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The Tower of London

The Tower of London (or White Tower) was built, to awe, subdue and terrify Londoners and to deter foreign invaders. It’s now an iconic symbol of London and Britain and one of the world’s premier tourist attractions.

The Crown Jewels are the greatest working collection of Crown Jewels in the world and priceless symbols of British monarchy (watch for the ‘in use’ signs). They include the world’s most famous diamonds - the enormous Cullinan I and the notorious Koh-i-Noor are part of the collection that numbers 23,578 in total.

A Yeoman Warder tour is one of the most popular attractions for visitors to the Tower. The ‘Beefeaters’, as they are nicknamed, have long been symbols of London and Britain. It is thought their nickname is derived from their position in the Royal Bodyguard, which permitted them to eat as much beef as they wanted from the king's table.

A detachment of the ‘Yeomen of the Guard’, they’ve formed the Royal Bodyguard since at least 1509. Their origins stretch back as far as the reign of Edward IV (1461-83).

The Tower of London Address:       
The Tower of London
England, UK

The Tower of London Opening Times:
Summer, March 1st to October 31st
Tuesday – Saturday, 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Sunday to Monday, 10.00 am to 5.30 pm
Last admission, 5.00 pm

Winter, November 1st to February 29th
Tuesday – Saturday, 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Sunday to Monday, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm
Last admission, 4.00 pm
The Tower of London Admission:
Gate Price                                   
Adult  £16.00       
Child (under 16)  £9.50      
Concessions  £13.00 

See website for details of advance booking prices and groups
All internal buildings close 30 minutes after the last admission.

The Tower is closed 24th - 26th  December and 1st January (inclusive).

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