The Tower of London

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The Tower of London
The Tower of London,
EC3N 4AB London
GB

Venue information

Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London, England. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite. The castle was used as a prison since at least 1100, although that was not its primary purpose. A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence. As a whole, the Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. There were several phases of expansion, mainly under Kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries. The general layout established by the late 13th century remains despite later activity on the site.

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Address: The Tower of London
The Tower of London, EC3N 4AB London
Public transport
Getting to Tower Bridge
The easiest way by public transport is the London Underground to Tower Hill on the Circle and District Lines. This is opposite the Tower of London. You just walk down the eastern side of the Tower of London onto the bridge.
A more scenic option is to arrive by boat on the scheduled river services that stop in front of the Tower of London.

The very popular hop on, hop off London tour buses of course also stop at, and cross Tower Bridge. The hop on, hop off ticket also includes a river cruise. So why not arrive by boat and depart by the hop on, hop off bus on the same ticket.

If you are not so tight with time, you can follow the Thames path from the southern end of Tower Bridge right down to Westminster and Big Ben on a pedestrianised walkway by the River Thames.

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