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Tower of London

Tower of London

Tower of London

Quick facts

The Tower of London, officially known with full name as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in the center of London.

The Tower of London has played an important role in the UK history. It was a strategic place, and whoever was controlling it was able to control the city and entire country. It has served various purposes through history: an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public record office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of England.

Throughout its history, the tower has housed a diverse group of inmates, ranging from deposed monarchs to simple criminals. Lady Jane Grey, who was queen for approximately a week in the 16th century until being ousted by Mary I, was among those imprisoned.

Two princes, Edward and Richard, ages 12 and 9, who were the sons of Edward IV, were also imprisoned (died 1483). They don’t appear to have ever left the tower alive, and some speculate that they were murdered by Richard III, their uncle who usurped the crown.

 

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Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard, two of Henry VIII’s wives, were imprisoned and later executed. Henry VIII, who converted England to Protestantism, imprisoned and later executed a number of dissenting clergymen, including his erstwhile counselor Thomas More.

Today, the tower is guarded by bearded Yeoman Warders, also known as “Beefeaters.”

Warders, or ‘Waiters,’ as they were sometimes called, created and acted likely a friendly society, sharing the rewards of their official and unofficial tasks through dividends,” writes Parnell. Renting out areas of the ground and taking tourists around could bring in some cash.

Top hotels near Tower of London

Conrad London St James

Conrad London St James

Conrad London St James is located within Queen Anne’s Chambers, less than a 5-minute walk from Westminster Abbey and Big Ben in London. With free WiFi throughout, the hotel is only a 4-minute walk from Parliament Houses and half a...

Cheval Three Quays

Cheval Three Quays at The Tower of London

Located in The City, Cheval Three Quays at the Tower of London is a perfect starting point from which to explore London. Featuring a complete list of amenities, guests will find their stay at the property a comfortable one.

The Royal Horseguards

The Royal Horseguards

The Royal Horseguards is a lovely 5-star hotel between the Thames River and Trafalgar Square in London. It has a luxurious combination of history and contemporary style. It has a restaurant with 2 AA Rosette, a view of the gym...

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Interesting facts about Tower of London

Here are some interesting facts about this impressive historic landmark:

  • Due to some old legend, at least 6 ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all time, for superstitious reasons.
  • There are over 23,500 jewels kept in Marin Tower (part of the Tower of London) today.
  • The Royal Zoo was hosted in Tower of London from 13th until 19th century.

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Safe travels!