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The Tower of London


The Tower of London


Founded in 1066 by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has served as a fortress, palace and prison. Visitors flock here to see the Crown Jewels and hear tales of its dark and intriguing history.

The Tower has been a tourist attraction since the reign of Charles II (1660-85), when both the Crown Jewels and the line  of Kings collection of armour were first shown to the public. The area within the mighty walls houses the remaining parts of the Medieval Palace  built by Henry III, as well as several towers that held prisoners, including Anna Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Catherine Howard.

For much of its 900-years history, the Tower was somewhere to be feared. Those who had committed treason or threatened the throne were held within its dank walls-many did not get out alive, and some were  tortured before meeting violent deaths on nearby Tower Hill.

High-ranking prisoners could live in some comfort with servants, but the rest suffered hardship, torture and ultimately, death.

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At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Sightseeing
  • Address

    London, Tower Hill EC3.
  • Underground

    Tower Hill, DLR Tower Gateway

"The Tower has served as a fortress, palace and prison."

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