Tower of London travel
Both a fortress and a place of execution, the Tower of London is one of the most popular sites for visitors to London. Visiting such a complex and large site can be overwhelming, especially when traveling with children or during the busy summer holidays. In order to better enjoy your time at the Tower of London, we’ve pulled together our best advice and resources to help you plan your visit.
When visiting the Tower you’ll do lots of walking on uneven, cobbled areas. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and as you may spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s a good idea to dress warmly in winter (and on rainy days).
Bring a snack and a bottle of water, especially if traveling with children. If you forgot to pack them, no panic. There are 5 cafes and kiosks selling drinks and food in the tower. The easiest and quickest is the Raven’s kiosk or the New Armouries Cafe – excellent food which gives you the stamina to make the most of your day.
Apply for the Ceremony of the Keys well in advance. This 700 year old ceremony takes place every night and can be experienced for free. If you are keen to join in, just apply online on the Tower of London website, but beware, tickets sell out pretty quickly.
For a great view of Tower Bridge, and a great photo op, have your camera ready while on the ramparts. Bridge lifts are scheduled in advance and can be found here.
TOUR OPTIONS WITH CONTEXT
If you want a very exclusive view of the Tower, you could have your own special visit to the Tower and the Crown Jewels. One of the best times to visit is actually before the Tower opens for the day. By doing this we can offer your a private tour of the Jewel House so that they can see the Crown Jewels without battling against our thousands of day visitors. Just contact our office for details.
beefeaters – Also know as the Yeoman Warders, they are the ceremonial guards of the Tower of London.
House of Windsor – The House of Windsor came into being in 1917, when the name was adopted as the British Royal Family’s official name by a proclamation of King George V, replacing the historic name of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. It remains the family name of the current Royal Family.
Magna carta – A charter, signed by King John of England in 1215, that declared that no one, including the king, was above the law.
United Kingdom – A sovereign state including the countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
multi-party system – A system of government in which multiple parties have the capacity to gain control of government offices. The three major parties in the UK are the Conservative and Unionist Party, the Labour Party, and the Liberal Democrats.
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Hilary Mantel
50 AD Founding of London (Londinium)
125 AD Londinium destroyed by fire
200 AD City wall and gates built
604 AD First St Paul’s Cathedral built
1066 AD Norman conquest and destruction of Saxon ruling class
1067 AD William is crowned King in Westminster Abbey
1067 AD William II grants the City of London the right to the freedom and independence
1100 AD The White Tower is built
1517 AD Martin Luther writes 95 Theses, criticizing the church and sparking the Protestant Reformation
1534 AD Act of Supremacy passed declaring Henry VIII to be the “Supreme Head of the Church of England”
1536-38 AD Dissolution of Monasteries by Harry VIII
1642-51 AD English Civil War and death of Charles I followed by removal and reinstatement of monarchy in 1650
1666 AD The Great Fire of London destroys three-quarters of London and makes about 100, 000 people homeless
1688 AD Glorious Revolution leads to formation of constitutional English monarchy
1689 AD Bill of Rights
1701 AD Act of Settlement: No Roman Catholic, nor anyone married to a Roman Catholic, could hold the English Crown
1707 AD The Acts of Union with Scotland (1707) and Ireland (1800) created a single Parliament for Great Britain and then for the United Kingdom.
1798 AD Battle of the Nile brings masses of Egyptian treasures into British collections
1805 AD Battle of Trafalgar asserts English naval supremacy over the French
1815 AD Battle of Waterloo
1832 AD Great Reform Act establishes basis of parliamentary democracy
1837 AD Queen Victoria becomes monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
1914-18 AD World War I sparks social and political change
1940-41 AD The Blitz destroys about sixty percent of the homes in London with as many as 139, 000 civilian casualties