Tower of London-The Best Guide to What you need to know

Tower of London-The Best Guide to What you need to know

A fortress, royal palace and an infamous prison

View of Tower Bridge from the grounds of Tower of London © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

The Tower of London

Tower of London is one of the most visited castles and tourist attraction in Britain with 2.86 million visitors in 2018. With such popularity and often referred as a “fortress, royal palace and an infamous prison”, I had wondered of its continued significance and how much of the past history or traditions the Tower continues to exhibit. My thoughts were spurred on as I retrace my footsteps on the royal palaces as part of my 3rd instalment in London Series, MyCityMyTown, retracing my footsteps – Royal Palaces and Royal Parks which this article represents.

What is known about the Tower of London

  • Save
Entrance to the Tower of London | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel

I had always known that the Tower was historically important, built by the Normans after the 1066 invasion and it was once occupied by reigning monarchs. In 1988 it was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Given it’s historical importance and it’s popularity, the Tower offers various activities throughout the day to entertain visitors, both young and old. As a visitor on previous occasions, I had gone along with the flow, joining in the activities and observing without really giving it much thought. I don’t think I had even seen ALL of the towers and castle grounds! So, my re-visit on this occasion was an opportunity to see, explore, discover and learn more of this magnificent castle. I share my experiences in this article in the hope that you would find this to be the Best Guide to What You Need to Know about the Tower of London.

What I discovered about the Tower

In a nutshell, my visit was a whole new world of discovery! It was all too much to ignore and for me to try to condense it into one post will not do justice to English history and to this monument or to you, as reader of this article and/or as a visitor to the Tower of London. Therefore, I address the Tower’s historical significance in this article which is the Best Guide to What you need to know about the Tower of London together with links dotted throughout the article where you can navigate for a more informative post on that particular section.

This may seem like taking a step into history but I think it is a much needed one to help you fully immerse yourself in the context of the Tower’s 1,000 years of history.

I shall address “The traditions at the Tower of London” which will be published in a future article.

My visit to the Tower of London was yet another perfect opportunity for me to use the HRP annual membership and not pay an entry fee.

Best Guide to What you need to know about the Tower of London

The Tower of London has been many things during its life. Today, a visit to the Tower of London along River Thames allows a visitor to discover its many layers of history. I shall limit my contribution to the areas famously attributed to the castle as a “fortress, royal palace and an infamous prison”.

Tower of London as a “fortress, royal palace and an infamous prison”

My starting point was to look at the Tower’s significance today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and trace it’s history to understand what factors contributed to its recognition as an iconic monument.

1 | The Tower of London is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Tower of London is of Outstanding Universal Value and gained its recognition as a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Through my research, I discovered that this 11th century fortress is the most complete castle still remaining in Europe. The Tower reflects the last military conquest of England, thus symbolic of royal power since 1066. It’s imposing architecture, it’s strategic sitting on River Thames and it’s many layers of history stood for protection and control of the City of London as well as the gateway to the new Norman kingdom. The Tower resembles fostering of closer ties with Europe, language and culture.

As a symbol of royal power, the Tower of London has an interesting history that goes way back to medieval England.

2 | The Tower of London is a historical landmark

The primary significance of the Tower of London as a UNESCO Site is that it is a historical landmark with an interesting history that goes way back to the Norman conquest in 1066. 1066 is a popular date/year in Britain’s history and a date/year that is hard to forget. It marks the end of Anglo-Saxon rule and the last successful invasion by force of England, hence the “beginning” of England as we know today.

This historic castle was constructed in the wake of the Norman conquest by William the Conqueror. Since then, the Tower has dominated the pages of English history and London’s skyline. Let’s take a look at how it came about.

Timeless Travel Steps says: Join one of the Beefeater Tours which is FREE. They run for 45 minutes and is filled with facts, gory details and humour. More details in Useful information below.

2.1 The Norman Conquest and the Story of the Tower of London

According to history, castles were at the heart of William of Normandy’s strategy to conquer England. As he captured towns, villages and strategic points, he built castles to secure his acquisitions and as means to provide defensive structures to guard against the Saxons. His conquest can be traced by the castles he built in Pevensey (his first capture), then Dover and Hastings. William won the Battle of Hastings by defeating King Harold, which ended the Anglo Saxon rule of England.

