Sunday, 21 August 2016

A Visit To The Tower Of London

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The Tower Of London has been on my 'to visit' list for a while now. Somehow I managed to miss the school trips to visit and because of that, I've never visited. We had a lot of Tesco Clubcard points (all the cool kids have them) stocked up and cashed them in for tickets to visit the Tower Of London last week. 

It's so easy to get to and hard to miss too! We took the Circle and District tube line from Victoria Station, which took about 20 minutes, to Tower Hill then it's just across the road from the station. Tickets are £25 each, which does seem pricey at first but you get a lot from it!

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We'll start at the entrance (a good place to begin...) where we met a Yeomen Warder, also known as a Beefeater who would be our tour guide. The tour started in the moat, which is now empty of water because of a not-so-clever architect who didn't have the basic understanding of how to get rid of moat water! 

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Our Beefeater was called Barry and he took us around the grounds for about 40-50 minutes, talking about the history and the Beefeater role in modern history. Did you know there's still 37 Beefeaters who live and work at the Tower Of London still? It was really interesting to hear all about the crimes people committed and who was beheaded here. The story about Anne Boylen beheaded at the Tower was quite interesting.

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We moved around the grounds to different places at the Tower Of London. This famous gate is known as Traitors Gate, where prisoners were brought in by boat or barge into the tower. Of course, there's various towers, The Bloody Tower, The Martin Tower, The Beauchamp Tower etc. which all have mini museums inside about particular events which happened there. London Zoo used to be at the Tower Of London many years ago! 

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After our tour, we visited the Crown Jewels. If you like lots of sparkly and gold jewellery and objects, you'll love this place! It holds one of the largest diamonds from the Crown Jewels, which is over 500 carats and was cut from a larger diamond in a mine in South Africa. This area can get quite busy, so I'd recommend going there first to skip the queues!

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In the White Tower, you'll find four floors of history. From the armour to weapons and the Chapel of St John the Evangelist, it's the oldest medieval building at the Tower Of London and a must-see. Another tower you must visit is The Bloody Tower, it's only a little room but it tells you all about the torture equipment they used and punishments they would give to prisoners. 

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Finally, I'd recommend walking along the walls of the Tower Of London for the views and atmosphere. It's so close to the river and a great spot for photos of the Tower Bridge - if you get a clear and sunny day like ours, then it's a bonus! The walk doesn't take too long and allows you to visit each tower too, at your own pace.

Overall, I'd 100% recommend visiting the Tower Of London. It can take up to a whole day to do, if you visit every area and take all the tours, but it's well worth it for a flashback of British history. For more info, visit the Tower Of London website.

Have you been to the Tower Of London before? Where do you recommend visiting next?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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