Total Tower of London
Historical Walking Tour
260 GBP - Private Group Price
2,5 Hours Duration
Your Private Guide: Hugh Burn
Guide Languages: English
The Tower of London or the Bloody Tower as Queen Mary always called it has stood over London for nearly 1000 years. A hard place to get into or out of, it is most famous for housing the Crown Jewels and for its history as a State prison. Built soon after the conquest of England in 1066, the Tower was added to and used as a Royal residence until the 17th century.
The Tower of London actually has 22 towers. There are two curtain walls, an outer and an inner bailey. It is well guarded by Yeoman Warders and soldiers. You will hear spine-chilling ghost stories, about daring escapes and the day to day life of the famous Beefeaters. The tour starts with a visit to see the Crown Jewels. Standing at the heart of this medieval castle, waiting our turn to go in, is a good time for me to explain the purpose and history of both the Crown Jewels and the Tower. Some of the precious stones have their own names and significance, some have caused the most terrible misfortune. All the Crown Jewels are priceless.
The White Tower is the original tower and gives this castle its name. Inside there is much arms and amour. As we are a small group (no more than 8) I am able to stop and give short talks next to the exhibits. Outside is the Tower Green, surrounded by houses of those who live here and the church. This is the execution site, where I shall give you a sense of what it was like to face death on a scaffold. In the Beauchamp Tower, the visitor can see the names and messages scratched on the walls by prisoners long ago. Knowing a little about their stories will dramatically increase their power.
Next to the Bloody Tower, where Sir Walter Rayleigh was confined for 13 years and from where the Princes disappeared. The water entrance, known as Traitor’s Gate holds up St. Thomas’s Tower. King Edward 1 resided here and next door in the Wakefield Tower his father Henry 111 built his palace. Under it we shall see instruments of torture and then, as we are close to both the restaurant and the exit, this is a good place to end the tour.
To see everything in the Tower the ideal amount of time to spend in the Tower is a little over 2 hours.
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