The Tower of London is one of the most famous historical sites in the world. And what better way of arriving there than by boat. Unlike many prisoners in the past, you’ll sail past Traitor’s Gate rather than going through it, docking at St Katharine’s Pier just after you go underneath Tower Bridge. You can then spend the rest of the day exploring a thousand years of history in the Tower of London, where there’ll be something of interest for everyone. From ravens to beheading’s, prison cells to the Crown Jewels, no-one should visit England’s capital city without going to the Tower of London.
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The Tower of London is infamous for its bloody history. From the Bloody Tower, where the murder of two young princes took place, to the Execution Site which saw commoners and the nobility lose their heads, including Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s ill-fated second wife, and Catherine Howard, his fifth wife who was beheaded for adultery at the tender age of just 18.
The White Tower is the oldest part of the complex and is at the heart of the Tower of London. Commissioned by William the Conqueror and completed by 1100, it still stands today. It is the home of the Royal Armoury and currently houses an exhibition of 350 years of armour worn by kings and nobility.
When the Queen isn’t wearing them on State occasions, the Crown Jewels are kept under armed guard at the Tower of London. The Crown Jewels have been on display to the public since 1661 and have proved to be one of the most enduringly popular attractions at the Tower.
Pick up a copy of the Tower’s free Activity Trail at the Welcome Centre to help the whole family explore the Tower by using fun quizzes and activities.
Yeoman Warder Tours
The Tower’s hugely entertaining ‘Beefeater’ tours begin every 30 minutes and last around an hour. The Yeoman Warders have plenty of tales to tell about the 900 year horrible history of the Tower of London!