Tower of London

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900 years of history are enshrined within the thick, turreted walls of the Tower of London. Originally built as a stronghold by William the Conqueror in 1066, the Tower of London was expanded over the years by various monarchs. Its most distinctive feature is also its oldest, the White Tower built in 1078 by William the Conqueror as a symbol of the Norman supremacy. Although variously used as a royal residence, armory and mint, the Tower of London is best known for its stint as a prison and the site of numerous executions, most notably of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh and Prince Edward V are a few of the other famous personalities who were imprisoned here. Stories of treason, conspiracy and espionage are rife amid these historic walls, countless secrets just waiting to be uncovered. Another curious feature are the ravens here, that are said to safeguard the British Crown. Today, the Tower of London is a museum and the home of the fabulous Crown Jewels. Tours of the castle are led by the Yeomen Warders, also popularly known as the Beefeaters.

Location:  Lower Thames Street, St Katharine's & Wapping

Business hours:  Mar-Oct - Mo 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Mar-Oct - Tu-Sa 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Mar-Oct - Su 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Nov-Feb - Mo 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Nov-Feb - Tu-Sa 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Nov-Feb - Su 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.