The Tower of London
Historic Treasures in an Historic Place
First things first, the Tower of London has a seriously long history. It was built way back in the 11th century, and since then, it’s served many different roles. It’s been a royal palace, a prison, a treasury, and even a menagerie for exotic animals.
What’s it all about?
When you step foot inside, you’ll be transported back in time. You’ll see these towering stone walls that are just oozing with stories and secrets. One of the most iconic things you’ll notice is the White Tower, which is the centerpiece of the whole site. Inside, you’ll find all sorts of cool exhibits, like the Royal Armouries, where you can check out medieval weapons and armor.
As you explore further, you’ll stumble upon the Crown Jewels. This is where the bling of the British monarchy is kept safe and sound. Sparkling diamonds, dazzling crowns, and other priceless treasures are on display. It’s like stepping into a treasure trove fit for a king or queen. Just don’t get any ideas about snatching a diamond or two!
What can I expect to see?
Let’s not forget the famous Beefeaters! These guys are the ceremonial guards who protect the Tower. They’re dressed in those distinctive Yeoman Warder uniforms and know their history like the back of their hand. If you’re lucky, you might even catch one of their entertaining guided tours. They’ll regale you with tales of prisoners, executions, and all the juicy drama that unfolded within these ancient walls.
And speaking of prisoners, you can also check out the infamous Bloody Tower. It’s got a pretty dark past. It’s where some high-profile figures, like Anne Boleyn and Sir Walter Raleigh, were imprisoned before their untimely demises. It’s a chilling reminder of the tower’s darker side and the power struggles that have gone down over the centuries.
Where is The Tower of London located?
We’ve included a Google Maps route to help guide you there.
How do I get there from the Berrys drop off point?
Getting to The Tower of London from our Hammersmith drop-off is easy and will take approximately 37 minutes by Underground. At Hammersmith, hop on the District Line bound for Upminster. After 16 stops, exit the Underground at Tower Hill. Walk across Trinity Square Gardens and the Tower will be directly in front of you.