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“Impressive, Informative, a must see location”
Review of Tower of London

Tower of London
Ranked #10 of 1,908 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: One of London's most famous landmarks, the historic Tower houses the Crown Jewels, the prison cell of Sir Walter Raleigh, known as the Bloody Tower, and the Chapel of St. John and the Royal Armories.
Reviewed 31 May 2018

For sure this is a must see location. The history (how bloody it may have been), the beauty, the impessive size and the very very funny yeomans (guides). Don't wanna tell too much but this place must be visited. I recommend to join the Yeoman wardens for details. the row of people may scare you off but it is worth it to stand in line to see the Crown jewels.... a jaw dropping experience! Point of advice.... go to The Tower of London as early as possible and order tickets online, it will be cheaper. Last, dont hurry, take your time and let everything sink in!

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Ootje70
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

If you’d like to see the Crown Jewels, don’t miss this exhibit. It was beautiful and very educational. We loved it!

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Cindy P
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

We went here on our first day in London after going to the London Eye in the morning. Arrived around 2:30pm and we wish we would’ve gotten there earlier since there is so much to see and do. We highly recommend the Yeoman Warders tour. Bob was our Yeoman, and he was incredibly informative but also very humorous. There is so much history inside the walls and it is great for people of all ages. You can also get a great view of the Tower Bridge from the top of one of the towers!

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Joey M
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

This is worth the visit. It’s much bigger than you think. And I would recommend going on the tour with the Yeoman warders. We took 2 1/2 hours and did not cover everything.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

We had a lovely afternoon out here, exploring the buildings and displays (especially the armour, human and horse!), checking out the royal bling, and visiting with the tower ravens. Due to the size of the site there was no need to pre-book, and while some parts got crowded on and off we only backed out of one place that was just too packed (the so-called "Bl**dy Tower", which earned it's name in a whole new way when people tried to tour the narrow, small roomed, multistepped display with huge prams! Just don't.). Overall on a weekday afternoon we felt the lines were manageable. Some tips...

Maps - Print off a site map before you visit, especially if you will not be doing a tour or not buying an audio guide. We could not find any free maps to the site once inside (except for the audio guide orientation map which some people left on benches), and we found some of the signage hard to follow, had trouble finding things, and wasted a bit of time as a result.

Crown Jewels - There was a changing of the guard type display near the Crown Jewels building - as we had already seen similar at Windsor, we took that opportunity to get into the queue while it was shorter. Once in, while you follow a predetermined route around the displays, do not be afraid to loop back around individual cabinets or sections to look again, and if you are feeling rushed and space allows, just step back and let people go by while you have your fill of gold and jewels.

Ravens - Keep an eye our for the ravens but don't get too close or you'll just spook them and irritate everyone who's trying to take photos of them. Make a point of visiting their enclosures and learning their names!

Shopping - Be aware that there are five themed gift shops, so if you plan on buying souvenirs, grab what you like as you find it in case you don't see it at the next one, and visit specific ones for specific items (I went to the Ravens Shop near their cages to find raven specific items).

Note that the Tower of London is listed in 1001 Historical sites you must see before you die, and we visited it using our annual Historic Royal Palaces pass for 2 (which we purchased to enter a range of Palaces (including Kensington, Hampton Court, the Banqueting Room - see separate reviews).

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank Lissel A
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