The Tower of London
The Tower of London is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite.
The castle was used as a prison since at least 1100, although that was not its primary purpose. A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence. As a whole, the Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. There were several phases of expansion, mainly under Kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries. The general layout established by the late 13th century remains despite later activity on the site.
The Tower of London has played a prominent role in English history.
The Medieval Palace at the Tower of London contained fabulous interiors used by medieval kings and queens during their frequent but short visits to their most important fortress.
Summer opening times 01 March - 31 October
Tuesday - Saturday 09:00 - 17:30
Sunday - Monday 10:00 - 17:30
Winter opening times 01 November - 28 February
Tuesday - Saturday 09:00 - 16:30
Sunday - Monday 10:00 - 16:30
Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB
0844 482 7777