Initially named The White Tower by its creator William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has been everything from a royal residence to a prison in its time. Its protective surrounding moat gives it a truly medieval feel.
Look out for the six protective ravens surrounding the Tower! Legend states that if they leave, the tower and kingdom will fall. Luckily, other security measures are also on hand: Yeoman Wardens – popularly known as Beefeaters – can be seen standing guard. Join the Yeoman Warder tour to hear their tales of intrigue, imprisonment and torture.
Inside, the Tower of London hosts fascinating historical objects, including the beautiful Crown Jewels! See the armoured Line of Kings and hear fascinating stories of the wild beasts which were kept captive in the Tower.
If you fancy sticking around, at precisely 9:53pm every night you can watch the Tower’s tradition, carried out over the centuries: the Chief Yeoman Warder’s daily ceremony of handing over the keys, including the phrase ‘HALT! Who comes there?’ – that is, providing the Chief Yeoman Warder’s watch doesn’t stop!
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