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Tower of London, London
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Tower Hill
London EC3N 4AB
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Child with Beefeater, Tower of London

 

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

The Tower of London is more than an historic castle. This massive stone fortress, begun by William the Conquer in the 1070s, is one of London's most captivating monuments. The Tower of London served as a fortress-stronghold for roughly 800 years. It was a seat of power in times of peace and place of refuge in troubled times. It functioned as a prison as well as a safe place for storing official papers and royal treasures. It was a place of celebration and one of execution. The grim, gray tower is reputedly haunted.
Getting There
 
The Tower of London is located in the east London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is situated on the north bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge. The historic castle is reachable by bus, tube, train and riverboat. The nearest underground station is Tower Hill; Tower Pier is a stone's throw from the entrance. Tower Gateway Station, served by the Docklands Light Railway, and Fenchurch Street train station are a 5-minute walk from the Tower of London. London Bridge station is 15-minutes by foot. Buses 15, 42, 78, 100 and RV1 stop near the tower as do the ever-popular hop-on and hop-off tour buses. The Tower of London is located in the Congestion Charging zone. There is no parking onsite. The nearest car park is situated on Lower Thames Street.
Hours & Times
 
The Tower of London is open 9:00 - 17:30 Tuesday through Saturday and 10:00 - 17:30 Sunday through Monday from and 9:00 - 16:30 Tuesday through Saturday from March 1 to October 31 and 10:00 - 14:30 Sunday through Monday from November 1 to February 28. The castle is closed December 24, December 25, December 26 and January 1. Last admission is 30 minutes before close. The last Yeoman Warder tour is at 15:30 in summer and 14:30 in winter.
Admission & Fees
 
An entrance fee is charged. A reduced rate is available for children. A family rate is available for up to 2 adults and 6 children and offers value for families of 2 adults and 2 or more children or 1 adult and 4 or more kids.
 
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