The Tower on London is one of the main sites in the city, probably because of its fascinating history. Unlike other attractions, it is quite expensive but definitely worth it, especially if you are going with your family. Unfortunately it has limited handicapped facilities, which is something that might prevent you to go there.
The whole structure is a collection of several towers, which since it was begun during the Middle Age it has served different purposes.
Probably not as impressive as others castles to explore, nevertheless the items that you can appreciate and the staff make the tour much more interesting.
You will see that it is quite crowded, but on the other hand even if the queues are quite long they flow quickly. Bring good shoes because you will be walking a lot. You can spend hours there and actually not see much of it.
Among the most interesting things to see, the White Tower is one of them. It was in fact the original Tower of London, which was whitewashed in the 13th century, hence its name. Nowadays it contains mainly a Royal Armouries collection. Very close to it you will find the Waterloo Barracks, where the crown jewels are kept when they are not worn by the Queen for official ceremonies.
The Jewels and the WhiteTower are a must, but there are plenty of things to see. For example, make sure not to miss St. John-s Chapel (the most ancient surviving Church in Englan) and the ceremony of the keys at 9.53 PM
Something very typical you will see are the Ravens, which have been there for centuries. There is a legend around those animals, which says that should they disappear, England would be struck by a big calamity. This is why they are treated as kings, and kept around by clipping the feathers of their wings.
It has been said that the whole experience is made enjoyable especially thanks to its staff. It is the case of the Beefeater Guides -official name Yeoman Warders. They must have served the British Army for at least 22 years in order to be there. They give free tours at established times during the day, even though they are officially the guardians of the Crown Jewels and the Tower during the night. They are not just actors, or guides, they really do have a profound knowledge and are in fact an attraction by themselves.
There are private guided tours as well in case you wish:
In case you prefer to go around by yourself, you might want to get informed a little bit beforehand. A guidebook is about 5 pounds. Once you are on site, the audio guide will provide a good commentary. If you are travelling with children, get them a book to keep them interested. Plus, if you feel hungry after a while, the restaurant has a menu for the children and generally speaking good food for a reasonable price
Please contact your Bicentennial Concierge in case you need further information.