July 23, 2014

Tower of London & Tower Bridge


The first "big thing" we did in London was the Tower of London.
It was founded in 1066 and is a complex of several buildings surrounded by two walls and a moat. It has been used as an armory, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal mint, a public records office, a prison, and the home of the Crown Jewels. It's also, of course, been used as a royal residence. Clearly, the Tower of London is incredibly historic and grand, and it's the center of much of London's history. If you're a big history buff, the Tower is definitely worth a visit.

My mom and I visited not realizing just how expansive the Tower was. We thought we would be there for a couple hours and ended up exploring all afternoon. There is a lot to see, so I would suggest allotting a good chunk of time for the Tower when you visit. There were also a ton of people, so crowds and lines were unavoidable, so be sure to account for that as well. Our favorite part of our afternoon here was seeing the Crown Jewels. I've said many times that my mom and I are super interested in the royal family, so being able to see the Crown Jewels with our own eyes was simply amazing. Being that close to the various pieces that are the ultimate symbols of the monarchy is enough to make you feel royal if even just for a moment. I hate that we weren't allowed to take photos of them.

 

Several ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all times. It is believed that if the ravens were to ever leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall.


There are some great views of Tower Bridge while walking along the walls of the Tower.


This is the building where the Crown Jewels are housed. The line was incredibly long, but it moved quickly, and being able to see the Jewels made the wait worth it. If you only see one thing while visiting the Tower of London, I'd recommend the Crown Jewels.

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