As a victor of the Battle of Hastings meant that William had invaded a country with a population of 2 to 3 million people with only 10,000 men. William had to move very swiftly to take control of England. To gain full control of England, William realised that he first must have control of the City of London, which was a major power centre that held the purse strings of the country.

To learn more of its history while you walk, get an audio guide.

The “Negotiation”

To gain control of the City of London, William negotiated a deal with the leaders of the City – if he was accepted as King of England, he would give the City certain rights that would allow them to function independently as a state within a state. The City leaders accepted the deal. William of Normandy was crowned King William 1st of England in Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day 1066. Having been crowned the King, William wanted to make a statement to the people of England that he is here to stay.

3 | The Tower of London is a fortress

To make that statement, King William ordered the construction of a fortress on a huge mound at the eastern side of the City of London, both to protect London and to show Norman military strength. This fortress would become the Tower of London. William built three fortresses, Baynard’s Castle, Montfichet Castle and the White Tower. Baynard and Montfichet are long gone.

3.1 | The White Tower – The beginning of a fortress

The White Tower, Tower of London .
  • Save
The White Tower | Tower of London | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel

The White Tower is the same White Tower that you see today in the centre of the Tower grounds, with grey turrets and flag pole. Construction of the White Tower began in 1078 and was completed in 1097, eight years after Williams death in Rouen. The White Tower is so named because in those Middle Ages days, it would have been whitewashed to give it a clean, shining and gleaming appearance.

White Tower, Tower of London
  • Save
The White Tower-the first tower built by the Normans sits in the middle of the Tower of London grounds | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel

Visiting the White Tower is an opportunity to witness the sophisticated architecture of the 11th century. It represents the Normans cutting edge military building technology of its time. If you are into details, you will note the depth of the walls, giving this incredible monument the uniqueness as a secure fortress to protect the residents of the castle and deter any invasion.

Admission to the White Tower is included in your entry ticket to the Tower of London. Purchase your ticket here.

3.2 | The Story of the fortress – Tower of London as a fortress

Over the following centuries, a vast complex of twenty separate towers were added, primarily by Henry III in the 1200’s. This phase of extension to the Tower is said to be up to the middle wall, identified by the white drain pipes. The third and final phase of extension is said to be by King Edward in the 1300’s which is the outer wall. This extension can be identified by the black drain pipes. Edward added the moat which became heavily polluted and was drained in the 19th century. These additions included a perimeter wall connecting each tower encircling the castle.

About 20 towers were built over the centuries, to surround the White Tower.
  • Save
About 21 towers were built over the centuries, to surround the White Tower | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel
The entrance to the Constable Tower at the Tower of London
  • Save
The entrance to the Constable Tower at the Tower of London. Initially built in 1240, later rebuilt in the 19th century | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel

These later additions also displays an intricate architecture. You can notice these on areas surrounding the doorways and the narrow stairs. As you visit each tower, it does give you a feel of Tudor times.

The map below shows the layout of the Tower of London, 21 towers and main structures.

By Thomas Römer, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18776689
  • Save
By Thomas Römer, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18776689

As a fortress, the Tower became the most secure castle of the land.

Tower of London as it stands today.
  • Save
Tower of London as it stands today | Image: georgina_daniel

4 | The Tower of London as a Royal Palace

The next significance of the Tower of London is that it has always been and still is a Royal Palace. It was and still is the most secure castle in the land. It had protected the royal family in times of war and during rebellions. The White Tower was built not only as a symbol of Norman strength, a fortress but also as a grand palace and served as a royal residence in its early history.

4.1 | Norman Fireplaces

It had four fireplaces to provide sufficient warmth to the residents – like the one in the picture below.

  • Save
One of the four Norman fireplaces which you can see today in the White Tower | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel
  • Save

The White Tower has four floors – the ground, the first, the second and the third. The first, second and the third floors were designed the same with a large room to the west, and a smaller room in the northeast.

4.2 | A place of Christian worship

As a place of royal residence, King William wanted a place of a Christian worship to be built in the White Tower. Religion was an important part of his royal image, so, a private chapel, St John’s Chapel, was built on the second floor. The Chapel was used for private worship by the royal family for about 900 years and the tower community as well.

