The Tower of London is one of the city’s most visited destinations- and that’s really saying something when you consider the other attractions on offer here.
Originally built by William the Conqueror after the successful Norman invasion of Britain, this 1,000 year old castle is an incredibly historic building with a fascinating story, some wonderful mysteries, resident ravens and famous ghosts- it truly is one of London’s must-visit attractions.
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you simply can’t miss out on the Tower of London.
The Crown Jewels
One of the most popular attractions at the Tower of London is the Jewel House, which houses the Crown Jewels.
Visitors can see the glittering collection of regalia and ceremonial objects that have been used by British monarchs for centuries. Highlights of the collection include the Imperial State Crown, which contains more than 2,800 diamonds, and the Sovereign’s Sceptre, which is topped with the largest cut diamond in the world; the Cullinan I.
The Yeoman Warders
Visitors to the Tower of London can also meet the Yeoman Warders, colloquially known as the Beefeaters.
These guards have been a fixture at the Tower since the 16th century and are famous for their distinctive uniforms and the guided tours they give around the site. They are also responsible for looking after the Tower’s ravens, which are said to protect the kingdom.
The White Tower
The White Tower is the oldest part of the Tower of London, and it is one of the most impressive buildings on the site.
It was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century and was used as a royal residence and a fortress. Today, visitors can explore the tower’s many levels and see exhibits of medieval arms and armor, including the weapons used by Henry VIII.
Tower Green is the site of many important events in British history, including the executions of Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey. Visitors can stand on the very spot where these historic events took place and learn about the people who lost their lives there.
Tower Green is also home to the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula, where the remains of many famous prisoners are buried.
Tower Bridge is one of London’s most iconic landmarks, and is conveniently located right next to the Tower of London.
Visitors can walk across the bridge and enjoy stunning views of the River Thames and the city skyline. They can also visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition, which gives an insight into the bridge’s history and the mechanics of how it works.
These two icon structures are super easy to reach from your Hyde Park accommodation– so what are you waiting for?
London’s Finest Attraction
The Tower of London is a true icon, and has dominated the city’s skyline for nearly 1,000 years.
Explore this wondrous structure and enjoy the city’s history as it comes to life before your eyes; then it’s time to head back to the Park Hotel Restaurant housed in your homely accommodation for a spot of dinner- sounds like a great day to me.