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"Famous as a place of..." Tower of London Tip by mmanchack

Tower of London, London: 525 reviews and 941 photos


Famous as a place of imprisonment and death, the Tower of London has also been used as a royal residence, armory, mint, observatory and home to the Royal Crown Jewels. The Tower, one of Britain's main tourist attractions, overlooks the Thames River at the eastern boundary of the old city walls. Some of the Tower’s most famous history includes a 13 year imprisonment by Sir Walter Raleigh, and the beheading of Anne Boleyn and her cousin Catherine Howard (Henry VIII's second and fifth wives). The nearby Bloody Tower is where the twelve-year-old Edward V and his ten-year-old brother were accommodated 'for their own safety' in 1483 by their uncle, the future Richard III, and later murdered. The Waterloo Barracks, within the Tower complex, hold the Crown Jewels, which is possibly the most popular reason to visit the Tower of London. The White Tower is the original 'Tower', begun in 1076, and is now home to a display of arms and armor. Definitely consider taking one of the free guided tours, given every thirty minutes by one of the Beefeaters (officially known as Yeoman Warders). VERY INTERESTING PLACE!

Address: St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB
Directions: Nearest Tube, Tower Hill. At Tower Hill.
Phone: +44 844 482 7777

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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