Open up any guidebook to London and you will see the Tower of London as a “Top 10” attraction to visit. I totally agree. Let’s put it this way, it’s a Top 10 attraction that has its own “Top 10” list so you know it’s packed full of interesting things.
The first thing everyone does, and I’d say it’s a great place to start, is to take the Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) guided tour and talk. I’ve taken the tour a couple of times. It hasn’t changed, yet it’s always interesting to hear the history and the stories. At the end, the guide has a quiz, and so you can show off to the crowd, I will tell you the answer to one of the questions. Question: “What is the question that the guides get asked most often?” Answer: “Where are the bathrooms?”
One of the most popular exhibits at the Tower is the display of the crown jewels. These are the actual crowns, etc. brought out for the big state occasions. You’ve never seen such splendor (or such security). There’s also an historic film of the Queen’s coronation so you get to see the jewels “in action”. In honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, they have just completed an updated display, include new music and film footage. It makes it all the more “must see”.
Then there’s the White Tower, where it all started back around 1100. Now home to a vast display of armor, make plans to stroll through or catch another complimentary tour.
I always enjoy taking a walk on the wall. If you are a photographer, you can get some great interior shots of the Tower grounds as well as lovely shots of the Tower Bridge from this vantage point.
There are other museums and exhibits included in the ticket, but if after all that you still have a craving for more Tower info, you can enhance your experience with audio tours.
As for souvenirs, I like the large gift shop that’s just outside the entrance – such diversity. No matter when I come to London, I always seem to buy something at this shop.
The Tower of London simply does not disappoint. I feel another visit coming on!