ATTRACTION: The Tower of London
LOCATION: A 3-minute walk from the Tower Hill Tube Station.
COST: £17.50 for an Adult ticket.
One might be surprised to find that The Tower of London actually consists of several towers, including: Martin Tower (which is apparently haunted, according to the Beefeaters – guides that lead daily tours around the fortress), Bloody Tower (where many of the horrificmedieval torture instruments are kept), White Tower (which sits at the very center of the fortress), and Salt Tower, which has drawings on the walls dating back centuries ago, carved into the stone walls by various prisoners during their respective periods of incarceration.
There is also an exhibit about the royal menagerie that used to house all the “beasts”, kept in captivity to entertain the royals. Although there are currently no living animals on the premises (besides the Ravens that circle the fortress walls), there are still reminders of their former presence in the form of animal models woven out of wire, as well as drawings and anecdotes about their interaction with the humans.
Next to this building lies the safe that holds the Crown Jewels. Here you will find jeweled crowns, scepters and swords once used by the royals, as well as plates, goblets and punch bowls made of solid gold. The entire collection speaks to the wealth and extravagance of the British monarchy over the ages.
The last significant exhibit featured the royal armory: this exhibit features suits of armor of all shapes and sizes, for both the soldiers and the horses that they rode into battle.
There are so many things to do at the Tower of London, plan on being there for an entire day if you want to experience all that it has to offer. It’s a bit expensive, but definitely worth the money.
– Marisa Breese