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Tower of London

Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AB United Kingdom
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  • Tower of LondonPro 2014
    Ryan Windsor (Reserve123)
    5 Jul 16, 2014

    Tour the Tower and learn about the dark history. They will even show you the torture chambers, as well as other interesting locations around the tower.

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    4 Jul 12, 2014

    Everyone who goes wants to see the Crown Jewels which is where lines can be excruciatingly long (I've heard up to 2+ hr waits during the peak of summer). The cafe inside the tower isn't bad -- definitely eat there instead of the less than mediocre options near the entrance.

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    5 Jul 17, 2014

    The Crown Jewels, yeoman wardens (known as Beefeaters), torture, death, scandalous royal history—you’ll find it all at this 11th-century castle-cum-prison on the northern banks of the Thames. You can even arrive by riverboat, which is how they brought in prisoners, including Queen Elizabeth I, who managed to leave with her neck intact, and Mary Queen of Scots, who did not. Here, the past comes to life—and we’re not just talking about the ghosts who are said to wander its passages. Keep an eye out for the historical graffiti scraped into the walls of the Beauchamp Tower; one prisoner from 1622 simply wrote, “Close prisoner 32 weeks, 224 days, 5376 hours.”

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  • Tower of LondonPro 2014
    Lauren Baker
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    5 Jul 10, 2014

    There is so much history in these walls! I ended up spending almost a full day here and still didn't feel like I had seen everything. Definitely take the tour, you will learn a lot.

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  • Tower of LondonPro 2014
    Mel S Wong
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    5 Jun 30, 2014

    There's a sense of spookiness about the Tower of London. After all so many lives have been cut short (or heads cut off to be exact) here. A visit is a must. I really enjoy the beefeater (sorry Yeoman Wardens) docent led walks.

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    Audra-Aj Pratt
    4 Jun 15, 2014

    Very interesting g to walk through. So many terrible things, but so fascinating. Follow along with a tour they are wonderful and very entertaining.

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    Katherine Bond
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    4 May 21, 2014

    I love The Tower of London. It allows me to indulge in my silent fantasies of being Tudor royalty walking around as though it was my home ;)

    Plenty to see and the Yeoman are really friendly chaps. If you want your photo taking with them they are very happy to oblige! The crown jewels, the royal armoury and all the historical graffiti are my favourite bits to explore.

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    Elizabeth
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    5 May 19, 2014

    This is one of my favourite London attractions. I used to work closeby and have a season pass, so I spent many a lunchtime wandering around the grounds, and it never got old. It looks incredibly impressive in person, and there's so much history to explore. Also love it when they have actors dress up and walk around explaining things or posing for pictures. If you're in London for just a short time you really can't miss this.

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  • Tower of LondonPro 2014
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    5 Feb 26, 2014

    The Hippie spent hours avoiding the packed Crown Jewels building, focusing instead on the historical majesty of the Tower. She repeated over and over again her conviction that she may have been Ann Boleyn in a past life. The Yuppie just shook his head and agreed to get her another cup of tea.

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    Max Smith
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    4 Mar 22, 2014

    See the Beefeaters, see the legendary Tower, see the eerie ravens... A great trip, just beside the Monument and bordering the Thames.

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    Ree
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    3 Mar 22, 2014

    I would rate this higher, but I just felt really sick here. I couldn't wait to get out, that I couldn't really enjoy/explore. It was more like, how fast can I get through this fortress and out the exit. It was cool to see the "crown jewels" though. I did feel better once I left!

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  • Tower of LondonPro 2014
    Stuart Scott
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    4 Mar 22, 2014

    Pretty expensive to get in the last time I went but worth it as there is so much to see and do. Try to get on one of the tours run by the Yeomen/Beefeaters.

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    Laura Conklin
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    4 Mar 22, 2014

    Loved the history behind this. Some parts of the area such as the church are only open for about 30 minutes a day or with a tour guide. Be sure to stop and listen when you see a guide, you gain so much more information and access! The only items you got to see of history were the Crown Jewels and stuff on the armory. There were no old dresses of the queens or other people of court, no bedrooms all decked out and no example of their old market or things of such nature. Still a lot to be seen and learned though. Admission was just under 22 pounds a person. There is a cafe within the tower area that offers a nice selection of small bites and hot beverages.

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  • Tower of LondonPro 2014
    Rich Carriero
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    5 Mar 22, 2014

    The Tower is one of London's few truly old structures that managed to survive the great fire of 1666. The tower was built originally to protect the river approach to the city. It evolved into an ominous symbol of royal power. This is where the major beheadings and torture sessions typically took place. On the whole, it's a fun visit. You can learn about the torture implements, get your picture taken with a beefeater and generally experience a bit of England's medieval heritage.

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  • Tower of LondonPro 2014
    D'Maris Coffman
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    3 Jul 07, 2014

    Annoyingly expensive and over-touristed, but you can't not do it, especially with a family. Wonderful exhibits for all ages and pretty much emblematic of London. Plus the crown jewels are cool too.

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    Thais Guimaraes
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    4 Mar 22, 2014

    The tower of London is a remarkable building. One of my favorite things was to visit the torture room with all the torture machines and also the crown's jewels, although you can't really look at them calmly because you have to move really fast, for security reasons. They also say that if ever the crows abandoned the tower of London, then England would lose all its power, so be ready for lots of crows all over the grounds.

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    Stanley Chan
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    4 Nov 13, 2013

    The Tower of London is a must-see landmark to visit, for those visiting London, as it is full of history and legend. Many prisoners of war were held here, so it's quite a depressing site. But that's where history meets legend, which makes it even more interesting. On display are also knight's armors and weapons, which brings you back to medieval England!

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    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    5 Nov 12, 2013

    No trip to London is complete without a visit to the Tower of London. Great tour with a lot of interesting history tips. Take a look at the famous ravens that congregate up front.

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    Steve Hunter
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    5 Nov 09, 2013

    Add this to the list of places that as a history buff you must visit and go on a tour. The tours here are given by Beefeaters Guardsmen and they know their history ironclad rock solid. This place is known as the "Bloody" tower and rightly so...pay attention while the Beefeaters share the true stories from this towers dark past. Of note, it was built by William the Conquerer.

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    Rachel Greene
    4 Oct 20, 2013

    Tower of London was one of the only sights we had time to properly explore and visit (and even then, we didn't see all of it). It's a pretty expansive sight to see, with lots of interesting history. Don't forget to check out the gift shop for some hilarious trinkets.

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4.5 out of 5
246 members' reviews
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    9am-5pm Mon-Sat; 10am-5pm Sun (1st March-31st October); 9am-4pm Tues-Sat; 10am-4pm Sun & Mon (1st November-28th February)
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A dramatic place once full of political prisoners and torture, the macabre Tower of London now hosts more tourists than beheadings. The museum also has unmatched treasures -- of the Crown Jewels variety, a collection of some of the biggest and most famous diamonds in the world. On the banks of the River Thames, the royal Yeoman Warders, more commonly known as Beefeaters, still guard the historic ... read more
castle. The royal armory has five centuries worth of armor and weapons on display. The Tower Green looks like a peaceful courtyard, but it's where three queens of England, including Anne Boleyn, literally lost their heads. The complex was designated a World Heritage Site in 1988.

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