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Opening hours:

Tue-Sat 09:00-17:30; Sun-Mon 10:00-17:30

Address:

London EC3N 4AB

Transport:

Tower Hill underground station

E-Mail:

visitorservices.tol@hrp.org.uk

Phone:

+44 84 44827777

Rates and features:

£22

Attraction

Tower of London

The Tower of London served as the kingdom's most notorious prison for centuries from the Middle Ages onward. Established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, the fort housed a host of famous royal prisoners through the years, including Richard II, Anne Boleyn and James I of Scotland. The tower also served other important roles for the country. It was the location of the Royal Mint until the early 19th century, while the state archives were also housed in the tower from the 13th century until 1858.?As an impregnable fortress, the Tower of London was also the obvious choice for storage of the Crown Jewels. The jewels were transferred in 1303 from Westminster Abbey to the tower, where they now rank among its main attractions. The distinctive uniforms of the tower's guardians, the Yeoman Warders (commonly known as "Beefeaters"), are also closely connected to the building, as are their traditional companions - the ravens that inhabit the courtyards. The feathers of the ravens are trimmed regularly so that they cannot fly away, as a traditional saying foretells that the kingdom will fall if the birds leave the Tower of London.