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"Crown Jewels" Tower of London Tip by TRimer

Tower of London, London: 519 reviews and 919 photos

One must visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels. Work began on the infamous Tower of London in 1078 on the orders of William the Conqueror, 12 years after his Norman invasion of England. The tower, which is situated on the north bank of the River Thames and once dominated the city of London, is also known as the White Tower, after the Central Keep which is made of white Caen limestone. It remained a royal residence until the 16th century and was also a notorious prison where key historical figures, such as Catherine Howard, Sir Walter Raleigh, the two Royal Princes (Edward V and Richard Duke of York) and King Henry VI, lost their lives. Today, it houses the Crown Jewels and the Royal Armouries, and is also an important museum. The site is guarded by Yeoman Warders (or Beefeaters, so-called because they used to have to taste the king's food to see if it had been poisoned) and is apparently protected by ravens; according to legend if the ravens ever leave the tower a great disaster will take place in England.

Address: Tower of London
Directions: Underground: Tower Hill (District or Circle lines).
Phone: + 44(0) 20 7709 0765

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  • Updated Sep 30, 2002
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