The Chapel of St John, White Tower, Tower of London
  • Save
The Chapel of St John, White Tower, Tower of London | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel

The beautiful Romanesque Chapel of St John is the finest of Norman church architecture that exist today. The Chapel is vaulted with a plain arch, four massive columns on either side and four in the apse. Arches are supported by thick, round piers. Its decorations are simple carvings of scallop and leaf designs.

Although the Chapel was built for William the Conqueror, it was not completed before his death. His son, William II was the first royal to use it. In 1240, King Henry III added stained glass windows depicting the Virgin Mary and the Holy Trinity. The chapel was also provided with a gold-painted cross in Henry’s reign. The Chapels current unadorned appearance is reminiscent of how it may have looked in the Norman era.

4.3 | The Tower was the starting point of a Royal procession

The Tower of London was significant as a Royal Palace as early as the 14th century right through to King Charles II (1630-1685) where a royal procession on the coronation of the king was held from the Tower to Westminster Abbey. In addition to being a Royal Palace, it became a menagerie, a treasury, an armoury, and more famously, a prison.

4.4 | A menagerie

A menagerie at the Tower of London
  • Save

The very first zoo is said to be housed at the Tower of London. For over 600 years, the Tower was home to wild and exotic animals given as royal gifts. The Tower menagerie included lions, polar bear, elephants and tigers.

Learn more about the menagerie here.

4.5 | Royal Mint

The Tower of London was both a treasury and home for the Royal Mint. The Mint made the coins of the realm for over 500 years. The coins were minted from the reign of Edward I (1272-1307) who installed it in a dedicated area within the Tower walls in c1279 until 1810.  The area became famously known as Mint Street.

As one can imagine, back in the day, working at the Mint was a deadly business. It involved using toxic chemicals and working with fiery furnaces to melt the metal. Coins were all made by hand. Health and safety of the workers was not a priority. Loss of fingers and eyes were common. The coins carried the face of the monarch and if anyone were to tamper, forge or shave off the silver from the edges of the coin were punished for treason.

Join one of the Beefeater Tours which is FREE. They run for 45 minutes and is filled with facts, gory details and humour. More details in Useful information below.

5 | The White Tower at the Tower of London is An Armoury

Over the years, the Royal Palace became to be used as a storage facility. The Royal Armoury began life occupying buildings within the Tower, storing arms and artillery even as early as the existence of the White Tower itself. However, the first recorded items to the Tower Armouries was in 1498. Today, you can visit, admire and explore the magnificent collection of royal arms and historical artefacts of armouries in the White Tower. A long flight of spiral staircase from the third floor to the basement takes you to the Storehouse.

The spiral staircase has a lot of steps and rather narrow at some curves. Not wheelchair accessible.

Below are just a few photos to give you an idea of what it looks like.

  • Save
  • Save
  • Save
  • Save

All images © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel

Learn more on the history of the Royal Armouries here

Admission to the Royal Armouries in the White Tower is included in your entry ticket to the Tower of London. You can purchase your ticket here.

6 | The Tower of London is home to the Crown Jewels

As the most secure castle in the land, the fortress as well as a royal palace, The Tower of London was the one place best suited to protect the Crown Jewels. The Tower of London is home to The Jewel House which now guards the Crown Jewels.

  • Save
St Edward’s Crown – the most important and sacred crown | Image: St Edward’s Crown, 1661.  The magnificent solid gold frame makes it a very heavy and tiring crown to wear, even briefly, as it weighs 2.23kg (nearly 5lbs). © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2001/Prudence Cuming Associates

To learn more about the Crown Jewels and the exhibition, navigate here to Jewel House at the Tower of London.


Timeless Travel Steps: The entry ticket to the Tower of London includes entry to the Jewel House. It is reasonably priced at £25.00 for Adults and £12.50 for Child, valid for one day. Alternatively, if you have an annual HRP membership, your entry is free.

Timeless Travel Steps suggests: Plan your visit to the Jewel House, either first thing in the morning, or towards the end of the day. Anything in between, you may encounter a queue. The Exhibition is on the ground level, no stairs whatsoever! Possibly wheelchair accessible. For accessibility information, navigate to Tower of London

Timeless Travel Steps says: Plan your visit and make the most of your day. Read more on 5 Reasons Why Travel Planning is Important and Pretravel Planning-25 Top Tips for a Stress-free Vacation


Visiting the Jewel House is definitely a highlight and I would highly recommend that you do too. There is more a reason to do so if you were visiting the Tower of London as once in a lifetime occasion/bucket list experience. You would not want to miss walking in the footsteps of history at the Jewel House. Do not let the queue put you off from visiting the Jewel House – just plan your visit and make the most of your day.

