Off With Their Heads!
Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, has been the site of imprisonment, torture and executions. More recently though, it's actually quite a pleasant place to visit. We approached via the Thames, as did all those who were doomed to be beheaded. Fortunately we were not made to enter through the Traitor's Gate but spent a beautiful afternoon tramping about the grounds and learning a bit of the Tower's history.
The Tower of London harks back to the days of knights, The White Tower being build by William the Conqueror in 1078. The Tower has been an armoury, a prison, a treasury, and a menagerie. Today it boasts quite an extensive collection of armor and weapons as well as the crown jewels. A detachment of soldiers from Buckingham Palace is sent each day to guard them.
A few suggestions for your visit:
Do join a free guided tour with one of the Yeoman Warders (known as Beefeaters) to get the inside scoop. There are even twilight tours which include some of the more gruesome sights and spooky tales, but make sure you book ahead for these.
Do take your time and see it all. The Armoury and Crown Jewels are not to be missed.
Do schedule your tour so you can partake of lunch or tea at the New Armouries Restaurant. We enjoyed luncheon so much, we stayed on for tea before rejoining our cruise of the Thames.
If you entered the Tower by this gate, chances were good that your fate was sealed.
I much preferred the other entrance!