The Tower of London
On the north bank of the River Thames in Central London stands the Queen's historic and majestic castle, The Tower of London. Here you can gaze up at the White Tower and visit the menagerie of Royal Beasts. This strong, defensive-looking tower was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and once served as a royal residence. Unfortunately, the tower was later used for more gruesome activity like torture and death, than for good. It has been seized and controlled several times throughout history, served as a prison for disgraced royal figures like Elizabeth I and also as an armory for military equipment.
On a more positive note, Prince Charles II was led from the tower to Westminster Abbey for his coronation to be king. The tower has held the Royal Mint, which is the public records office, and presently holds the UK's Crown Jewels and knights' armor for public display. With centuries of history behind this structure, its tours have always remained interesting to learn and difficult to forget.
Tourists can have free entry to the Tower of London with a purchase of a London Pass, which can be purchased online and obtained through London's Chamber of Commerce.
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