Timeless Travel Steps says: Skip the line and buy your entry tickets here for a day. If you want flexibility with time and attractions, over several days, then buy a great value package here.


So far, I have listed the significance of the Tower of London as a fortress and as a palace. Now, lets discover why it is more famously known for stories of those who have gone beyond the walls and never came out – a Prison and a place of torture.

7 | Tower of London as a Prison and a place of Torture – Discover the stories behind the walls of the Tower of London

Besides being a mighty fortress, and a palace, the Tower of London was an infamous prison, a place of torture and executions. The Tower of London was a symbol of fear. Many men and women, including royals and the famous, rich and poor who entered the walls were never returned to the outside world. Some stayed for only a few days, others for many years, uncertain of their faith. Ghosts of many are said to haunt the castle corridors.

Murder and mystery surrounds the Bloody Tower, one of the twenty-one towers that makes up the Tower of London Castle. The Queen’s House and the Beauchamp Tower were used for royals and high-ranking prisoners

The Bloody Tower, Tower of London
  • Save
The Bloody Tower, Tower of London | Image: georgina_daniel
The Beauchamp Tower, Tower of London is next to the right of the Queen's House. The Dudley's were imprisoned here
  • Save
The Beauchamp Tower, Tower of London is next to the right of the Queen’s House. The Dudley’s were imprisoned here | Image: georgina_daniel
The Queen's House, Tower of London - Where Lady Jane Grey, Queen Anne Boleyn and Guy Fawkes were help captive.
  • Save
The Queen’s House, Tower of London

With over 1000 years of history, there are many stories to be told. You will find some of them written in the following articles:

Read more about the Bloody Tower and its prisoners by navigating to Bloody Tower at the Tower of London. As well, learn more about the Forgotten storie royal prisoners at Queen’s House

Timeless Travel Steps says: The torture basement next to Wakefield Tower is signposted but can be easily missed. The entrance is narrow, dark and a few steps down, you will come to face the torture devices. For some it can give the chills. Stands displayed is the RACK torture device and information on SCAVENGER’S DAUGHTER which is another form of torture. Both are extreme. **Personally, I will not recommend for children to visit this basement.


Other points of Interest at the Tower of London which should not be missed

8 | Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at Tower of London

The Parish church of St Peter ad Vincula in the Inner Ward of the Tower of London is a quaint and unique place of worship with an extraordinary history.

Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London
  • Save
Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel

This Tudor chapel dates from 1520 but it is said that there had been a place of worship at this spot for over a thousand years, predating the White Tower itself. During the Victorian renovations in the 18th century the resting places of Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Grey were discovered in the chancel, near the altar. This led to the chapel gaining its reputation as the “saddest spot on earth”. This discovery led to the permanent memorial for Anne Boleyn and others to be dedicated at Tower Green. The Chapel you see today is the result of extensive renovations carried out in 1970-71 and in 2014.

Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London
  • Save
Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London

Georgina: There is a certain warmth here despite its sad history. It is airy and seems to have the right amount of light coming through. I noticed not many visitors to the Tower came here possibly because it is tucked away from the other main/touristy parts of the grounds. I would highly recommend that you don’t miss it when you visit.


Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula is open to the public for worships and visits. You can book it for private functions such as baptisms and weddings. Sunday Services at the Chapel: 09:15 a.m. – Holy Communion | 11:00 a.m. – Mattins & Sermon.


9 | The Fusilier Museum at the Tower of London

The building that is the Fusilier Museum at the Tower of London is also home to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers’ Regimental Headquarters and the Officer’s Mess, where formal dinners take place.

The Fusilier Museum, Tower of London
  • Save
The Fusilier Museum, Tower of London | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel
The Fusilier Museum, Tower of London
  • Save
The Fusilier Museum, Tower of London | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was formed on 20th June 1685, when King James II issued a Royal Warrant to raise an infantry force from the existing Tower of London Garrison. The first Commanding Officer was the Constable of the Tower. The Fusiliers’ intended role was to guard the guns at the Tower of London. The force later fought in Belgium and Spain, and in the American War of Independence.

