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The Tower of London is one of London's top historic attractions and the site has been an integral part of British history for almost 1000 years.

Originally built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror as a fortress to protect London from invasion, the Tower has since served as a royal palace, a prison, and even a zoo. Its walls have witnessed countless historic events, including the execution of three Queens of England and the imprisonment of notorious figures such as Anne Boleyn and Guy Fawkes.

One of the most interesting parts of the Tower is Traitors' Gate, the infamous entrance to the fortress via the River Thames. This gate was used to bring prisoners into the Tower, including some of the most famous figures in British history.

Of course, no visit to the Tower of London would be complete without seeing the Crown Jewels. This dazzling collection of precious stones and gold has been worn by British monarchs for centuries and includes the famous Imperial State Crown, which is adorned with over 2,800 diamonds, pearls, and other precious gems.

So, what are the top three reasons to visit the Tower of London and Crown Jewels? Firstly, its rich history makes it a must-see for anyone interested in British culture and heritage.

Secondly, its architecture is stunning, with a mix of medieval and Tudor styles that will pretty much transport you back in time.

And finally, the Crown Jewels; they are simply breathtaking and offer a rare (and rather expensive) glimpse into the opulence of the British monarchy.

 

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Open hours today: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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    9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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    9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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    9:00 am - 5:30 pm

  • Sunday

    9:00 am - 5:30 pm

  • May 30, 2024 5:30 am local time

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