The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. Get up close to the Crown Jewels, meet the legendary Yeoman Warders and ravens and see the Tower like never before.
The Tower of London was built as a secure fortress and a symbol of royal power. Behind the castle’s walls were storehouses for weapons and the Royal Mint produced the nation’s coins. It was also a royal palace with luxuriously furnished apartments and a menagerie of royal beasts. But the Tower was also used to contain people who posed a serious threat to national security.
Despite its fearsome reputation the story of imprisonment at the Tower is not just one of traitors and gruesome executions. It is also a tale of luxury, banquets and daring escapes. Many prisoners did not end their lives there but were released after paying a ransom or when they no longer posed a threat to security. Like the story of the Tower itself, its role as a prison is a varied one.
At the centre of this ancient fortress and World Heritage Site is its oldest and most recognisable building – the White Tower. The King’s Great Hall on the first floor is a truly special space for dinners and receptions, and a magnificent experience at night. Adjoining rooms hold vast displays of armour belonging to English kings including Henry VIII and Charles I.