Notable exhibits here are the:

  • 12 Victoria Cross Medals won by the Regiment;
  • The uniform and bearskin of King George V (a former Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment);
  • An Eagle Standard of the 82nd Regiment of the French Line captured by the Royal Fusiliers during the Napoleonic Wars.

Today, garrison duties are undertaken by the Yeoman Warders and a rota made of three London District regiments.


Entry to the Fusilier Museum is included in the entry ticket to the Tower of London. It is reasonably priced at £25.00 and is valid for one day – take a look here. However, you may wish to purchase combined tickets that allows a visit to several attractions over a few days. Personally, I find these combined tickets to be extremely good value for money and offers flexibility that I need over several days. Take a look at one such example for London, here.


10 | St Thomas’ Tower

St Thomas' Tower, Tower of London
  • Save
St Thomas’ Tower | Tower of London | Image: georgina_daniel

St Thomas’ Tower is one of the three towers that forms the Medieval Palace. The other two are Wakefield Tower and the Lanthorn Tower.  Built by Edward I between 1275-1279, it was formerly a royal residence. Richly decorated, comfortable and grand.

11 | Traitor’s Gate

The Traitor's Gate, Tower of London
  • Save
Traitors’ Gate | Tower of London | Image: georgina_daniel

Traitors’ Gate was originally called Water Gate. It was built in the late 1270s and was used by Edward I and other royals to get into St. Thomas’s Tower by water. The Tower began to be used as a prison, more so for prisoners accused of treason, who were brought to the Tower by water. The name “Traitor’s Gate” was first used in 1544.

12 | Fun for Family and kids

Explore and discover the 1,000 year old history of the Tower of London on a family fun day out together with your kids – There are activity trails and digital mission which you can complete with your kids. Activity Trails are filled with fun quizzes, activities, facts and illustrations – available throughout the year.

Digital missions are interactive adventures played on a mobile device. Kids can meet characters from history, solve problems by tackling a series of challenges which helps with exploring the Tower.

Find out more about the digital mission here.


13 | Walk along the perimeter of the Tower of London for views of London’s Skyline

Finally, don’t forget to walk along the perimeter of the Tower for some amazing views of London’s skyline, even if the sign says, “No Entry”.

No Entry sign to the perimeter of the Tower of London
  • Save
“No Entry” | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel
London's skyline
  • Save
London’s skyline | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel
London's skyline and the Walkie Talkie in the distance
  • Save
London’s skyline – the Walkie-talkie in the distance | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel
View of Tower Bridge from Tower of London
  • Save
A walk along the perimeter of the Tower of London gives some breathtaking views not seen elsewhere. Try and make time for it. | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel

Thoughts so far…

The Tower of London has attracted much attention due to a mixture of its legends/myths of ghosts and the fearsome reputation it holds for inflicting torture on its prisoners. The prisoners who enter the walls of the Tower never really return to the outside world. However, according to history, torture was used only for relatively a short period of time during the Tudor era in the midst of political turmoil.

Although the Tower of London is no longer used as a prison, it is still a place that attracts much attention from tourists or local visitors because of its dark history and legends. It is now a secure “storage” unit for documents, armaments and jewels. However, this is only part of the story that makes Tower of London a #1 destination to visit. The more entertaining part lies in the 700 year old traditions of the castle itself which are fascinating and incredible. As mentioned earlier in the article, I will share these traditions in a future article.

As a tourist/visitor to the Tower of London, you simply have to witness it at least once.


There is so much more to see and experience at the Tower of London where you would want to feel the money’s worth. For many visitors, the Tower of London is a must see attraction and you may not wish to spend a lot of time waiting in line to purchase tickets. To maximise your time as a visitor to the Tower of London, you could purchase your ticket/s online and avoid this wait. Prior to my Annual Membership with the Historic Royal Palaces, I often purchased these day tickets or combined tickets that allows a visit to several attractions over a few days. I do still look for combined tickets to attractions not covered by the membership. I find these combined tickets to be extremely good value for money and offers flexibility that I need over several days. Take a look at one such example for London, here.


