What is it?
The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London. The castle was used as a prison from 1100.
Where is it?
Address: Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB
Buying your tickets online is the cheapest and most convenient way to visit the Tower.
Under 5s are FREE
How do you get there?
There are lots of great transport links! You can get the MBNA Thames clippers there.
Tower Hill Tube Station – 2 minutes walk
Aldgate Tube Station – 8 minutes walk
Monument Tube station – 9 minutes walk
What’s there to do for families?
Tower Escape – it seems this event has now finished for the summer but it was so much fun.
John Gerard, a Catholic priest was a prisoner here for his beliefs. He successfully escaped and we were able to see an immersive experience of this. Little miss and I both really enjoyed the experience. It was well thought out and the actors really played their roles well!
Here are a few things we learned during our visit
1) 22 executions to place here!
2) “If the ravens leave the Tower the Kingdom will fall…’ – the ravens also have feathers clipped so that they cannot fly away. A very strange superstition lol
3) There was once a zoo there. The animals were eventually moved to where London Zoo is now.
4) The Crown Jewels have been held at the Tower of London since the reign of Henry III.
The Crown Jewels was an experience! Unfortunately you can’t take any photos so I can’t share the beauty we got to witness! I guess it’s even more of a reason for you guys to visit yourselves! You will honestly be amazed!
Little miss really loved learning about the animals that once lived there. Many years ago, the monarch would receive animals as gifts from all over the world from other powerful people in power. King Henry III was given 3 lions as a wedding gift.
As you can imagine there are lots of steps at the Tower of London and it would be impossible for you to carry your buggies up them. There are buggy parks available. I would suggest bringing a baby carrier if you have kids that are unable to walk and of course take your valuables out.
Like with any attraction like this there will of course be places to buy food. I always suggest bringing a packed lunch to avoid paying ridiculous amounts for small portions of food. Theres also a Tesco about 5 minutes away so you could always pop in there.
Would we go again?
Yes most definitely. We recently heard they have an ice skating rink during the festive season so we can’t wait to go back and check it out!