The Tower of London, one of the most prominent landmarks of London, has dominated the landscape of the city since 1078 AD; as a silent witness to centuries of intrigue, politics and bloodshed. Starting as a castle in the Norman period, the tower has served as a royal court and palace, garrison, armoury, prison, execution grounds and even torture chambers.

History

The Tower of London has dominated the landscape of London since 1078 AD. It has been witnessed to centuries of intrigue, politics and bloodshed. The tower started as a castle in the Norman period and served as a royal court, palace, armory, garrison, prison, execution grounds and even torture chambers. The medieval period’s violence made the tower a symbol of oppression for the Londoners and it was much despised during its heydays.

Instances of violence seems to have seeped into the this monument like the time when Henry VIII had his wife Anne Boylene incapacitated. It is said that her ghost can be seen walking through those very galleries on the anniversary of her execution, her head under her arm. Other ghosts who are said to roam in the tower are of Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey (executed during the Wyatt’s rebellion), Margret Pole (chased and hacked to death) and the Princes, murdered in the tower and exhumed three centuries later.

Information

DaysEveryday
TimingTue – Sat9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sun – Mon10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Last Admission5:00 PM
Entrance Fees (till 28 Feb 2014)
 IndividualGroup(>15)
Adult£21.45£17.55
Child (<16 years)£10.75£8.78
Concessions(Students, Disabled, >60 years)£18.15£14.85
Family (2 adults, 3 children)£57.20
Reaching London Tower
London UndergroundTower Hill underground station
TrainFenchurch Street or London Bridge stations
Docklands Light RailwayTower Gateway Station adjacent to Tower Hill station
BusRoutes: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1
RiverboatTower Pier departing from Charing Cross, Westminster and Greenwich

 

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