The queue at the ticket office to the Tower of London.
  • Save
The queue at the ticket office to the Tower of London. You don’t have to do this! Get your tickets online | © mytimelessfootsteps | Image by Georgina_Daniel

My final say…

No journey to England is ever complete, in my opinion, without a visit to at least one ancient castle. I highly recommend the Tower of London. As you can see, the Tower of London has been many things in its life – a rich, complex and diverse institution popularly known as a “fortress, a palace and a prison.” It’s role as a prison, the centre for torture and execution as do the ghost stories had and continues to intrigue and attract visitors from all over the globe. Some of the Tower’s traditions such as the Ceremony of the Keys, the need to maintain six ravens and the Yeoman Warders are still very much present today – more on this in Part 2.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post on the historical significance of the Tower of London and agree that it is The Best Guide to What you Need to Know on this ancient castle. If you do, please leave a comment below, I would love to know what your views are. If it was not helpful, you can say that, too. Either way, I would love to hear from you.

Useful information for when you visit the Tower of London

Getting here:

Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB

Nearest Station:

Tower Hill Underground Station

Opening hours:

Tuesday-Saturday: 09:00-17:30
Sunday-Monday: 10:00-17:30

Yeoman Warders Tours: FREE | 45 Minutes

Tickets & Prices:

Buying online is cheaper and convenient. Entry to Tower of London includes entry to the Crown Jewels Exhibition, the White Tower and the Beauchamp Tower.

£25.00


Due to lockdown measures in the City of London as a result of Covid-19, some attractions may be closed or operate on restricted hours. In most situations you may need to pre-book a time slot for your visit. Check the following website for visits to the Tower of London: https://hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/

Updated February 2021

map with pin on london | ultimate guide to Tower of London
  • Save
Tower of London | 51.5081° N, 0.0759° W
  • Save

Sponsored Advertisements

  • Save
  • Save
  • Save
  • Save


If you have enjoyed reading this, you may also be interested in reading further articles on the Tower of London:

Bloody Tower at the Tower of London | Books on the famous prisoners of Bloody Tower

Have a splendid time discovering London 🙂

Georgina xx


Sponsored Advertisement

  • Save

Resources used for this blog: https://whc.unesco.org/ https://hrp.org.uk/ http://hauntedrooms.co.uk/

Pin me on Pinterest to read later!

Tower of London
  • Save
Tower of London
  • Save
Tower of London
  • Save
Tower of London
  • Save

I look forward to connecting with each of you


A detailed travel guide offering a comprehensive list of the best of what you need to know about the iconic Tower of London, London, England. via @GGeorgina_timelesstravelsteps/
  • Save

By Georgina

Georgina is a Travel Blogger, Travel Writer, history buff, wine (red) enthusiast and a lover of all cultures. She gave up the corporate race to embrace a more meaningful lifestyle to travel more, to write and to share the very best of her adventures. Georgina has lived in three continents, and now, based at a stone's throw of London, which is her home. She has a special interest to bring the best of Britain to her audiences worldwide. Becoming newer from each travel, Georgina enjoys sharing her travel stories, drawing her readers into her world of boomer adventures while immersing them in the history, culture and food of a region. Together with her own informative, in-depth writing style, practical tips and suggestions on her blog, Timeless Travel Steps, Georgina make travel dreams a reality. She is happiest waking up to the chirpy sounds of the birds or sipping wine over sand in between her toes, while watching the rolling clouds melt into darkness.

75 comments

  1. I love the Tower of London. We took my nephews here last year and the whole family had fun. They especially loved the Beefeater tour! Great comprehensive post.

  2. Tower of London is definitely a destination to visit when in London – great value for money, great history and a beautiful place to chill. So glad you will visit next time you are here.

  3. Never made it to the Tower while I was in London. Thanks for the interesting and practical information – it’ll be useful next time I am in town. I make sure I tour the Tower 🙂

  4. I am so glad you found the article on Tower of London to be interesting and hope that you will visit the Tower when next visiting London. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.

  5. I cannot believe I missed visiting the Tower of London when I was in England almost a decade ago. I did see it from the outside but it didn’t strike me to go inside. I also did not know that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and that it’s the most complete castle remaining in Europe. The fact that it served as a Royal Palace and an infamous prison is intriguing. Also, some of the royal exhibits looks superb!

