on April 2, 2010
The Tower of London is one of the most famous London attractions and a very popular one too. It is a historic fortress and the nearest tube stop is Tower Hill. It is easily accessible from all parts of London. It was actually used as a prison for most of its history and has held people such as Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey. It also has many other historic features with all the separate buildings being famous themselves and the Crown Jewels are here too. You will also see the famous ravens and Beefeaters here. Ticket Prices The standard ticket prices for an adult are now £17 and for under 16`s it is £9.50. There are other rates available for concessions and group discounts. You can also buy an audio tour for £4 which might be worth having but we choose to not get one! What is there to see and do? Well actually there is a lot to see here and there are many famous things and things to see here as well as the excellent history of the tower with many famous prisoners and executions. The Crown Jewels are one of the most famous and popular things to see at the Tower of London. The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London are actually the greatest collection of crown jewels in the world and there are 23578 amazing gems to see here! The Crown of Jewels are simply amazing and stunning when you look at them. There is a moving conveyor belt in the busiest bit of the Crown Jewels so people can't stop too long which is a great idea! There are so many fantastic gems here and they include the biggest diamonds I have ever seen! However it is quite crowded here and it is not something that lasts for that a long time as the amazement at looking at fantastic gems wears off after a while. When I went as well there was an activity set up in the now dried up moat and I learnt about various types of weapons and it was quite interesting! Children also seemed to enjoy this and they also talked about how you could attack the castle and the defences they had and how hard it would be to get to. You can also go on a tour with a Yeoman Warder (or Beefeater!) The tour is included in the ticket price and lasts for about an hour. There is a tour about every half an hour. They tell you all about the intriguing history and show you some of the famous points. All the Beefeaters have actually come from a military background and they all seem proud of the Tower`s great history. There are also many other various buildings you go in and learn about the history of the Tower and I think there was a section about executions and torture when I went. In the White Tour there is also a fantastic exhibition where you get to see Henry VIII's suites of armour and weapons and this is a very interesting exhibition. It is quite funny as well to see the size of his armour as he gets older as it increases! There is a lot to do here and it was spread out over 3 floors! This is also included in the ticket price. I think this might have changed slightly now but there is still royal armour here and I would recommend this section! There is also a place to eat here but I can`t comment on it as I did not go in there. It is very busy there as it is such a popular and famous attraction but it is still worth seeing and you just have to put up with it! The Tower of London lasts you a whole day really and we were there for about five hours. There is so much to see and do there that it really is worth the high price to enter and the long queues. It is a fantastic attraction with a great history and if you live near it are in London you should visit it at least once! I might have actually liked a little more time just to wander around really and see everything in lots of detail. Overall the Tower of London is well worth visiting! This review might also appear on other sites under the names ns1209 and mariofan123.
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