Tower of London


This historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames was founded in 1066, with its White Tower built by William the Conqueror about 12 years later. With its defensive walls and moat, the castle has been used as a royal residence, armoury, treasury and even a prison. Many public figures who had fallen into disgrace, such as Elizabeth I before she became queen, have been held here, leading to the phrase “sent to the Tower”. It also earned a reputation as a place of torture and death – although not always fairly given more executions were held at Tower Hill on the north of the site. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the priceless Crown Jewels, learn the legend of the Tower’s ravens, and see the swords and armour on display.

  • Historic buildings
  • The Tower of London, London, England, EC3N 4AB
  • City of London
  • Tower Hill (District Line, Circle Line)
  • 4402031666000
  • 1 March-31 October: Tuesday to Saturday, 9am-5.30pm; Sunday to Monday, 10am-5.30pm; last admission 17.00. 1 November-28 February: Tuesday to Saturday, 9am-4.30pm; Sunday-Monday, 10am-4.30pm; last admission 4pm. All internal buildings close 30 minutes after the last admission. The Tower is closed on 24-26 December (inclusive) and 1 January. The last Yeoman Warder tour starts at 2.30pm (in winter) and 3.30pm (in summer).
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