  6. I am so very glad that my post has inspired you to visit the Tower when you are next in London! The Tower provides a fascinating history and how it has and is continue to move forward with times. I look forward to hearing your experiences. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and to share your thoughtful comments. I appreciate it.

  7. I visited the Tower of London once, as a teenager in the late 80s. I think I just checked it off my list as a “been there, done that” and never went back, although I later lived in London for a while. This past summer, I actually talked my other half out of us visiting the Tower during a quick trip to the city. After reading your post, I’m kicking myself! I think I would appreciate the historical significance a lot more now. Thanks for such an informative post, and next time we’re in London we’ll definitely visit the Tower. 😀

  8. English history is so fascinating! Knowing the history of the Tower of London helps understand the various different buildings in the Tower – basically I was walking through history…Hope you will visit soon. Thanks for sharing your experiences, I appreciate it.

  9. I didn’t have time to visit the Tower of London when I was in London a few years ago. But I became really interested in its history after watching The Tudors and similar shows. Would love to go next time I’m in London.

  10. Absolutely! They do put up some good shows and suitable for both young and old. Glad that you enjoyed your visits and had a wonderful time. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences.

  11. So glad you visited the Tower of London – a place embedded with a wealth of history. Thank you for appreciating the Best Guide to Tower of London.

  12. So glad my article inspires you to visit again. Tower of London is a great place to visit and hope you will return. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments.

  13. Getting the 1000 years into a blog post was a challenge and it did take me a while but I enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you for appreciating the article and for your thoughtful comments. Appreciate it very much.

  14. Absolutely. There is so much to the Tower of London and my first few visits were just visits, if you know what I mean. Then, I really wanted to know more and researched and it has an incredible history – one that helps better appreciate a visit to this iconic castle. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.

  15. Considering how close I live to London, I’m surprised I haven’t visited the Tower yet! It sounds so incredibly fascinating and historically important for my country

  16. I have read a lot of articles about tower of London. The place is definitely super interesting when I was there I enjoy to hear more about the history, like you are mentioning here.

  17. It must have taken you ages to prepare such a great and complete article. I love it and it made me want to visit the Tower during my next London escape!! Loved every detail of this, bookmarking it now!!

  18. I finally got to visit the Tower of London this summer and I am so glad I checked it off my London bucket list. What a great guide for anyone visiting this amazing site.

  19. What a thorough post about the Tower Of London. I have been a few times and my favourite experiences are when there are live actors playing out a historical significant moment. I love watching them and following them as they run around. It makes you feel like you understand what it was like hundreds of years ago.

  20. Thank you so much, Karthika for sharing your thoughts on my post. Happy that you enjoyed it especially on the coronation.

  21. Thank you Sinjana. So glad you found this article helpful to plan your visit to the Tower of London next year. Look-out for updates on this iconic landmark before your visit. Drop me a line if you need to know anything else on London. Very happy to help.

  22. Tower of London is high on my list of things to explore in London. I’m planning a trip next year and this is really the only guide to this historic fort that I need.

  23. It is absolutely a magnificent castle and one can feel transported to back in the day if you are fully immersed in its history. I am glad that you like it and you enjoyed my photos. Thank you so much .

  24. That is wonderful. So happy my post brought back memories for you. Yes, the Jewels were absolutely mind-blowing! Thank you so much for visiting my page, much appreciated.

  25. The Tower of London is certainly intriguing and I love the stories behind those walls. Glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for your lovely comments. Hope you will visit soon.

  26. You are absolutely so welcome, April. Glad London is in your top destinations and hope you will enjoy your visit here very much. Do let me know if I can help in any way, Thank you for your lovely comments.

  27. Thank you so much for your encouraging and very positive comments endorsing this article. You are correct, I tried to to cover as much as and/or everything I possibly could in this article as means to provide my readers with all information so they do not have to go elsewhere. Appreciate your comments very much.

  28. Very glad that you found the information useful and help you for when you visit. Tower of London is certainly a castle worth visiting and personally, I think it is good value for money.

  29. Super happy that it brought back memories for you. Yes, there is a moving walk but you can also take the return one so you get to see both sides of the jewels. You are right about the few seconds but you can take the other moving walk and repeat. We were not hurried at all.

