I thought I’d written about going to the Tower of London before, but apparently I haven’t. If you haven’t been yet, go! I love it, and when Maggie and Craig came in October I used them as an excuse to go for a second time.
I feel like the Tower of London falls into one of those “tourist trap” sort of places to a lot of people, but it’s so much more. You get a history lesson from the hysterical Yeoman Warders if you join on one of the free tours (join, it’s free, and entertaining, and you learn things), you get to see the crown jewels, and you get to visit my personal favourite the armouries. While it’s not the cheapest thing to do, you can easily spend a few hours, especially if you like reading everything like I do. You might need more time in the summer months when queues to get in to see the crown jewels are longer. There is always meant to be a raven on the Tower of London grounds, and the others that are free to fly around often hop around outside the cage anyway.Some of the men optimistically thought they had rather large packages to be protecting…must have been an intimidation tactic?Nice breastplate.This is possibly my favourite armour, protect the moustache! Or engrave one if you don’t have one. This dragon compiled of armour was new since the last time I went, so was quite a surprise when we climbed to the top.You are allowed to take pictures on the grounds and in the armoury, but no cameras allowed around the jewels I’m afraid. Security and all that. So put the camera away and marvel at the sparklyness of it all. And it is quite sparkly. There are some pretty big stones behind the cases, as well as ceremonial objects and dishes. When it comes to seeing the crown jewels, look fast, as you’re on a conveyer belt, which I find pretty funny. The Tower of London is conveniently located along the river Thames, with Tower Bridge just outside of the gates so you get some really great London views.
Have you ever been to the Tower of London? What was your favourite part?