The Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7, is one of the world’s most famous fortresses yet despite its grim reputation as a place of torture and death, there are so many more stories to be told. The world famous collection of fabulous finery and regalia , the Crown Jewels housed in a Jewel House, fit for the 21st century, the priceless collection holds some of the most legendary and extraordinary diamonds in the world. The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London are a unique working collection of royal regalia and are still regularly used by the Queen in important national ceremonies, such as the State opening of Parliament. The iconic White Tower, a symbol of London and Britain, overlooking the River Thames. Inside you will find the world’s longest running visitor attraction, The Line of Kings. A line of wooden horses, this is the surviving remnant of one of the oldest – and oddest – collections at the Tower. Coins and kings; the Royal Mint at the Tower, an exhibit devoted to telling the history of the Mint located at the Tower for over 500 years. Learn of Elizabeth I’s restoration of the coinage following her father Henry VIII’s disastrous meddling, and Charles II’s rejection of Commonwealth money. Beefeater tours – This body of men and one woman has guarded the fortress for centuries. Join one of their tours and you’ll be amazed and possibly appalled by tales that have been passed down for generations.
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