The Tower of London
One of London’s most popular and iconic tourist attractions, the Tower of London, is a great way to spend a family day out learning about the history of the Royals and the Tower’s past. Built by William the Conqueror in 1078, it is a historic castle that is located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.
Used as a prison until 1952 and now classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. The Crown Jewels are currently stored in the Waterloo Barracks at the Tower, as they have been since 1669 and the Tower is now also home to the ceremonial regimental headquarters of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. With guided tours by Yeomen Warders, a shop and a café, the tower is visited by over 2.4 million people each year.