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Standing proudly beside the Thames, the Tower
of London has witnessed over 1,000 years of history. Kings and Queens have ruled here, spies have
been executed here and attempts made to steal the Crown Jewels. It has even
been a home for wild animals and a Royal Mint producing coins of the Realm.
If you are staying at Park City Grand Plaza Kensington hotel
then visiting the Tower is definitely a fantastic walk through
history. Discover the stories of the
people who have lived here over the centuries, many of whom died here executed
on the orders of the King. Queen Anne
Boleyn was one such prisoner, as was Queen Katherine Howard. Explorer Sir Walter Raleigh spent many years
imprisoned within its walls and two royal Princes disappeared, never to be seen
again. Did their uncle murder them? Look
at the evidence and make your own decision.
Take a look at the weapons stored in The
Armouries and discover how they were made and used. Can you wield a sword like the armoured
knights of old? How about building a
cannon? Do you have the strength to fire
an arrow from a war-bow? It is harder
than it looks.
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What was the Tower’s role in the countless
rebellions and dramatic events that have taken place? Why was it regarded as
one of the safest places in the kingdom?
And how did it become the home of the Crown Jewels? Discover the weight of the Imperial State
Crown and why St Edward’s Crown is only worn at the Coronation. Displays and
exhibitions highlight the Tower’s fascinating story,
Grab an early breakfast at any of the restaurants in
Kensington London and join one of the free guided tours by the Yeoman
Warders to hear more about the history and role of the Tower, as well as
the Warders themselves. Wearing uniforms
that date back to the sixteenth century, they have a very special role to play
not just within the Tower of London, but also on many Royal ceremonial
Walk around the ramparts of this historic castle and discover just how large it really is. Even the turrets hide unexpected secrets worth discovering. There are also great photo opportunities from the ramparts looking out over the castle, the river Thames and Tower Bridge.
Not surprisingly, The Tower of London is
one of the most popular of all attractions so reduce the inevitable queuing by
pre-booking your tickets.