The Tower of London

Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB

The Tower of London, exterior picture

Address:Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB
Map:See The Tower of London on a map
Telephone:020 7709 0765
Nearest Station:Tower Hill

About: The Tower of London was built upon command of William the Conqueror in 1078. It was never completed in his lifetime and work continued under the watch of William II. The first sections of the tower to be completed were the White Tower and the Norman Church- which remains the oldest church in London today. Between the 11th and the 15th Century the Garrison was rebuilt and enlarged. The inner wall was constructed by order of King Henry VII and Edward I built Traitors Gate and the St. Thomas Tower. Located on the North bank of the River Thames- the Tower of London strikes a formidable presence over modern London. Now the home of the Crown Jewels, the Tower of London has had a varied and macabre past. Over the last ten centuries the tower has been a palace, a prison an arsenal and even a zoo. Free tours are run by the Yeoman Warders and among the exhibitions is an insight into the creation of Royal crowns, located in the Martin tower. The considerable dry moat that surrounds the tower is more than a kilometre in circumference and was created as a defence mechanism. Tower Bridge Underground station gives excellent access to the site from the city centre.

Top Tips...

On my first trip to London with a group of high school students, we did the Tower of London. I was fascinated.

John Hamm

Try This...

Discover the Crown Jewels

Get an eyeful of The Crown Jewels...
Test your mettle on spooky Tower Twilight Tour


The Tower of London features in these AIL lists...

London's oldest attractions
Throughout its infamous history the Tower of London has been a fortress, prison, castle, zoo and in more recent times a tourist attraction and live music venue. Construction began towards the end of the 11th century, and the White Tower is what remains of this period, making it nearly 2000 years old. This was where Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII was beheaded, and where the Kray twins were detained after their arrest in 1952.

What's On

Starts on
Tower of London Ice Rink
Tower of London, London
Time: 16th Nov – 18th Dec: Mon - Fri: 11:00 – 21:00, Sat - Sun: 10:00 – 21:00, 19th Dec – 5th Jan: Mon - Sun: 10:00 – 21:00
Admission: Adults: from £15.00; Children: from £10.50

User Comments

AIL on Social Media

Facebook logo Twitter logo Instagram logo

What's New?