  30. It is an iconic landmark and yes, historical and tied very much to the roots of England. Glad you have visited and hope you will visit again.

  31. Those ravens are totally something else, aren’t they? They flew around so freely like they own the place and they do! 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed my post and reading it brought back memories for you. Hope you will have the opportunity to visit the Tower again. Thank you for sharing your experiences and for your lovely comments.

  32. Haha…glad you like it! The ingenuity of the Normana and the Tudors in creating a fortified defence! Truly remarkable. Thank you so much for appreciating the history behind this magnificent architecture.

  33. Thank you so much for your encouraging comments, Barry. I am so glad to receive such positive comments from an experienced adventurer like you who knows how invaluable a good informative guide is for visitors. Really appreciate it.

  34. Definitely a lot more to see than the Crown Jewels which is what the Tower is famous for. Certainly has a long history that’s worth knowing before visiting because it helps place certain areas of the castle into perspective.

  35. Tower of London is really gorgeous place. You have clicked so many photos from every corner. The architecture is simply wonderful.

  36. Wow! What a great and informative post about the Tower of London. I especially liked the stories about the prison and the ghosts who live there. Sounds like you really know your stuff

  37. Wow, what a complete write-up about the Tower of London and interesting facts. The gems and crown are beautiful. London is in our top 5 lists in visiting Europe. Thanks for sharing this.

  38. Wow, incredible post! It is amazing to know the rich history of tower of London and that over the years, it has been used as fortress, royal palace, and prison.

  39. I am so impressed how detailed and full of information this post is. I think you covered everything possible regarding the Tower of London. If anyone is going to tour the Tower, they must read your comprehensive guide. Wonderful job!

  40. Very informative post. I wish to pay a visit in some real castles too when Ill be travelling in europe. Your post helps alot! Thank you <3

  41. After seeing your review, I looked up when I was at the Tower of London…it was in 1978! I remember there was a moving walk which took you through a display of the crown jewels and you only had a few seconds to see each piece before the moving walk took you to the next. And, of course, no photography was permitted.

  42. What a complete account of the Tower of London. It was my first vist as a tourist when I was jsut under 30, about 40 years ago. It is so significantly tied to the history of England.

  43. Fab post! I have visited the Tower before as a child (although strangely, not as an adult when I lived in London!) However I missed out on quite a few exhibits, and missed a while bunch of the history, so I found this whole post fascinating. It is just such a shame that there is always SUCH a long queue to visit!

    I always loved seeing the ravens. They are such smart birds, even if they want to cheekily steal your lunch!

  44. Really great info, well laid out. The pics give a better perspective as a visitor there as they show what and how you see areas – better than the staged promo style in brochures. Loved it !

  45. This is fabulous Georgina! So much I didn’t know! And so much to see there – from the armoury, torture chambers, Crown jewels,and so much more. I’d definitely do that walk along the perimeter walls, too. And fancy having a zoo with exotic animals!

  46. That would be lovely. Perhaps Sheren could join us too, which would be absolutely lovely! Afterall it is Christmas! 🙂

  47. You are welcome, Kat & Phil. The Tower is one of my favourite places in London. So glad my post brought back happy memories for you. Thank you so much for your kind comments.

  48. Thank you so much, Ade. I am so happy that you found the guide a good resource for the Tower of London. Hope you will visit soon.

  49. This post perfectly encapsulates the tower!! Was there a few years ago and this brought the memories flooding back. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!!

  50. Georgina, what an incredible block, better than any tour guide. The detail, lay out and images ar excellent and informative. Thank you.

  51. Thank you so much Jay. Glad you enjoyed your visit to this part of Town. Hope you will visit the Tower on your next visit here.

  52. Thank you so much. London is constantly evolving and at the same time there is this London that has not changed one bit that makes a visit here rewarding at any time. Hope you will visit soon.

  53. I was always a West London girl, but on one trip I ended up in an apartment just around the corner from the Tower of London, and I fell in love with the area. It’s great to wander around.

  54. What a great and informative blog. I’ve not been to the Tower since I was a young girl – and that feels like a very long time ago! So nice to reconnect. London is one of those places I feel I must return to as an adult to appreciate it with wiser and keener eyes. Kx

Share your thoughts here...I would love to hear from you

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.