The Tower Of London

The Tower of London 

Overview: 

The Tower Of London is a castle located on the north bank of the Thames in central London. It is really easy to access the venue via the tube underground or mainland stations.   It was founded towards the end of 1066, and the White Tower was built by William the Conqueror in 1078.  The castle was used as a prison from 1100 until 1952. There is lots of explore, and even though it can get busy there is enough space within all the different features.

Review by Vic: 

I can’t believe I have never been here so this summer ventured with our son.  It’s very accommodating in the sense that carers go free and they don’t expect ID.  It was fairly priced but I only had to pay for one child, so just bear in mind if you have another adult or other children it’s quite pricey. They have lots of deals on different sites and 2 for 1 deals if you have traveled by train.  The ticket purchase queue is not the queue for entry so you have a separate queue to actually get in.  We were pretty lucky and it wasn’t busy on the day we went. They have a visitor centre which will also give you extra information and more accessible resources if required. I think if its really busy I would go into the visitor centre and see whether they could support a fast queue pass.

Exterior view of the White Tower and the lawn taking from the south by the Wakefield tower.

The tower and castle itself is very spacious which is great and there are many sections and areas to explore.  We didn’t bother with the Crown Jewels as you have to queue (you can probably see the theme of issue in our family!).  The best things that Jimmy liked was the menagerie of animals which had holograms on the ceiling.  Also, he liked the video about when the tower was involved in a fire which was clear and interactive.

We were there for about 2 hours but we flew through many of the exhibitions so you may stay longer.  It was good but I wouldn’t say worth it for us if we had the whole family as many of the displays are not particularity interactive and Jimmy wasn’t very engaged. However, its a great location and one of those memorable experiences.

There is a café on site and plenty of areas and benches to eat sandwiches outside. If this isn’t your thing around the area outside there is are lots of cafes and restaurants.  We walked to Monument tube station and there is a small little Tesco express there so could grab something.  We then ate our sandwiches at Puddling Lane and next to the monument where the Great Fire of London started.  I am really pleased we went and maybe when Jimmy is a bit older and could access more of the information we would return.