St Paul's Cathedral, Tower of London & River Cruise
Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower of London Admission
Tower of London
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Experience history where it happened and take a visit to the Tower of London. One of the capital’s most famous historical landmarks with a rich and fascinating history, it's no surprise that well over 3 million people visit the Tower of London each year.
Founded by William the Conqueror towards the end of 1066, the Tower was originally built as a royal palace and defence system and took around 20 years to build in total. This 900-year-old castle has so much history to explore. Mini historians can learn about the many different purposes that the Tower served in its day – it was home to the Royal Mint and even a zoo, and throughout history, it has been a fortress, palace and prison. Now, the Tower is the protector of the Crown Jewels and is home to the Yeoman Warders, the Resident Governor and a garrison of soldiers.
If you visit, why not take a free guided tour by a Yeoman Warders (also known as a Beefeaters and Tower of London guards), who have been protecting the Tower since Tudor times. Unearth the Tower’s secrets as you’re guided by a knowledgeable Beefeater. There’s no doubt, it will get your kids excited about history. Could you have a better guide to take you inside the Tower of London? Kidadler Tanya says the "kids loved it", and Elizabeth recommends taking "one of the beefeater tours, they're really good and informative."
Be prepared to be dazzled by the breathtaking world-famous Crown Jewels, which have an estimated worth of over £20 billion. It’s no surprise that visitors question if they’re real!
Looking to make the day of it and visit more London attractions? Walk to Tower Bridge, which will transport you to Victorian London. Or take a trip to Hampton Court Palace and learn about this former home of Henry VIII. Windsor Castle is also worth a visit for more royal history! If you're on the hunt for a more deluxe London sightseeing experience, why not explore the capital in style on a beautifully restored Routemaster bus with afternoon tea at Westminster Abbey.
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Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after some of the most extraordinary buildings and palaces, including the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, the Banqueting House in Whitehall and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland. Delve into the deep history of all the palaces and discover the stories of how monarchs and others have shaped society in some of the greatest palaces ever built.
Kids and adults alike can experience history where it happened at these six palaces, which have seen over 1,000 years of history. Whether you are visiting in person or virtually, there is so much to see and do. Discover a series of events for families, including garden trails, family trails, Yeoman Warder tours and spectacular exhibitions. A trip to one of these palaces will leave everyone impressed!
Historic Royal Palaces is self-funded and depend on the support of their visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. They exist to ensure the future of the palaces and their aim is not only to protect both the palaces and the life in them but also to help visitors experience the history firsthand.