The Tower of London, located next to the River Thames in central London, is one of the Historic Royal Palaces. A historical monument, the Tower of London once served as a palace, a fortress, and a prison for offenders with high social stature. The Tower consists of a group of buildings that are housed within defensive walls. Currently, tourists can visit the Tower and view attractions such as the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
–The Tower of London is in close proximity to the Tower Hill tube station, the London Bridge and Fenchurch Street train stations, and several bus routes. The venue can also easily be reached on bicycle, by car, or by riverboat.
–The Tower of London is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5:30 PM and Sunday through Monday from 10 AM to 5:30 PM during the months of March through October. Between November and February, the Tower is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday through Monday from 10 AM to 4:30 PM.
—Tickets for the Tower of London guided tours and exhibitions cost £17 apiece for adults, £9.50 for children ages 5-16, and £14.50 for seniors and students. Admission is free for children under five. The price of admission includes access to the Prisoners of the Towers exhibition, the Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill exhibition, the White Tower and Yeoman Warder tours, and the activity trails.
–The Tower of London holds more than 23,000 priceless gems known as the Crown Jewels, which are always under the watch of an armed guard.