Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo # 28: The Tower of London, England, UK


The Fusilier Museum, Tower of London, England, UK. March 2014.

Overview of The Tower of London


Tower of London is one of the historic sites that have stood the test of time. It was built by William the conqueror in 1078. The tower as served as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress. The castle was also used as a prison in the 16th and 17th centuries. The tower was used to torture people but there has never been a dedicated torture chamber in the tower, contrary to the widespread fiction of a torture chamber inside the tower. Tower of London is protected World Heritage Site for it is by no doubt one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.


Top Attractions

Crown Jewels
The tower has a wide collection of crown jewels in it. There are over 20,000 gems found in the collection.

Yeoman Warders
Yeoman Warder guided tour is one thing that attracts more tourists to this place. The warders are distinguished members of the armed forces. All have an honorable record of not less than 22 years.

The Ravens
There are seven ravens (6 ravens, the seventh in the reserve) in the Tower of London.  They make the place look beautiful and according to stories, Charles II insisted that the ravens have to be protected at all cost. There is a popular word in the streets of London that says ‘if the ravens leave the tower, the kingdom will fall’.

The Fusilier Museum
This is an old army officer’s quarter that has been turned to a museum that preserves the history of the British infantry.
The museum was originally built as Army Officers' quarters.  The Royal Regiment Fusiliers was formed in late 1600's.  For over 200 years, the Royal Fusiliers was based at the Tower.

Medieval Palace
Medieval Palace is the world of Henry III and his son Edward, the Medieval Kings.  For hundred of years, kings and queens stayed in these rooms.  There is also a palace in there that portrays how life in the middle age can be luxurious.


How to get to The Tower of London

There are sightseeing bus tours that can get you here. Alternatively, you can use the bus route numbers: 15, 42, 78, 100 and RV1.  It is the walking distance from the Tower Bridge.

“I don’t regret the things I’ve done; I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.” - Unknown

18 comments:

  1. Well laid out exhibits and the battle of Britain hall was especially worth seeing. Found clambering around the Sunderland very interesting. Gift shop is a bit pricey

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  2. I am going to London in April. Will check out Tower of London. Thanks #Travelingkate!

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  3. this is very helpful to find the different places for traveling purpose great job

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  4. This is one of the best places I have been in.

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    1. I have to agree with you. London is wonderful

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  5. The tower of London looks so cool. I absolutely love how so many buildings in London and close by, have buildings like this, ones that look like castles. It's a place I'd love to see one of these days, looks really rad.

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    1. Tower of London should be on everyone's bucket list.

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  6. Oh yes ! I have got the traveling place
    i will travel very soon
    thanks kate
    i love your blogs

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    1. (: Thank you for letting me know!

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  7. The Tower of London looks so beautiful! Wish I could go there one of these days. I've almost went to London once many years ago and from what I saw it was quite a beautiful place, but never saw this. One day I will though.

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    1. I love London. I love the Tower of London!

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  8. Jamilla2/10/2015

    There are so many bad connotations about The Tower of London, especially with the long history of torture and imprisonment. And, this is probably one reason I would not visit the Tower of London. Just for me, it seems a very sad place as so many people's lives were ended there. Please say there are some happy places in this site.

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    1. Oh it's just the history. None of the visitors looked unhappy so don't worry about it. Crown Jewels is not a sad place.

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