The Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7, is one of the world’s most famous fortresses yet despite its grim reputation as a place of torture and death, there are so many more stories to be told.
The world famous collection of fabulous finery and regalia – the Crown Jewels housed in a Jewel House, fit for the 21st century, the priceless collection holds some of the most legendary and extraordinary diamonds in the world. The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London are a unique working collection of royal regalia and are still regularly used by the Queen in important national ceremonies, such as the State opening of Parliament.
A castle built to strike fear and submission into the unruly citizens of London and deter foreign invaders - today you cannot miss the iconic White Tower, a symbol of London and Britain, overlooking the River Thames. Inside you will find the world’s longest running visitor attraction, The Line of Kings. A line of wooden horses, this is the surviving remnant of one of the oldest - and oddest - collections at the Tower. From murky beginnings as the Horse Armoury it is part propaganda, part fantasy, and the longest running visitor attraction in the world.
Coins and kings; the Royal Mint at the Tower, an exhibit devoted to telling the history of the Mint located at the Tower for over 500 years. Learn of Isaac Newton's efforts to rid London of counterfeiters when he was Warden of the Mint, Edward I's harsh punishments for people who tampered with his coins, Elizabeth I's restoration of the coinage following her father Henry VIII’s disastrous meddling, and Charles II's rejection of Commonwealth money.
Beefeater tours - This body of men and one woman has guarded the fortress for centuries. Join one of their tours and you'll be amazed and possibly appalled by tales that have been passed down for generations. Pain and passion, treachery and torture, all delivered with their inimitable style!
This is just a taster, there is much more in the Medieval Palace, Bloody Tower, on Tower Green see the Ravens and walk along the ancient walls………
From Febraury Half Term
Downlaod the new app and go on an interactive adventure around the Tower. Meet characters from history, do challenges and win badges! Search 'Time Explorers' in your mobile phones App Store
29 March - 21 October
Relive the exciting Middle Ages, when knights, soldiers and peasants fought to possess the Tower, the greatest fortress inthe kingdom! Will you fight for the king or against him? Additionally from 18 July - 4 September Knights in Armour clash in single combat! Will your champion conquer the Tower or fall? Cheer on the attackers or the defenders as the sparks fly!
25 July - 12 August 2016
This interactive trail for families has scrambled up the Tower's stories. Can you put them back togeather again? Meet characters from the past, handle objects, look for clues, can you connect the pieces as you explore 1000 years of history?
3 - 5 October 2016
Please note that the installation of the 160th Constable of the Tower will result in early closures with the last admission at 14:30hrs for this private event
NEW! Hands on History
From 27 December 2016
Meet the characters who worked in and around the Tower. Discover more about their lives and their backgrounds and experience what their jobs involved in this famous fortress.
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Nearest station: Tower Hill
Directions: Use District or Circle lines to Tower Hill station. Follow direction signs to the Tower. The main entrance is a 5 minute walk from the station.
Nearest stations: Fenchurch Street or London Bridge
Follow direction signs from either station. Fenchurch Street is approx a 5 minute walk to the Tower, London Bridge 15 minutes.
Cycle Racks are located on the Wharf opposite the Perkin Reveller restaurant.
There are three cycle stands at the Tower which are located next to the main shop.
Tower Gateway Station is located adjacent to Tower Hill station. Follow direction signs to the main entrance of the Tower.
Bus routes: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1
The Tower is also served by all major sightseeing bus tours.
Nearest river access: Tower Pier
Directions: Riverboats for Tower Pier depart from Charing Cross, Westminster and Greenwich.
The closest car and coach park is managed by Apcoa Parking UK Ltd.
For up-to-date pricing information and car park opening and closing times please contact the City of London Corporation on 020 7332 1548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org