who died in the First World War. According to the idea of the artist Paul Cummins 888,246 ceramic red poppies filled the space at the walls of the Tower, each intended to represent one British or Colonial serviceman killed in the War. The installation was named very symbolically - Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

Address: Tower of London
Opening hours: Nov-Feb Tue-Sat 9 am - 4:30 pm, Mon, Sun 10 am - 4:30 pm (enter before 4 pm). Closed Jan 1, Dec 24-26; Mar-Oct Tue-Sat 9 am - 5:30 pm, Mon, Sun 10 am - 5:30 pm (enter before 5 pm).
How to reach: tube Tower Hill; bus 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1, N15; Tower Pier.
Coordinates: 51.50809, -0.07611