The Tower of London, is home to the Crown Jewels (the coronation regalia used for state ceremonial occasions, including the 530 carat '1st Star of Africa'). The Tower is the site of imprisonment and executions - including three queens of England and houses a remarkable collection of medieval armour. Together with its many dark tales, The Tower is guarded over by a military detachment and the mysterious ravens, all under the watchful eyes of the Yeoman Warders (the famous Beefeaters).
Where you are staying / pre agreed location
An overview of the Tower: the fortress, the moat and background. A world heritage site.
Understand just what made the Tower impregnable. Visit the 'Raven Hotel' and see the carnivorous creatures in (and possibly with) the flesh...!
The Crown Jewels (officially known as the Coronation Regalia is a collection of artefacts used in the coronation process. The treasures on display includes the two crowns worn by the sovereign during the coronation ceremony, together with the magnificent ceremonial robes (woven with gold), and the huge and extraordinarily ornate wine cistern (or 'punch-bowl') used during the coronation banquet.
The heart of the fortress complex, the White Tower dates from the 11th century. It is the oldest part and the reason for the (slightly misleadingly!) singular name: The Tower. Today the White Tower houses an awesome collection of medieval armour and weaponry including three suits of armour that were made for that most famous of English kings, Henry VIII. Don't miss the executioners mask, axe and execution block. Plus there's an 'armoured' dragon!
Site of the 'politically sensitive' executions and the last resting place of axe victims of the House of Tudor. Hear the stories of the last moments of those condemned to death.
End of the Tour
Per your preference (Sean with discuss and arrange where and when
Guide fee; Guide can meet at your hotel / apartment and travel with you to the Tower of London
Entrance and transport fees; refreshments
Currently pre-booked entry required
A half-day tour - mornings are strongly recommended in order to 'beat the line' for the Crown Jewels.
Sean can meet you where you are staying or at the Tower of London if preferred
NB owing to the ongoing Corona virus pandemic the Tower of London requires timed ticket entry - pre-booking is essential. Sean can assist in making any booking arrangements.
The White Tower dating from the 11th Century has 4 different levels accessible only BY STAIRS.
The Tower complex contains the New Armouries Café where food plus hot and cold beverages are available. Restroom / WC facilities are on site
Sean will include refreshment and comfort stops as required.
The Tower dates back almost 1,000 years and there are steps to access the White Tower (the Tower at the heart of the fortress-complex, which gives the name to the whole site). Access to the Jewel House (home to the famous Crown Jewels), is step-free.