MONDAY MARCH 19TH
The Tower of London
During our London trip we visited the tower of London. It has been many years since I visited and what a difference! This has become a slickly organised tourist attraction.
Looked very imposing as you approached form Tower Hill. What terror must this view have struck into the heart of those imprisoned there in the past.
We arrived at 1030h, The queues were about five minutes. I was a bit daunted by the entry fee of £20 90p for Adults and £17 10p for concessions, but we had got some two for one vouchers with daysout and (what they don’t tell you) the fee includes a donation, which I opted put of.at the window. So it actually cost around £19 for two.
Even if you are not travelling by train, it is worth just buying a rail ticket to get the deals. You print out the vouchers for all kinds of attractions at home before you go and as long as you have a train ticket valid for that day or a period between return than the vouchers are vailid. Having said that, the girl on the desk didn’t look at my train ticket.
There are very realistic models of lions in the old moat, that used to guard the tower, which was also a Royal palace and they had a ZOO.
The correct title of the Beefeaters is “Yeoman Warder” and they are all recruited from ex service personel. They have to have served for 22 years and have a distinguished service medal and be of good conduct. They live with their families in the Tower itself.
We took a tour, with one of the yeoman guards. When you have been a regimental Seargent Major, the voice comes in handy to show groups around the tower. Excellent, highly recommended.
Note the latest London iconic building in the background. Huge triangle still under construction
The dreaded Traitors gate, where they brought VIP prisoners through from the river
And the entrance to the Bloody tower. How my imagination was fired as our guide told us tales of executions ans lost princes.
The tour was excellent
More monkeys from the zoo.
Great view of Tower bridge from the battlemants.
..and in the opposite direction the New City Hall. Do yo think Boris could hear us shout?
The high entrance fee is well worth it, as you could spend a whole day there. There are lots of different tours with people dressed in medieval character. of course there are the stunning Crown jewels and an extremely nice restaurant, selling good wholesome food.
But we had booked another English tradition, afternoon tea at 15 30 so sadly we took our leave.
Love from Bolton