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About Tower of London

The 1,000 year old fortress in the centre of London - and at the heart of British history. Famous as the home of the Crown Jewels, iconic Beefeaters, legendary ravens…and bloody tales of prisoners and executions. UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient stones reverberate with dark secrets, priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and ravens strut the grounds. The Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror in 1066, is one of the world’s most famous fortresses, and one of Britain’s most visited historic sites. Despite a grim reputation for a place of torture and death, there are so many more stories to be told about the Tower. This powerful and enduring symbol of the Norman Conquest has been enjoyed as a royal palace, served as an armoury and 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.

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Street address: , London

Phone: +44 20 3166 6000


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Monday: 10:00 - 17:00

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  • Happy #WorldPoetryDay! 🖋️ Remembered today as a prolific medieval poet, Charles, Duke of Orléans was captured after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 and spent the next 25 years as a prisoner in England, held at various castles including the To...

  • On 18 March 1554, Princess (later Queen) Elizabeth was imprisoned at the Tower of London, possibly here in the Upper Bell Tower. Aged 20, Elizabeth had been accused of involvement in Sir Thomas Wyatt’s rebellion, which aimed to oust her half-sist...

  • On 15 March 1554, Sir Thomas Wyatt was tried and sentenced to death for leading a failed rebellion against Mary I. Wyatt opposed Queen Mary’s staunch Catholicism, and the strengthening of ties between England and Spain through her proposed marria...

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  • This one had a lot to say! Lol.

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  • Fantastic tour by a fantastic Yeoman Warder. Definitely knew his stuff and got everyone joining in and laughing as they learnt. Well done Sir! Loved every minute of it.

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