When visiting London, this iconic landmark is on everyone’s ‘must-see’ list. The Tower of London stands out among the many buildings in the ancient part of the city. The sight is known for its many historical aspects and wonderful original features, and of course the crown jewels! Thinking about a trip into town in the new year? The Tower of London will prove to be an amazing day out for the entire family.
The Tower of London impresses with its majestic grounds
It’s difficult to know exactly where to start when visiting the Tower of London. So why not be taken in by its majestic grounds to start off your tour? There are acres of well kept green land that has remained in its original condition since William the Conqueror first started building the White Tower in the 1070s. A ticket to the Tower of London includes activities for both adults and children. Recently, there was a poppy planting activity in remembrance of soldiers who have been lost on the battlefields. There are tours of the White tower as well as of the crown jewels that will astound! It’s always a good idea to ask about activities at the entrance. The staff are always very helpful and on hand to answer any questions during your visit. You’ll also find that directions and guides are included in a number of different languages.
Visiting the White Tower
The White Tower is known as a famous part of the overall Tower of London complex. It was built not only as a testament to British architecture but to also ward off and scare foreign intruders at the time. However, now it is a well loved symbol of London, viewed for its classic building style. It’s also one of the world’s most unique historical buildings and has been named as a world heritage site, that’s not to be tampered with or ever destroyed. Inside this feat of Norman architecture, one will find a stunning 11th century Chapel of St John the Evangelist. You are able to visit the tower as part of your day out with no extra payment required.
Marvel at the Crown Jewels!
The United Kingdom has a long and illustrious history. Even the tradition of the Coronation has been around for more than a thousand years. As a result, the Crown Jewels are representative of the British monarchy at its finest. It’s an opportunity not to be missed as you walk through the sets of heavily guarded doors. Each is nearly a metre in thickness to ensure complete protection. Once you are inside the vaults, find the world’s most impressive array of jewels belonging to the British monarchy. Each item is secured by reinforced cabinets for the tightest security. You will be able to get up close and personal with these spectacular jewels and learn more about their history. There is no extra charge to see the vaults as this tour is included with the ticket price.
What's on for families at the Tower of London
There’s always plenty to see and do at the Tower of London during the holidays. If you are planning to visit London during Christmas, Easter or the summer, it’s worth taking a look at the Tower of London website before you arrive here. Some children’s activities may require advanced booking. There are guided tours that take place in costumes of past times, this only adds to the intrigue of the visit for the little ones where they can discover the amazing history of the place for themselves. There are also fun activity trails that include crafts and story times for the very young.
The Tower of London is open seven days a week, Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Sunday to Monday from 10.00am to 4.30pm, with last admissions at 4.00pm. The Tower is closed from 24th to 26th December every year as well as on 1st January. Tickets are priced at 24.50 GBP (37 USD) for adults, and 11 GBP (16 USD) for children. Concessions and cheaper rates are available online.
Enjoy the history of Great Britain’s oldest royal palaces
Whether it’s the wonderful architecture or the sumptuous Crown Jewels, there is certainly something for everyone at the Tower of London. Come and enjoy the sights and rich history of Great Britain’s oldest royal palaces.
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