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Tower of London

Tower of London in London

The Tower of London is one of the monuments deep inside in history of London. It lies on the north bank of the River Thames, in the Tower Hamlets district, a strategic location for the defense of the city. The tower treasure is the incredible Crown Jewels.

The construction of this fortress dates back to 1070, when King William the Conqueror ordered its construction after the conquest of England in 1066 to defend the city from possible enemies and gain the respect of the population.

The first stage of the tower was a temporary wooden building, which in 1097 would be replaced by the White Tower that currently can be seen in the center of the walled compound.

In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries the fortress was expanded considerably during the reign of Richard the Lionheart, Henry III and Edward I, adding the two walled rings with 19 towers, thirteen in the inner wall and the six outer wall.

The main function of the Tower of London was to protect the city from attacks, although years later was used as a prison reserved for high-ranking personalities. Kings, aristocrats and clerics accused of treason were arrested, tortured and executed here.

Among those famous people who were executed in the Tower of London for treason, was the wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn; lawyer, writer and politician Thomas More, among other figures of royalty like Queen Jane Greay and several counts and countesses.

Apart from fulfilling the function of fortress, prison and Royal Palace, has also served as a store of weapons and treasures.

Tourists are attracted to the mysteries of the Tower and the Crown Jewels that are kept here, surrounded by an extensive security system, and that can be observed with admiration through bulletproof glass.

We recommend that visitors to this exhibition will first thing in the morning to avoid the long lines and buy a ticket at the station or the best option is to buy the ticket online, for no hours waiting in the queue.

Additional information

Location
The Tower of London, Tower Hamlets district
Visiting Hours
Summer (March 1 to October 31): Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm. Sunday to Monday from 10am to 6pm
Winter (November 1 to February 28): Tuesday to Saturday: 9am to 5pm. Sunday to Monday from 10am to 7pm
Price
Adults: £ 19.80
Students and people over 60 years: £ 17.05
Children under 16: £ 10.45
Transport
Metro: Station in Tower Hill
Bus: 8, 9, 11, 15, 15B, 22B, 25, 133 and 501
Contact
Phone: +44 (0) 844 482 7799
Website: http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/

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