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The Tower of London
Member Name: Katy_roberts85
The Tower of London
Advantages: So much to see and do
Disadvantages: Very busy
The Tower of London: a historic fortress in central London. The nearest tube stop is Tower Hill. It's most famous part is the White Tower which is the original square tower built in 1708 by William the Conqueror. Although this is the most well known part the tower of London is actually comprised of many buildings surrounded by a moat (which is now dry but used to have water).
It's primary function was a prison and is known to have held: Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I amoongst many others. It also has Royal Lodgings, it housed Anne Boleyn on the night before her coronation. It is also home to the crown jewels and has been the home to the royal mint.
It is really easy to find as it is such a huge structure and is a very popular tourist attraction. It is literally swarming with people.
We went on a Saturday and it did not take us too long to get in as there were mutliple ticket booths. We had the 2 for 1 ticket entry from the train company so although ticket prices are relatively priced (circa £15 each per adult) The 2 for 1 offer definately saved us money and was well worth it.
We bought the guide book which was useful as it gave extra information about the exhibits.
I think it would be busy at any time as it is such a central monument. It was annoying that it was so busy there were many 'traffic jams' on the narrow stairways - which was elevated by strange people randomly stopping on the stairs for no reason so people couldn't go up or down! (people can be so rude!)
There were some reenactments underway when we were there which were fairly interesting but would have been of real interest to children.
There was a very very long queue for the crown jewels but it moved quite quickly. There was a sort of moving conveyor belt past the jewels so people couldn't stop too long which was good as it annoys me when people exhibit hog. They were interesting and I also like the video of our Queens coronation that was showing as you walked through the queue to get to the jewels, all very interesting.
If you want to see the chapel when Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey are buried then you need to go in at the alloted time with a tour guide (which you don't pay for). This is very interesting and I would recommend it. However I would have liked to actually get closer to the buriel site but this is not permitted.
We had a tea and cake in their cafe and I was pleasently suprised as although it was relatively pricey it wasn't ridiculously overpriced as you find all too often at these sorts of venues. There were also plenty of free tables so you weren't battling to sit down.
I found the site where Jane Grey and Anne Boleyn were beheaded really haunting but am glad I went to see it.
This attraction is a whole day out as we were there for about 5 hours and didn't see everything. You really have to accouht for how busy it gets which means you have to queue and moving around can take a while.
Summary: A great day out
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