At one time, no one wanted to go to the Tower of London. It was usually a one way journey from which few returned. Nowadays, however, the Tower is one of the most popular places to visit in a city with numerous attractions.
Why is the Tower now so popular? Undoubtedly, its rather gruesome reputation as a prison and a place of execution is part of the reason. There is also the Tower's royal connection. Although it is not a full time royal residence, it is where the fabulous Crown jewels are kept. Yet, another reason is ood way to all of the history associated with the Tower - - so many intrigues and tragedies involving famous figures have been played out within its walls. In addition, the fact that the Tower is conveniently located in central London also helps.
In this feature, we discuss visiting the Tower. We'll give a brief overview of the history of the Tower, point out some of the things you can see there, and discuss the practicalities of ordering tickets and getting there.
The Tower is guarded by a detachment of the Queens Guard from Buckingham Palace and by the Yeoman Warders.
The Yeomen Warders, also called “Beefeaters,” were originally a body guard for the monarch. Today, they are required to have served for 22 years in the British armed forces.
The Queens Guard is usually provided by one of the five regiments of Foot Guards. These are active-duty soldiers who also perform combat assignments.
Each evening, the Guards and the Yeoman Warders perform the Ceremony of the Keys where the castle is locked down for the night. Visitors can attend the ceremony by writing to the Ceremony of the Keys office.
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