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The Tower of London represents all that England is about. Its construction began in 1078 when William the Conqueror began to construct a tower near and old Roman wall on the edge of the Thames River. The tower has since been a prison, a fortress, a royal residence, and is now a museum. It's also been used as a royal mint, royal armory, royal zoo, and royal observatory
King Henry III made this tower his home around 1240. He whitewashed the tower, widened the grounds to include a church, a great hall, and other buildings. The entire new area was named as the Tower of London and renamed the original tower the White Tower.
Of course there is the intrigue of the towers as well. King Edward V and his younger brother were murdered in the Garden Tower , which is now known as the Bloody Tower. In fact several royals have been executed within these walls.
After the reign of Henry VII, the Tower of London was never again used to house an English queen or king, but the dungeon was still used to hold England's enemies.
Today, the tower houses the crown jewels. There are 10 crowns on display, but only 1 is worn frequently. You will also see the Scepter with the Cross, which contains the 530 carat First Star of Africa (the largest cut diamond in the world).
You can also go into the White Tower and check out the suits of armor. Another thing to do is to take a tour with the Yeoman Wardens (Beefeaters). They really do have that sharp English wit. If you want you can just sit back and watch the ravens fly around. Be careful. They bite.
Adults 13.50 GBP
Children 9.00 GBP
Address: Tower Hill, EC3
Directions: Tower Hill tube
Phone: 0 20 7709 0765
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