Tower Of London

Posted On November 26, 2009 

Commonly known as Tower of London is the Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress also it is historically known as the tower. It is a well-planned building and a fortress having an historical importance. It is located on the banks of river Thames in the central London in England. It is separated from the city due to its eastern edge also it is situated inside the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It has the honor of being the oldest building which is still in use by the British Government.

The original tower was been built in 1078 by the William the Conqueror. Generally the tower is been recognized with its white tower. Actually the tower has many building with its construction making it a complex of numbers of buildings. The tower is surrounded by two rings of wall which act as the moat and the defensive wall.

Primarily the tower was used as a prison, a royal house as well as fortress. The prison was been used for high profile prisoners such as Queen Elizabeth I and the Princes in the tower. Thus the statement “sent to tower” came in use which means send to the prison. Since the early 13th century it was use to house the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. The tower did also served as a place of an observatory, execution as well as torture, the royal Mind, an armoury, a public record building, a zoo and also a treasury.

The tower of London, these days in looked after by an autonomous charity.  It receives no sponsorship from the government.

Tower of London

A dry waterway surrounds the whole tower also you can use the stone bridge if you are willing to cross the ditch at the south western side. The stone bridge leads to the Byward tower. The middle tower has a gateway called the Lion tower. Today, The Tower has became the most popular tourist destination. Beside the tower there is a huge collection of Royal armouries. Also a relic of the wall that belongs to the Roman fortress is kept on the display.

Yeomen Warders act as a tour guide. They are commonly known as the Beefeaters. They provide security to the tourists. It can be truly said that they are the tourist’s attraction in their own way.

Every evening a ceremony of keys take place and the warders participate in such a ceremony. To secure the tower at night they warders stay in the tower at night. It is expected that the warders should possess his house outside the tower.

The Tower of London is also famous for being the most haunted building in England. A beheaded ghost of Queen Anne Boleyn as well as ghosts of Henry VI, Margaret Pole as well as Jane Grey is also seen walking around the tower.

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is the nearest located airport. The nearest under ground station to the tower is the Tower Hill on the district as well as circle lines. The Tower gateway station is located very near to the tower on the Docklands light railway. The London Fenchurch Street is with in the proximity of the national rail. You can also use the waterways as the Thames Clipper as well as the cruise boats do stop at the Tower Millennium Pier. The best time to visit the city is from October to January. The working time of the tower is 09:00 to 16:30 from Tuesday to Saturday and 10:00 to 16:30 from Sunday to Monday. The entrance ticket costs £17.00 for an adult and £9.50 for children.

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