"Traitors Gate at the Tower of London" Tower of London Tip by smschley

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Traitors Gate was originally known as Water Gate, but was later changed when it was used as the landing for the Crown's enemies. All important prisoners entered the Tower through this gate. According to legend when Princess Elizabeth arrived on Palm Sunday 1554 she refused at first to land at the gate, angrily proclaiming that she was no traitor. A sharp shower of rain however, caused her to change her mind. Later when as Queen she visited the Tower she insisted on passing through Traitors Gate. "What was good enough for Elizabeth the Princess is good enough for Elizabeth the Queen", she is supposed to have told the Constable.

Address: Tower Hill, EC3
Directions: Tower Hill tube
Phone: 0 20 7709 0765
Website: http://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/#gs._Azeo84

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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