There are many iconic landmarks associated with London: Big Ben, the London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye. Their popularity extends throughout the globe, and tourists may have already seen plenty of images of the attractions, before they actually arrive in the city. But you cannot fully grasp the splendour and the historic significance of these places, unless you actually stand before them. The sights are a living tribute to the city’s past glories, and they each have long histories. However, none of them have as a rich or colourful history, as the Tower of London.
The Tower of London, also known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, can be founded along the northern banks of Thames River located in central London. Since its establishment, in late 1066, the castle has come to serve a variety of roles. Originally built as a royal residence, it also served as a fortress, a prison and at one time had a Royal Menagerie that held lions, elephants and even polar bears. Currently, it is one of the country’s most popular tourist attraction, and acts as the sole home for the Crown Jewels.
The tower is open to the public on all days of the week, although it may close for exceptional circumstances. You will need at least 2-3 hours to view all the attractions inside. One of the most popular aspects of the castle is the display of the Crown Jewels. The 23,578 gems on display include the famous Cullinan and Koh-i-noor diamond. You also cannot miss the White Tower, which is one of the most famous keeps in the world. To make the best of your visit, you can join the Yeoman Warder, for an entertaining guided tour of the castle.
At the end, there will still be plenty of time for you to explore other parts of London before heading back to your hotel. UK hotels are known for their excellent services. The Millennium & Copthorne Hotels UK, not only offer terrific facilities, but they also occupy great real estate, translating to less travel time. Also by taking advantage of the UK hotel special offers, you can make your vacation longer.