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All travelers who can’t wait to discover Foggy Albion will be amazed by a wide range of attractions waiting for in Great Britain. The Tower of London is especially popular and in favor of both tourists and local citizens due to its rich historical past.

A tower in the reality is a magnificent fortress located on the northern bank of the Thames river.

A mysterious and alluring place

Though England is rich in tourist destinations, this construction is one of the oldest in the country. The Tower of London is by right considered to be the historical center of Great Britain. If you dig deeper into the history of this mysterious (or even dark) place, you can discover many fascinating facts. Thousands of tourists head to this spot to touch the oldest building in England and get acquainted with the inexplicable facts from the past.

London’s 19th century Tower Bridge is viewed from within the Tower of London
Tower of London © stocksre / Shutterstock

Rich history

This tower used to be raising over the Thames back in the period of the Norman Conquest of England. Throughout its long history, it wore many masks. It used to be a royal residence, a treasure house, a mint that produced money for the whole country. However, the fortress had some less serious responsibilities as well. Once, it hosted an observatory and a zoo within its walls. Many people found out that plenty of the best prisoners of the Kingdom were waiting for their verdicts here and hoped for the best when the Tower was a prison. Indeed, no other attraction in London can “boast” of having such a rich past.

The walls of this fortress were exposed to numerous reconstructions. The building itself was rebuilt and reequipped repeatedly. These factors led to the fact that throughout the many centuries of its existence, the fortress had changed its initial look.

Tower of London with flag of England in London
Tower of London © Tomas Marek / Shutterstock

The Tower of London today

The fortress is famous for its guards known as Beefeaters. They appeared for the first time in 1485 but still continue to guard the fort’s walls zealously. Ravenmaster is another interesting position here. These are special people who take care of the ravens. From century to century, the birds are the legit residents of the fortress. The keepers are constantly cutting their wings a little for birds not to fly away. This tradition is related to a legend. According to it, the English monarchy shall fall if the ravens leave the tower. Therefore, the keepers have to stick to such radical measures.

Famous Tower Bridge is located nearby the Tower of London. It’s the logical continuation of the complex.

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Entrance tickets & Tours

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London Thames River Small-Group High-Speed Sightseeing Cruise
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Blast along the River Thames with your choice of 20- or 40-minute round-trip speedboat cruises from Tower Millennium Pier. Once suited up, sit back and take in the view as you head along the river past the Tower of London and under Tower Bridge. Then its throttle time! Feel the throttle of the RIB (rigid inflatable boat) engine as you roar along the River Thames toward Canary Wharf (and past Greenwich to the O2 arena on the  40 minute option). Thrill in the high speeds and intense wave crashing action at full power all the way back to the Tower Pier. Small-group trips are limited to a maximum of 12 people.
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South Bank (London Bridge) Walking Tour & Enter The Tower of London
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See over 15 London sights & enter the Tower of London in 1 day Kids : only pay for the attraction ticket. Walking tour is freeYou'll be guided on a 2 hour exploration of the London Bridge area. You will see 15 of London's best known sights on this walking tour. Including London Bridge, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Clink Prison, The Shard and The Globe Theatre. Also, be rewarded with a brilliant panoramic view of St Paul's Cathedral to the Square Mile. Our guides are full of interesting facts and funny stories about London that are sure to entertain.After which, Enter the Tower of London and marvel at the Crown Jewels and other fascinating historical artefacts dating back almost 1000 years.Your guide will direct you to the attraction but will not enter it with you. • See the Top 15 sights in London • Walk through the world famous London Bridge Area • Look up at the Shard • Walk on London Bridge • Learn about London's history • Enter the Tower of London
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Roman London Private Walking Tour
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You don't have to go to Rome to see Roman ruins, or even St Albans,  Bath or York.  Though people were all ready living here, it was the Romans who founded the modern city of Londinium that through the millennia has metamorphosed into today what is possibly the greatest city in the world.  This private walking tour will take you to ittle visited spots in the heart of the City of London where the remains of Roman builidings can still be found, hidden amongst all the skyscrapers of the 21st century.
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River Thames Fast RIB-Boat Experience in London
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Enjoy a different view with City Cruises! Revel in a fun filled, adrenaline fuelled experience, enjoy sightseeing, speed and awesome aquabatics. This 50 minute experience passes some of London's most iconic sights. Sit back and take in the view as the journey travels under London’s famous bridges including the most modern, Millennium Bridge, and the world renowned Tower Bridge on the way to the fast zone. Stay alert because the sights really do come thick and fast on this stretch of the river. Once past Tower Bridge the boat is heading for speed and the experienced skippers will show you what these boats can do.
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