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The Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7, is one of the world’s most famous fortresses, and one of Britain’s most visited historic sites.

Tower of London

Despite a grim reputation as a place of torture and death, there are many fascinating stories to be told about the Tower. The building is a powerful and enduring symbol of the Norman Conquest and has been enjoyed as a royal palace, served as an armoury, a medieval fortress, a prison, the Royal Mint and, of course, as home to the Crown Jewels. For a few years in the 1830s, it even housed a zoo!

An intriguing cast of characters have played their part, including the dastardly jewel thief Colonel Blood, tragic Lady Jane Grey and maverick zoo keeper Albert Cops. Costumed guides, Yeoman Warders and recorded tours offer the gritty details to visitors. The Tower also runs a programme of regular costumed events and one-off specials, such as concerts in the Chapel Royal of St Peter Ad Vincula, 62-gun salutes and the Ceremony of the Keys.

Address

Tower of London EC3N 4AB. Find it on a Google map.

Opening hours

Tue-Sat 9am-4pm; Sun-Mon 10am-4pm  (Nov-Feb)

Tue-Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sun-Mon 10am-5.30pm (Mar-Oct)

Admission

Adults £21.45; concs £18.15; under 16s £10.75; Group discounts are available for groups of 15 visitors or more.

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